Sweet potatoes have an amazing ability to walk the long between sweet and savory dishes. So we’ve rounded up our favorite recipes for everything from casseroles to gnocchi to fries and pie. Go simple and roast them, then use them as the base for a hearty vegetarian sandwich or sophisticated crostini. Or go ahead and mash them for what may be the best pumpkin pie you’ll ever eat. (Hint: There’s no pumpkin in it.)
Spicy Sweet Potato Cakes
These easy pancakes are made from a mash of roasted sweet potatoes. They get a fiery kick from Thai chiles and a crispy crust from a coating of panko.
Sweet Potato Salad
Roasted sweet potatoes are married with candied ginger in a citrus vinaigrette in a salad recipe from Kansas home cook Sue Ashline.
Toasted carob powder, yogurt, and grated sweet potato add complex flavor and chewy texture to this Croatian take on focaccia from home cook Tatjana Ciciliani.
Lentil Stew with Coconut (Dalma)
In the east Indian state of Odisha, this lentil stew, fragrant with coconut and enriched with silky, thinly sliced onions and long-simmered sweet potatoes, is an everyday staple.
Sweet Potato Fries
The pale yellow, thin-skinned sweet potato and the moister, orange-fleshed American “yam” (which is not really a yam, but another kind of sweet potato) both work well for these alternatives to conventional french fries.
Using boiled sweet potatoes rather than baked ones gives this pie a beautifully vibrant color. Get the recipe for Sweet Potato Pie »
Chopped whole lemon and spicy fresh ginger lend brightness to hearty roasted vegetables including sweet potatoes, acorn squash, and carrots.