Whether they’re roasted simply or baked into a classic casserole, sweet potatoes are a must on many Thanksgiving tables. Try these creative and inspired recipes, from salads and sides to a showstopping cheesecake dessert.
|Roasted Sweet Potato Salad with Pecans and Green Onions
This colorful roasted root vegetable salad is delicious alongside roasted meats. The dense sweet potatoes stand up well to hearty kale and crunchy nuts.
|Sweet Potato Puree with Marshmallow and Pecans
This play on the traditional holiday dishes with brown sugar, pie spices, butter, toasted pecans and a homemade marshmallow topping comes from Andy Ticer and Michael Hudman of Memphis’s Hog & Hominy. The dish stays on their menu all winter long.
|Sweet Potato Mash
Melted butter seasoned with fresh sage, ground cinnamon, grated nutmeg and brown sugar give a flavor boost to these mashed sweet potatoes. Drizzle with the maple-pecan topping for a sweet crunch.
|Sweet Potato Cheesecake with Marshmallow Meringue
Vibrant orange yams create a stunning contrast to the dramatic, sweet marshmallow meringue topping in this showstopping dessert. You can bake the cheesecake a day in advance, then refrigerate until ready to add the meringue.
|Roasted Sweet Potatoes with Chiles and Herbed Yogurt Sauce
Looking for something lighter and healthier than your usual Thanksgiving sweet potatoes, which are typically sweetened with brown sugar and topped with marshmallows? Try this simple dish, which gets a kick of heat from Calabrian chiles.
|Sweet Potato Soufflé with Spiced Pecan Topping
The warmly spiced crunch of the pecan streusel contrasts nicely with the smooth and naturally sweet soufflé. Bonus: it’s an easy dish to make ahead.
|Twice-Baked Sweet Potatoes with Pecan-Bacon Streusel and Marshmallows
For many, sweet potatoes topped with marshmallows are a nostalgic Thanksgiving favorite. In this recipe the traditional dish gets a new twist with and fun new topping in the form of mini-marshmallows that are lightly browned using a kitchen torch.
|Sweet Potato and Cranberry Hash
Diced and combined with green onions, cranberries and a touch of spice, sweet potatoes make a savory-sweet hash that is delicious served with poultry, pork or game.
|Sweet Potato and Leek Custard
Singing Brook, a hard sheep’s milk cheese made at Tennessee’s Blackberry Farm, lends a wonderful contrast to the sweet potatoes and garlic in this dish. If you like, substitute pecorino romano instead.
|Sweet Potato Gratin with Pecans
This gratin will be welcome on the Thanksgiving table, but you can also serve it as part of a breakfast buffet, alongside eggs and bacon.
|Roasted Pumpkin with Garlic, Sweet Potatoes and Cherry Tomatoes
This medley of roasted vegetables transitions between the seasons with summer’s last tomatoes and autumn’s first root vegetables and firm squashes. If you’ve never combined maple syrup and olive oil before, you’re in for a pleasant surprise
|Sweet Potato Puree with Caramelized Marshmallow
This recipe from James Tracey of Craft in New York City takes an old favorite in a sophisticated new direction with homemade marshmallow meringue. Whipped to stiff peaks, the sugary meringue turns golden brown as it bakes in the oven atop silky, nutmeg-scented sweet pot