by Erin Marissa Russell
If your family and friends have already enjoyed your garden’s harvest of sweet potatoes served in all your favorite dishes but you’ve still got a pile of potatoes to cook, Gardening Channel has brought together 100 recipes to help spice things up.
After preparing the perfect plot of soil, sowing the miniature seeds and babying each vegetable seedling according to its needs, you’ve spent hour after arduous hour pulling up invading weeds. Not only that, you’ve trekked back and forth carrying a jug or dragging a tangled garden hose to replenish the plants with water—and maybe even waged war on enemy insect hordes. Finally, you’re triumphantly hauling bushel after bushel of homegrown sweet potatoes in from your garden.
To make it easier to think of new ways to serve your sweet potatoes, we’ve done the legwork for you. Keep reading for 100 of the best ways you can cook the sweet potatoes you grow in your garden.
Let Sweet Potatoes Star in Simple Sides Using Classic Preparation Techniques
The flavor of a simple sweet potato is satisfying enough to stand alone. You can often dress up a plain-Jane sweet potato with the addition of just one or two ingredients, such as tahini, peanut butter, garlic with olive oil, or Parmesan cheese.
Knowing the classic techniques for cooking sweet potatoes will arm you with an artillery of templates so you can improvise with whatever else you have in your kitchen. The first recipe under each preparation below gives you the basic rundown for each, then we’ve listed a few upgrades you may find as enticing as we did.
Baked Sweet Potatoes
Though it takes some time and forethought to get baked whole sweet potatoes on the table, there’s nothing more delicious than one fresh from the oven with caramelized bits soaking up butter and dressed with salt and pepper. Learn how to make the Perfect Baked Sweet Potato from Delish, and you’ll be set with a simple dinner side or a tasty, filling weekday lunch that’s versatile enough to be customized with last night’s leftovers.
Roasted Sweet Potatoes
Roasting is probably the quickest way to get sweet potatoes on the table. AllRecipes’ Oven Roasted Sweet Potatoes will show you how to do the classic preparation, or check out the recipes listed here for more inspiration.
Mashed Sweet Potatoes
There’s almost nothing better than a creamy bowl of mashed sweet potatoes. For the simplest recipe, follow Dinner at the Zoo’s Mashed Sweet Potatoes. The additions below take things to the next level.
Grilled Sweet Potatoes
Once the grill is fired up, you can make a quick addition of sweet potatoes to the lineup. MyRecipes’ Grilled Sweet Potatoes will show you the ropes, or jazz them up with one of the ideas below.
Stuff Sweet Potatoes with Toppings Sweet or Savory for an All-in-One Meal or Filling Side
The humble baked potato is elevated when it’s stuffed with toppings to create whole new flavor profiles. From fajita potatoes to street-corn-inspired potatoes to sweet potatoes stuffed with grapes, goat cheese, and honey, one of the recipes below is sure to tantalize your taste buds.
Include Your Garden’s Sweet Potatoes in Casseroles, Bakes, and Other Homey Dishes.
From a traditional Southern-style sweet potato bake to a dressed-up au gratin, these homey casseroles and layered dishes capitalize on the sweet potato as comfort food. Read the recipes listed here to get some ideas.
Sweet Potatoes Make for Silky Soups and Nourishing Stews.
They’re affordable, nutritious, and when sweet potatoes are simmered into your family’s favorite soups and stews, they’re absolutely delicious. The recipes below will show you just some of the ways you can serve sweet potatoes from the garden in a steaming bowl of warming soup or stick-to-your-ribs stew.
Welcome the Day with Sweet Potatoes at Breakfast or Brunch
Sure, you can add roasted sweet potatoes to a breakfast plate, but the recipes here take things up a notch. From incorporating sweet potatoes in your favorite breakfast pastries to basing an early-morning casserole on them, there are plenty of ways to enjoy your sweet potatoes early in the day. Take a look here.
Sweeten Things Up with Desserts or Savory Baked Goods Starring Sweet Potatoes.
The naturally sweet flavor of the sweet potatoes your garden produces makes them an ideal candidate for all kinds of dessert recipes. Sweet potato pie is a classic, but you’ll find more unexpected preparations here, too, like salted cashew sweet potato fudge or sweet potato truffles. Keep reading for ideas on desserts that feature sweet potatoes.
Don’t dishonor your hard work growing this top-yielding garden crop by letting a surplus of delicious, healthy homegrown veggies start to seem boring or uninspired. ‘Tis the season of the sweet potato—why not celebrate nature’s abundance (and your own time and effort) by feasting on sweet potatoes in a whole host of ways?