Sweet Potatoes

Find recipes and tips for cooking sweet potatoes in pies, casseroles, and more.

Sweet Potato Pie
Look who’s giving traditional Thanksgiving pumpkin pie some healthy competition. A favorite holiday dessert in the Southern United States, sweet potato pie is easy to make from scratch.

Sweet Potato Pie I

Photo by NIKITA2

Sweet Potato Casseroles
Think beyond the marshmallows! There are plenty of other ways to top your favorite sweet potato casseroles.

Yummy Sweet Potato Casserole

Photo by Cynthia Ross

Sweet Treats
Sweet potatoes are a great match for dessert ingredients like brown sugar, vanilla, cinnamon, honey, maple syrup, ginger, coconut, nutmeg, pineapple, pecans, and fruit juices.

Sweet Potato Oranges

Photo by LynnInHK

Savory Complements
Sweet potatoes love to take on savory ingredients like cumin, coriander, lime juice, beans, cheese, herbs, garlic, and onions.

Caribbean Sweet Potato Salad

Photo by slmcm

Endless Possibilities
You can use sweet potatoes in just about any place you would use white potatoes:

  • Mashed
  • Soups
  • Baked
  • Potato salads
  • French fries
  • Latkes

For a quick side dish, peel, shred, and sauté with butter or olive oil. Season with salt, pepper, and balsamic vinegar, or sprinkle of herbs or shredded cheese. (Also try tossing with pasta!)

Sweet potatoes also taste great raw: cut them into sticks for a new addition to the veggie platter, or shred them for salads.

Addictive Sweet Potato Burritos

Photo by Jenn Hall Guidry

Picking Potatoes
Available from mid-fall to mid-winter, sweet potatoes are best in season. These tips will help you make the most of sweet potatoes:

  • They don’t store as well as white potatoes, so enjoy them within a week of purchasing.
  • Choose sweet potatoes that are firm, with unwrinkled skin and no bruises or soft spots.
  • Store in a cool, dry place in a container that’s open to the air.
  • Don’t refrigerate raw sweet potatoes, or they will develop a hard core and their flavor will deteriorate.

A Case of Mistaken Identity
There’s a difference between yams and sweet potatoes: Real yams don’t taste particularly sweet, and they’re not actually related to sweet potatoes. When people talk about yams, they’re often talking about sweet potatoes–the ones with the moist, sweet, bright orange flesh.