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18 Sweet Potato Recipes That Are Not Casseroles (& Not Too Sweet)

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There is a time and a place for marshmallow-topped, streusel-strewn, brown sugar-coated sweet potato casseroles. The time is the third Thursday in November—and maybe the day after, if there are leftovers—and the place is your Thanksgiving spread.

Until that time, sweet potatoes still deserve a spot on your fall table, just under a different guise: a savory one. Cheap, accessible, and endlessly versatile (Roast them! Purée them! Stew them!), sweet potatoes are the starch to fuel you through cool autumn months. Pair the orange tubers with bright flavors, like citrus juice and arugula, to balance their natural sweetness, or add them to stews and salads for bulk and color. If you need a little inspiration, here are 18 of our favorite ways to eat them.

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Spicy Vegan Sweet Potato Chili Fries
Spicy Vegan Sweet Potato Chili Fries
Miso, Ginger, and Scallion-Crusted Sweet Potatoes
Miso, Ginger, and Scallion-Crusted Sweet Potatoes
Vegan Kale and White Bean Korma

Vegan Kale and White Bean Korma by Alexandra Dawson

Sweet Potato, Kale, and Country Ham Hash with Maple Red-Eye Gravy

Sweet Potato, Kale, and Country Ham Hash with Maple Red-E... by Mary Catherine Tee

Everything I Want to Eat Quinoa and Lentil Salad
Everything I Want to Eat Quinoa and Lentil Salad
Individual Sweet Potato Gratins with Creme Fraiche, Onions, and Bacon
Individual Sweet Potato Gratins with Creme Fraiche, Onions, and Bacon
Roasted Sweet Potatoes with Merguez, Persimmon, and Za'atar Yogurt
Roasted Sweet Potatoes with Merguez, Persimmon, and Za'atar Yogurt
Martha Stewart's Sweet Potato, Celery, and Apple Salad
Martha Stewart's Sweet Potato, Celery, and Apple Salad
Spicy and Sweet Potato Colcannon with Pancetta

Spicy and Sweet Potato Colcannon with Pancetta by Allison Cay Parker

Yes-We-Can-Have-Sweet Potatoes-for-Dinner Salad

Yes-We-Can-Have-Sweet Potatoes-for-Dinner Salad by Nicholas Day

Sweet Potato & Manchego Tortilla with Coriander Mojo
Sweet Potato & Manchego Tortilla with Coriander Mojo
Roasted Sweet Potato with Chickpeas, Goat Cheese, and Coriander
Roasted Sweet Potato with Chickpeas, Goat Cheese, and Coriander
Sweet Potato Salmon Cakes with Chipotle Mayo
Sweet Potato Salmon Cakes with Chipotle Mayo
Roasted Sweet Potato and Black Bean Salad with Chile Dressing

Roasted Sweet Potato and Black Bean Salad with Chile Dres... by Alexandra Stafford

Southwestern Spiced Sweet Potato Fries with Chili-Cilantro Sour Cream

Southwestern Spiced Sweet Potato Fries with Chili-Cilantr... by TasteFood

Tempeh and Sweet Potato Hash
Tempeh and Sweet Potato Hash
Burmese-Inspired Chicken Braised in Coconut Milk & Turmeric with Sweet Potato
Burmese-Inspired Chicken Braised in Coconut Milk & Turmeric with Sweet Potato
Sweet Potato Soup with Feta and Za'atar Oil
Sweet Potato Soup with Feta and Za'atar Oil

What's your favorite way to use sweet potatoes, outside of Thanksgiving? Tell us in the comments!


Tags: sweet potatoes, vegetables