20+ Delicious Recipes That Will Teach You How to Prep, Cook, and Eat a Sweet Potato
Consider this a course in sweet potatoes. A virtual Sweet Potato 101, if you will. Sweet potatoes are a versatile vegetable that can be used in any number of recipes. With so many ways to enjoy them, it’s not hard to see how they have become one of the most popular foods in America!
Are sweet potatoes good for you?
High in nutrients and low in calories, Sweetpotatoes from California are a designated superfood. They’re also fat- and cholesterol-free and a great source of dietary fiber which, among other things, can help you feel full and satisfied longer.
- Because of California’s climate sweet potatoes are cured right in the soil, while they’re still on the vine, rather than curing them after harvest in storage sheds. Not only is vine-curing naturally chemical-free—but it also increases the sweet potatoes’ shelf life.
- Sweet potatoes have more potassium per ounce than a banana and more beta carotene than carrots!
Sweet potato vs yam?
Talk about a controversy in the food space! Did you know that the yams you see at your local grocery store across the entire United States are actually sweet potatoes?!
In short, all so-called “yams” in your local supermarket are in fact sweet potatoes! You’ve probably never even seen an actual yam, to be honest. Curious to know more?
While sweet potatoes are called “potatoes,” they aren’t related to white potatoes at all. They come in many colors besides the more familiar orange. With flesh that can vary from white to orange and even purple! The different colors of sweetpotato have subtly different flavors and textures ranging from super sweet to rather mild.
If you are more of a visual learner, he also made a video about sweet potatoes vs yams too! Watch it below!
Have you ever wondered, how are sweetpotatoes grown?
California’s sunshine and warm, dry climate mean our sweetpotato vines are lush and fast-growing, with a longer growing season allowing year-round supply.
Because of our climate, we can cure California sweet potatoes right in the soil, while they’re still on the vine, rather than curing them after harvest in storage sheds. Not only is vine-curing naturally chemical-free – but it also increases our sweet potatoes’ shelf life.
What you really should know is that California sweet potatoes are each selected, planted, sorted, sized, and packed by hand. Farmers and farmworkers getting up close and personal with each sweetpotato ensures that they reach their high standards. Plus, using less machinery minimizes scarring and scratching—so our sweetpotatoes are not only prettier, they’re fresher longer.
Do you want to know more about how sweet potatoes are grown in California? We strapped on our mud boots and followed the sweetpotato harvest so that we could share the entire process with you!
We talked with two veritable sweetpotato experts, Jason Tucker and Brad Ralls, who walked us through the entire process, from selecting and growing the right plants all the way to packaging.
Is “sweetpotato” one word or two?
According to our friends at California Sweetpotatoes, “sweetpotato” is correct because their product is not, in fact, a sweet potato.
As we discussed earlier it’s not a potato at all, but botanically an entirely different vegetable, gifted with a totally different set of better-for-you nutrients, amazing taste, and incredible versatility. So sweetpotatoes—one word—is in fact grammatically correct.
You probably have more knowledge about sweetpotatoes than anyone you know at this point in our article – feel free to blow the minds with that whole sweet potato vs yam factoid. You can send them here when they try to prove you wrong!
20+ ways to prepare and cook a sweet potato.
From sweet to savory and everything in-between these are our favorite sweetpotato recipes from some of our most trusted recipe developers. These tried and true recipes are sure to deliver excellent results every single time.
Techniques for cooking a sweet potato that is the star of the dish:
Did you know there’s a secret to making the perfect roasted sweet potato? Meg of This Mess is Ours walks you through the easiest, fastest, and most delicious way to roast a sweet potato (in the oven) step-by-step.
Plus, she shares her one simple trick for taking your oven-roasted sweet potatoes to the next level! Just look at those caramelized edges!!
Crispy, delicious Baked Sweet Potato Fries that really hold up!
Oven-Baked Sweet Potato Fries can be tricky. After LOTS of trial and error, KC the GFree Foodie shared a bevy of sweet potato fry-baking tips that cannot be missed.
Ever wondered if you can cook a whole sweet potato in the air fryer? Turns out, you can and Vegetarian Mama can show you how.
Air Fryer Baked Sweet Potato is a delicious side dish to compliment any meal. Just pop the sweet potatoes in the air fryer and you’ll have a sweet treat in no time.
Ok, you got me – this doesn’t look like a traditional Hasselback potato of any sort. But, in theory, it’s all the same – except ultra-crispy and more delicious.
Try our Hasselback Sweet Potato Skewers! The secret to this new wave twist on a Hasselback sweet potato recipe lies in a unique slicing method followed by soaking in water to remove any starch before cooking.
We can’t stop eating KC the G-Free Foodie’s easy and delicious homemade Honey BBQ Sweetpotato Chips!
These snacks are naturally gluten-free and Paleo-friendly. Which basically means you will be winning game day!
Delicious mashed sweetpotato recipes:
This Instant Pot recipe is spicy, and sweet while being a perfect savory side dish! Plus,thsi side dish recipe cooks in 30 minutes from start to finish!
A dash of cayenne pepper, lime juice, and fresh cilantro really makes the flavors sing in this recipe! Plus, it is vegan, Whole30, and paleo which means this mash from Nom Nom Paleo goes well with everything!
This Apple Cider Mashed Sweet Potatoes with Crispy Onions recipe from Yes to Yolks is a total Thanksgiving day game changer!
This dish is slightly sweet, spiced, and super creamy thanks to apple cider and butter in the mash.
We can’t wait to try this version during the holiday season topped with crispy air fryer shallots!
Savory recipes using sweet potato as a main ingredient:
The smoky, crisp sweet potato combined with the light, sweet, peppery, herbed goat cheese is pure appetizer magic.
It’s one of those dishes you can serve as a start to Thanksgiving without filling people up or as part of a cocktail party as an unexpectedly indulgent bite.
How to use sweet potatoes in salad recipes:
Sweet recipes using sweet potatoes as a main ingredient:
These homemade Sweet Potato Marshmallow Bars from Britney Breaks Bread are so fluffy and buttery and the perfect treat for when you want something sweet!
This dessert recipe calls for sweet potato puree in the batter and yields a perfectly spiced, rich, indulgent dessert recipe.
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