7 Savory Ways to Use Sweet Potatoes

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Most families only see sweet potatoes show up on their family dinner table a couple times a year- at Thanksgiving and Christmas.  We think this is a shame since there are so many delicious ways to use sweet potatoes all year round.  The holiday season offers a great opportunity to try out some fantastic and flavorful recipes that highlight the sweet, savory goodness sweet potatoes can bring to any meal.  As you plan out your meals for the coming months, consider trying some of our favorite ways to use sweet potatoes.  You may find some new family favorites that will enable you to incorporate sweet potatoes into your every day meals even after the holiday season.

1.     Sweet Potato Fries

French fries made with sweet potatoes have been showing up on menus and in the frozen food section of the grocery store for the past couple years and can offer a new way to enjoy this family favorite.   Sweet potato fries, when baked in the oven, can offer a great alternative to traditional fries.   Sweet potatoes are packed with Vitamin A and full of fiber.   Since sweet potatoes have a higher sugar content than standard potatoes, fries made with them have a sweetness that can eliminate the need for sugary dipping sauces.  Try our recipe for Oven Fried Sweet Potatoes.

2.     Sweet Potato Patties

Whether you use them as a side dish or as the main course in a vegetarian meal, patties made with sweet potatoes offer a great way to get this great vegetable onto your table.  Whip up a batch of Basil Butter Sweet Potato Patties for lunch of serve them with your choice of meal at your main meal.

3.     Holiday Yams

At some point in our lives, most of us have seen a dish made with sweet potato and marshmallows pass us by during Thanksgiving dinner.  This year, change up your sweet potato dish and swap gooey marshmallows for heart healthy orange juice.  We love this recipe for Orange Coated Yams.

4.     Sweet Potatoes, Southern Style

Is this sweet and savory dish dinner or dessert?  Baked up almost like a cake and topped with brown sugar, butter, and nuts, you will have a delicious time trying to decide whether our recipe for Southern Sweet Potatoes should be served with everything else or if it is worthy of its own plate.

5.     Sweet Potatoes to Start the Day

Most people don’t think of sweet potatoes when they think of breakfast but when with a healthy dose of Vitamin A and a solid serving of fiber, they can help you get a jump on the day.  We think this recipe for Sweet Potato & Zucchini Frittata is perfect for brunch during the holiday season and throughout the year.

6.     Sweet Potatoes on the Side

Sweet potatoes in a variety of forms also make spectacular side dishes.  Just about any meal that could be served with mashed potatoes could also be served with mashed sweet potatoes.  You can also sauté them, boil them, fry them, and bake them into succulent and savory side dishes that will complement any meal.   Try this recipe for Tessa’s Sweet Potatoes.

7.     Southwestern Sweet Potatoes

Sweet potatoes are much sweeter than regular white potatoes but that doesn’t mean they can’t also be spicy.  Add a little Arizona flavor to your table with The Angry Hillbilly’s Sweet Potatoes in Adobo Sauce.

 

About Fill Your Plate

Julie Murphree brings more than 20 years' experience in messaging, content and marketing development and management working with traditional and new media to tell Arizona agriculture’s story. That story began with Fresh Air; her book published in 2006, but continues through her efforts with Arizona Farm Bureau.
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