15 sweet potato dishes

The sweet potato is an essential flavor of fall. Get delicious ideas for soups, sides, and dessert

A vegetarian dish of Sweet-Potato Gnocchi with Mushrooms and Spinach

Photo by Leigh Beisch; styling by Dan Becker

Sweet-Potato Gnocchi with Mushrooms and Spinach

This spectacular main dish will impress discerning vegetarians and omnivores alike.

Recipe:  Sweet-Potato Gnocchi with Mushrooms and Spinach

Serve Sweet-Potato Soup with Prosciutto Crisps

Annabelle Breakey

Sweet-Potato Soup with Prosciutto Crisps

Served in demitasse cups, this sophisticated little soup makes an easy-to-handle big-party hors d’oeuvre. For a purely vegetarian soup, garnish with chopped chives.

Recipe:  Sweet-Potato Soup with Prosciutto Crisps

Miso, Sesame, and Sweet Potato Dip

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Miso, Sesame, and Sweet Potato Dip

The Asian seasonings take the sweet potatoes in a savory direction.

Recipe: Miso, Sesame, and Sweet Potato Dip

Sweet-Potato Fries

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Sweet-Potato Fries

This easy recipe will delight those of us who prefer sweet-potato to regular fries.

Recipe: Sweet-Potato Fries

A Thanksgiving side dish of Roasted Sweet Potatoes and Apples.

Photography by Leigh Beisch; styling by Dan Becker

Roasted Sweet Potatoes and Apples

This sweet potato dish strikes a perfect balance between sweet, tart, and savory. Rather than adding marshmallows for sweetness, we used apples and maple syrup. 

Recipe:  Roasted Sweet Potatoes and Apples

Chinese-style Beef, Sweet Potato, and Bok Choy Stew

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Chinese-style Beef, Sweet Potato, and Bok Choy Stew

Chinese five-spice powder infuses this colorful stew with a warm, anise-y note.

Recipe:  Chinese-style Beef, Sweet Potato, and Bok Choy Stew

Grilled Rosemary Sweet Potatoes

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Grilled Rosemary Sweet Potatoes

This dish works well with grilled pork and a salad, or as a Thanksgiving side if you take your menu in a grilled direction.

Recipe: Grilled Rosemary Sweet Potatoes 

Sweet Potato-Parsnip Latkes

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Sweet Potato-Parsnip Latkes

These latkes feature sweet potatos, parsnips, and shallots, making them ideal for Hanukkah celebrations. Gingered sour cream complements the latkes perfectly.

Recipe: Sweet Potato-Parsnip Latkes

A Thanksgiving dessert of Roasted Sweet-Potato Cheesecake with Maple Cream.

Photography by Leigh Beisch; styling by Dan Becker

Roasted Sweet-Potato Cheesecake with Maple Cream

This prize-winning recipe from a Sunset reader is one of our absolute favorites, creamy and moist, with just the right amount of sweetness, this dessert will wow your guests.

Recipe:  Roasted Sweet-Potato Cheesecake with Maple Cream

Chili-glazed Sweet Potatoes

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Chili-glazed Sweet Potatoes

Spicy red jalapeno jelly plays perfectly against sweet potato's sugary flavor in this easy side dish.

Recipe:  Chili-glazed Sweet Potatoes

Marmalade- and Ginger-glazed Sweet Potatoes

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Marmalade- and Ginger-glazed Sweet Potatoes

This simple recipe highlights the sweet potato's bright flavor with hits of orange and ginger.

Recipe:  Marmalade- and Ginger-glazed Sweet Potatoes

Baked Sweet Potatoes with Apricots and Bourbon

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Baked Sweet Potatoes with Apricots and Bourbon

Dried apricots and a hint of bourbon are mashed with creamy sweet potatoes in this crowd-pleasing side.

Recipe:  Baked Sweet Potatoes with Apricots and Bourbon

Sweet-Potato Gratin

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Sweet-Potato Gratin

Both orange sweet potatoes (such as Garnet and Jewel varieties) and white sweet potatoes work well in this dish, but the vibrant orange ones bring a splash of color to the table-freshly grated parmesan cheese makes the dish stand out.

Recipe:  Sweet-Potato Gratin

Coconut Pan-Roasted Sweet Potatoes with Sesame Seeds

Aya Brackett

Coconut Pan-Roasted Sweet Potatoes with Sesame Seeds

Virgin coconut oil is unrefined and cold-pressed, like extra-virgin olive oil, and isn’t hydrogenated. It has a clean, slightly nutty taste that’s delicious in this dish. Deborah Madison, who adapted this recipe from one in a new revision of her book Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone (1997), likes to use a mix of sweet potatoes, but it’s fine to go with just one kind. Paler sweet potatoes tend to be drier, so if you use them, add more oil.

Recipe: Coconut Pan-Roasted Sweet Potatoes with Sesame Seeds

Sweet Potato and Black Bean Chili

Annabelle Breakey

Sweet Potato and Black Bean Chili

Earthy sweet potatoes add depth to this vegetarian chili. New Mexico chile powder is fruity and mild, so don’t be scared off by the generous amount called for here. Feel free to swap in any other kind of chile powder you have on hand—just use less of it.

Recipe: Sweet Potato and Black Bean Chili

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