A spoonful of sweet potato soufflé topped with brown sugar and pecan topping resting in a white bowl.
Ben Fink
1 of 14

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
Chunks of roasted sweet potatoes with Sriracha and lime wedges and sprigs of cilantro scattered over the top.
Amanda Frederickson
2 of 14

Roasted Sweet Potatoes with Sriracha and Lime

These roasted sweet potatoes with Sriracha and lime are an easy side dish that requires only 10 minutes of effort. You’re welcome.
Bourbon sweet potatoes in a white oval baking dish, sitting on a white and blue tea towel.
Ellen Silverman
3 of 14

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.
A cast-iron skillet filled with a cooked sweet potato cornbread with two pats of butter on top and a dish of butter pats beside it.
Hélène Dujardin
4 of 14

Sweet Potato Cornbread

This sweet potato cornbread may upend all your notions about what cornbread ought to be. It’s easy, stealthily healthy, and turning heads and drawing raves wherever it’s made.
A white dish filled with sweet potato casserole, topped with toasted marshmallows.
Robert M. Peacock
5 of 14

Classic Sweet Potato Casserole

This classic sweet potato casserole recipe is made with marshmallows, half-and-half, spices, and sugar. Just like grandma's.
A slice of sweet potato pie on a large metal plate with a napkin and a knife.
Squire Fox
6 of 14

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.
An earthenware bowl filled with curried sweet potato and lentil soup with cracked pepper on top and a spoon resting in the soup.
Helen Cathcart
7 of 14

Curried Sweet Potato and Lentil Soup

Curried sweet potato and lentil soup, made with red lentils and curry paste, packs a wallop of that traditional Thai juxtaposition of sweet, sour, salty, and hot even though it’s not at all southeast Asian in origin.
A chicken, sweet potato, and bacon casserole in an oval dish, topped with melted cheese
Susie Cushner
8 of 14

Chicken, Sweet Potato, and Bacon Casserole

This chicken, sweet potato, and bacon casserole is comfort food personified. Herbed chicken breasts, sweet potatoes, bacon, sautéed red onion, and Gruyère cheese are mixed together and baked. Weeknights, weekends, dinner for company. It does it all.
A pumpkin sweet potato pie in a brown pie dish with a fork resting inside and a linen napkin next to the pie dish.
Andy Lyons
9 of 14

Pumpkin Sweet Potato Pie

This pumpkin sweet potato pie takes the best parts of pie and sweet potato casserole and combines them into this magnificent side dish.
Two roasted sweet potatoes on a wooden table.
10 of 14

Roasted Sweet Potatoes

These roasted sweet potatoes require little more than plonking spuds on a baking sheet and sliding them in the oven. So simple. So healthy. So dang versatile.
A spiced sweet potato bundt cake on a piece of parchment, being drizzled with chocolate glaze.
Jody Horton
11 of 14

Spiced Sweet Potato Bundt Cake

This spiced sweet potato bundt cake is laced with fragrant autumn spices and drizzled with a coffee and chocolate glaze. And since there’s plenty of pureed sweet potato in there, we’re going to go ahead and call it healthy.
Sweet Potato Gratin
Katie Newburn
12 of 14

Sweet Potato Gratin

This sweet potato gratin recipe is made with russets, cream, cheese, and sage. A perfect Thanksgiving side dish.
Sweet Potato Cottage Pie
Con Poulos
13 of 14

Sweet Potato Cottage Pie

Sweet potato cottage pie is made with ground beef smothered with mashed potatoes and is a lot like shepherd's pie. Comforting, cheap, and easy.
A white earthenware bowl of sweet potato soup with coconut milk drizzled over the top.
Lisa Cohen
14 of 14

Sweet Potato Soup

Sweet potato soup with coconut milk. Easy, healthy, vegan, paleo. So incredibly complex, rich, and velvety smooth you’ll go wobbly in the knees. So ridiculously simple you’ll want to make it a weeknight staple.

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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