An oval baking dish filled with slices of candied sweet potatoes in a brown sugar syrup.
David Leite
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Candied Sweet Potatoes

These candied sweet potatoes are basted in a sweetly spiced butter mixture and roasted until tender. A Southern classic.
An inside-out sweet potato coated in corn flakes, with a marshmallow center.
Ben Fink
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Inside-Out Sweet Potatoes

Inside-out sweet potatoes are, quite simply, the best thing to happen to Thanksgiving since sweet potato casserole.

I’m 73, and these were always on the table for Thanksgiving growing up. My Mom always baked them just long enough to soften the marshmallow.

A wedge of bourbon sweet potato pie topped with a crumbly brown sugar streusel on a metal plate.
Beth Branch
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Bourbon Sweet Potato Pie

This bourbon sweet potato pie, filled with sweet potatoes, butter, cream, eggs, spice, and bourbon, is topped with a brown sugar streusel. Suddenly, Thanksgiving is even better.
A serving of roasted sweet potato and feta salad on a green plate with a fork resting on the plate.
Ben Fink
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Roasted Sweet Potato and Feta Salad

This roasted sweet potato and feta salad is an easy way to get your veggies and enjoy them at the same time. Sweet potatoes and spinach mingle with feta cheese and a honey dressing to phenomenal effect.

This recipe is so short and simple that even the worst cook in the world could throw it together and impress the harshest of critics. The combination of sweet, warm potato with the feta was, as always with such a duo, absolutely delicious.

Megan S.
A spoonful of sweet potato soufflé topped with brown sugar and pecan topping resting in a white bowl.
Ben Fink
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Sweet Potato Soufflé

This sweet potato soufflé with pecans is an easy Thanksgiving side dish (or dessert!) that’s simply sweet potatoes turned into a purée with some butter, sugar, vanilla and then buried beneath a satisfyingly buttery and not-too-sweet pecan and brown sugar streusel

Where have you been all my life, sweet potato soufflé!? Somehow, I’ve missed this recipe for the PAST 10 YEARS. Well, no more.

This was a hit at the Thanksgiving table this year. The potatoes themselves aren’t particularly sweet, but the topping…it’s like eating a pecan pie. And together–potatoes and topping–are a perfect balance. We’ll be making this every year from now on.

A slice of sweet potato pie on a large metal plate with a napkin and a knife.
Squire Fox
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Southern Sweet Potato Pie

Sweet potato pie is a classic holiday favorite in the South. A brown sugar pie crust holds the sweet, festively spiced, custard filling perfectly.
Bourbon sweet potatoes in a white oval baking dish, sitting on a white and blue tea towel.
Ellen Silverman
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Bourbon Sweet Potatoes

Only a Southerner, inheritor of the infamous Southern sweet tooth, would add massive quantities of butter and sugar to sweet potatoes and still regard it as a vegetable. Add a shot of bourbon? No problem.

 These bourbon sweet potatoes were the BEST sweet potatoes I’ve ever eaten! And the party crowd thought so, too. As we started to leave, I went to collect my dish and saw there were about three slices left. I reached to pack it up, and the hostess said, “oh please don’t take the potatoes!” Yeah, they were THAT good!

A white dish filled with sweet potato casserole, topped with toasted marshmallows.
Robert M. Peacock
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Classic Sweet Potato Casserole

This classic sweet potato casserole recipe is made with marshmallows, half-and-half, spices, and sugar. Just like grandma's.

Thanksgiving Sweet Potato Recipes FAQs

What’s the difference between yams and sweet potatoes?

Although the terms are often used interchangeably, yams and sweet potatoes are different. Yams are starchy, with a brown exterior and light-colored interior. They’re commonly grown in Latin America and Africa.

Sweet potatoes, which are what you’ll usually find at the supermarket, have a reddish-colored skin and interior and are creamier than yams.

What can I do with leftover sweet potatoes?

If you ended up roasting and mashing too many sweet potatoes for your casserole, you can do plenty of things with the extra. Fry them up as sweet potato patties, bake them into sweet potato cornbread or biscuits, or mix them with yogurt and tahini to create sweet potato hummus.

About David Leite

David Leite has received three James Beard Awards for his writing as well as for Leite’s Culinaria. His work has appeared in The New York Times, Martha Stewart Living, Saveur, Bon Appétit, Gourmet, Food & Wine, Yankee, Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, The Washington Post, and more.

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