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