Sometimes it seems white potatoes get all the glory: We eat them baked, fried, mashed, boiled, scalloped, roasted, au gratin… The list goes on (and on and on). But sweet potatoes are just as versatile and delicious — and they’re packed with so many more nutrients than those beloved russet, red, Yukon and Idaho spuds. And while most of us are most familiar with sweet potato fries or plain baked sweet potatoes, there are hundreds of ways to serve these tasty spuds. Keep scrolling to find out what makes sweet potatoes so special and how to serve them up so your crowd is begging for seconds — and thirds!
What makes sweet potatoes so special?
These vibrant, sweet spuds are nature’s top source of beta-carotene — a nutrient that’s been linked to healthy vision, supercharged immunity and more. They’re also low in fat, a good source of fiber and rich in the heart-healthy mineral potassium. Most important, they’re delicious no matter how you prepare them!
Woman’s World Food Director Julie Miltenberger says, “I like stirring just-tender baked sweet potato cubes into vegetarian chili for a hearty boost of satisfying carbs and fiber.” But Julie also loves mashing sweet potatoes. “Since sweet potatoes have a higher sugar and moisture content than regular potatoes, I find that when I’m mashing them (I serve ’em with pork chops!), I don’t even need to add milk!”
Keep scrolling for our 11 favorite baked sweet potato recipes.
Twice Baked Sweet Potatoes
We transformed a classic holiday casserole into these crowd-pleasing stuffed spuds.
Twice-Baked Cranberry Sweet Potatoes
Thanks to a quick cook in the microwave before baking, these sweet potatoes require less time in the oven.
Marshmallow Surprise Sweet-Potato Puffs
These puffs are the perfect mix of savory and sweet!
Sweet Potato–Butternut Squash Mash
Roasting helps caramelize the squash and sweet potato for extra rich flavor. Feel free to cook a day in advance.
Bacon-Cheddar Sweet-Potato Skins
Bacon, cheese and sweet potatoes: What could be better?
Roasted Sweet Potato Kale Salad
Sweet spuds roast in the oven to tender perfection for a delicious topper to good-for-you kale.
Ranch Stuffed Sweet Potatoes
Sour cream, butter and seasoning mix combine to make these spuds extra creamy and delicious.
Garlic Balsamic Sweet Potato Fries
These oven-baked wedges have all the flavor but just a fraction of the fat of the deep-fried version.
Sweet Potatoes With Smoky Orange Butter
Smoked paprika adds easy gourmet flair to the parsley-garlic butter slathered on our sweet potatoes.
Creamy Sweet Potato Gratin
This guaranteed-to-please colorful casserole is make-ahead easy; simply reheat it in a low-temperature oven.
Chili-Spiced Hasselback Sweet Potatoes
Chili powder and allspice give these spuds a surprising complexity, but cumin or cloves would be great too.
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