While the orange spuds get plenty of attention all year long, they come into their crowning glory on Thanksgiving. Because of their natural sweetness, they can be incorporated into every part of the Thanksgiving meal, from side dishes to dessert to breakfast the morning of. Here are 15 tasty ways to dig into sweet potatoes this holiday.
This updated version of the classic sweet potato-and-marshmallow duo swaps in airy, just-sweet-enough toasted meringue for the store-bought mallows.
Bay leaf and garlic-infused cream is a rich, savory base for these scalloped sweet potatoes. They're made extra-decadent by broiling Gruyère cheese on top.
This twist on Hasselback potatoes uses the orange spuds instead of the usual white ones and enrobes them in nutty brown butter.
A little smoked paprika gives the breadcrumb topping an earthy depth to contrast the natural sweetness of the potatoes.
The eye-catching vegan pesto that tops this dish is far from your usual basil, Parmesan, and pine nut affair. Instead, it verges on the edge of an Indian chutney. Fresh chili lends heat, pistachios lend richness, and shredded coconut lends sweetness.
These pretty stacks of roasted beets and sweet potatoes have a layer of goat cheese and are a great main course choice for the vegetarians at your table.
A simple pan of roasted sweet potatoes is always a welcomed side dish, but here they get the holiday treatment by being dressed up with licorice-y star anise, spicy ginger, and tangy lime.
Instead of finding room in your oven to roast the sweet potatoes before mashing, simmer them right on the stove and mash with their cooking liquid for extra-flavorful results.
With balsamic vinegar and brown sugar in the mix, these mashed sweet potatoes are just sweet enough. The sour cream's tang pulls it back to balanced perfection.
Swapping in coconut milk for the usual cream or milk not only makes these whipped sweet potatoes vegan, but it also gives them an extra jolt of nutty sweetness.
Any Southerner will tell you that sweet potato pie is as important on the dessert table as apple or pumpkin. Follow this recipe for a truly classic version.
Here's a dessert that is sure to surprise your guests. Thin rounds of caramelized sweet potatoes replace the usual apples in this fun take of the traditional French dessert.
A bit of mashed sweet potatoes in the bread dough makes for rolls that are equally welcome at the Thanksgiving table as they are at the breakfast table the next morning, preferably slathered with butter and honey.
While guests await the main attraction, treat them to a seasonal crostini topped with soft goat cheese, maple-roasted sweet potatoes, and crunchy salted pumpkin seeds.
Start Thanksgiving morning off right with these whole-wheat muffins studded with raisins, shredded coconut, and walnuts. The best part: the grated sweet potato and apple in the recipe keep them exceptionally moist, which means you can bake them a couple days in advance.