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The Best Ways to Use Up Leftover Sweet Potato

With this many uses for extra sweet potatoes, it's easy to be sweet on your leftovers.

July 29, 2019

Got leftover sweet potatoes in your fridge? Say, you made dinner one night or meal-prepped a few sweet potatoes and don't know what to do with the leftovers. Well, you're in luck! Sweet potatoes are the best base for things like waffles, salads, soups, and of course, pie. Here's exactly what you should cook with them, whether your sweet potatoes are mashed or baked or boiled or steamed—and don't forget to scroll down for our best leftover sweet potato recipes.

We’ve all been there: We popped vegetables in the oven to roast, but then they took too long and then ... dinner couldn't wait. They’re still worth saving, of course—but sometimes figuring out how to use them can be a little overwhelming. 

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Erinrae was left with some extra sweet potatoes the other night and took to the Hotline to ask for your best ideas for repurposing them. As always, you came through with a bunch of brilliant ideas, inspiring all of us to step up our bestover game:

For breakfast:

For lunch or dinner:

Leftover Sweet Potato Recipes

What's your favorite use for leftover sweet potatoes? Tell us in the comments or join the conversation over on the Hotline!

First photo by James Ransom, second photo by Mark Weinberg, final photo by Linda Xiao

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HalfPint July 29, 2019
Leftover sweet potatoes are wonderful in shaved ice. I currently in love with Taiwanese shaved ice with taro, mochi balls, grass jelly, and sweet potatoes, doused with black sugar syrup and condensed milk. If MeetFresh (Taiwanese shaved ice/boba chain) wasn't so ludicrously packed ALL THE TIME, I would be in serious trouble ;)
isw July 29, 2019
Let the baked sweet potatoes sit overnight in the 'fridge. Then peel, slice about 1/4" thick crossways or at an angle, and sauté in butter until the edges get nicely caramelized.
Eric K. July 29, 2019
Fran G. August 13, 2017
Made 2 loaves last night. Great recipe for breakfast toast, french toast, etc. So easy to make. I just love this dough.
arcane54 July 10, 2016
Deborah Madison's sweet potato ginger muffins from Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone.
Phyllis February 19, 2015
I mash through a ricer then blend into soups or chili towards the end of cooking for texture and nutrition.
Burnt O. February 16, 2015
Sweet potato kimchi salad! Roast diced sweet potatoes with olive oil, salt and pepper. Mix chopped kimchi with mayo or Greek yogurt, scallions and some gochugaru powder.
Kenn February 15, 2015
Add puréed sweet potatoes to your pancake batter. Top your pancakes with a drizzle of honey and toasted pecans.
arcane54 February 14, 2015
Sweet potato ginger muffins from Deborah Madison's Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone! Candied and fresh ginger, just sweet enough and rich enough from the sweet potato (and a bit of butter, of course).
Millie |. February 14, 2015
I agree - adding it to oatmeal is delicious (so good as overnight oats!) and I love them in salads!
Maureen M. February 14, 2015
Sweet potato rolls! http://silverthyme.blogspot.com/search?q=sweet+potato