100 Ways to Cook a Sweet Potato

Potato….. Potaahto….. Who cares? Just make sure it’s sweet. The health benefits of this tuber are well documented and it has become somewhat of a hip veggie recently. Unfortunately, many of us prepare it the same way time after time. Not anymore. From sweet potato mac ‘n’ cheese to sweet potato whoopie pie, here are our 100 favorite sweet potato recipes.

Click on any of the pictures to find the recipes

Sweet Potato Frittata Beni Imo Doryaki gnocchi Sweet potato Pierogie
Chicken w/Sweet Potato and Fruit Compote Sweet Potato Goooey Bars Sweet Potato and Gouda Soup sweet-potato
swpizza-300x269 Sweet Potato Pancake Lamb and Sweet Potato Pot Pie Spicy Sweet Potato Soup
Sweet Potato Enchiladas Sweet Potato Hummus Sweet Potato and Black Bean Burrito Candied Sweet Potato Crepes
Sweet Potato Mac and Cheese sweet-potato-dog Cream of Sweet Potato Soup Sweet Potato Prune Bake
Sweet Potato Quinoa Cakes Sweet Potato and Mushroom Ravioli Spicy Sweet Potato Fritters sweet-potato-and-bulgar-wheat-1-500-x-332
Sweet Potato Bundt Sweet Potato Whoopie Pie Sweet Potato and Pancetta Ravioli mla102889_1007_pot_chips_l
Sweet potato, Papaya and Lime salad Southwest Sweet Potato Skins Sweet Potato Cake w/Orange Cream Cheese Frosting Sweet Potato and Gruyere Turnover
Parsnip-Ricotta-Spread-1-edited-500-x-332 Sweet Potato and Goat Cheese Ravioli Sweet Potato and Swiss Chard Gratin Coconut, Sweet Potato and Brussels hash
Sweet Potato Paratha P1 P2 P3
P12 Sweet Potato Peanut Soup Fruity Sweet Potato Salad sweet-potato-and-bulgar-wheat-1-500-x-332
sweet-potato-thai-soup-1-600-x-361 P15 p16 Barley Sweet Potato Salad
P19 African Sweet Potato Stew Sweet Potato Cocktail Sweet Potato Mini Tart
dsc_6513-2 P24 New Mexican Latke w/ Lime Cream Jamaican Sweet Potato Stew
P28 P29 Sweet Potato Bread Sweet Potato Sushi
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P35 P37 Sweet Potato Biscuits Sweet Potato-Gulab Jamun
P39 P51 sp-hash-02-s Sweet Potato Coconut Pudding
Sweet Potato and White Chocolate Cake Chicken, Coconut and Sweet Potato Curry Sweet Potato Tamales Sweet Potato Oat Bar
Sweet Potato Flan IMG_5721 Sweet Potato Doughnuts Sweet Potato Pecan Pie
Sweet Potato Bleu Cheese Tart Scalloped Sweet Potato Inside Out Sweet Potato Casserole Sweet Potato Quesadilla
Cranberry Glazed Sweet Potato Sweet Potato Stuffed Apples Sweet Potato and Edamame w/Fall Spices IMG_2494
Sweet Potato Souffle Sweet Potato Fries Sweet Potato Chips Smoky Sweet Potato and Lamb Biryani
Sweet Potato Irish Candy Sweet Potato Sorbet Sweet Potato Smoothie Buffalo Sweet Potato Pizza
Pancetta Sweet Potato Waffles Stuffed Sweet Potato Sweet Potato Stuffing Sweet Potato Oatmeal

More? Drop your favorite sweet potato recipes in the comments and we may just add them!

More 100 Ways…

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100 Ways to Cook Bacon
100 Ways to Cook a Tomato
100 Ways to Cook a Banana
100 Ways to Cook a Pumpkin

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  • Michaela December 6, 2010  

    I wish you’d posted this BEFORE I went to the grocery store this morning and passed up the sweet potatoes for lack of a recipe.. I’ve been hankering sweet potato ever since Thanksgiving came up a little short.

    The sweet potato oatmeal and sweet potato latkes are right up my alley.

  • erica December 6, 2010  

    that “lover” sandwich looks ridiculous!!!! (in a good way)

  • Britannia December 6, 2010  

    I did a variation of Sweet Potato fries for Turkey Day, instead of baking them, I double deep fried them in duck fat. Amazing.

    Great post, I’m truly shocked that there are 100 ways for this.

  • Laura December 6, 2010  

    These are always so great!

    Can I request “100 ways to cook with chickpeas”? Are there 100 ways to cook with chickpeas?
    Is this too demanding? If there are 100 ways to cook with chickpeas, I’ll try every single recipe out.

  • sam December 6, 2010  

    If you all like sweet potatoes check out a book titles, The Sweet Potato Cookbook. Lots of very cool and interesting recipies.

  • Richard December 6, 2010  

    There is a huge diference between a sweet potato and a yam. Lots of these recipes seem to be for yams. Yams were imported from Africa by slaves. Sweet potatoes were grown by native Americans.

  • Borracho December 7, 2010  

    Richard- great input! Most people aren’t aware that even the word yam comes from African words njam, nyami, or djambi, meaning “to eat,”

    It is great and somewhat surprising how many people have mentioned differences between sweet potatoes and yams either here or on Facebook etc… I am by no means an expert so before we put this list together I referred to my guru for all food science: Harold McGee. His tome, On Food and Cooking can be trusted to be scientific and comprehensive. Below is what On Food and Cooking has to say about what is a sweet potato and what is a yam.

    “First, a sweet potato is a member of the morning glory family — and, having seen sweet potato vines, I can certainly see that. It is not a potato.”

    Of sweet potatoes, McGee writes: “There are many different varieties, ranging from dry and starchy varieties common in tropical regions, some pale and others reds or purple with anthocyanins, to the moist, sweet version, dark orange with beta carotene, that is popular in the United States and was confusingly named a ‘yam’ in 1930s marketing campaigns.”

    Yams, on the other hand, are related to tropical grasses and lilies, writes McGee. What’s more, “They are seldom seen in mainstream American markets, where ‘yam’ means a sugary orange sweet potato.”

    Whether it is the Japanese “yams” used in tempura to the sweet, gooey candied “yams” found everywhere candied on Thanksgiving, they are actually sweet potatoes. Many of us may never have eaten an actual yam though I have begun to see more boniatas and other varietals pop up in supermarkets.

  • Monica December 7, 2010  

    I love sweet potatoes. Thanks for all the great ideas. Those pancakes are calling my name.
    Here’s my favorite recipe:

  • Kim @ The Nourishing Cook Blog December 8, 2010  

    I love the idea of the sweet potato covered hotdog. Also the curry… I have a version of this at my local vietnamese restaurant it’s fabulous!

    Thanks for this post, I’m going to try some of these out, the photos are amazing!

  • Andrea @ Fork Fingers Chopsticks December 8, 2010  

    @Richard and Borracho – great discussion about the origins/variety.

    When I was researching this particular point last year, I also found some interesting facts:
    – The origin of sweet potatoes is believed to be located in Central America with its ancestral roots in the Mexican wild yam.
    – They have been cultivated for more than 5,000 years, although fossilized remains in the Andes date back 8,000 years.
    – In 1920, per capita consumption of sweet potatos was 31 pounds. In 1999, consumption dropped to a mere 4 pounds per person.

  • Richard December 9, 2010  

    Yes, the horribly sweet yam from Africa has supplanted the native American sweet potato, and real sweet potatoes are very hard to find. Even the produce people in supermarkets have no clue.

  • BS December 10, 2010  

    @Laura – chickpea suggestion definitely added to the to-do list!

  • Melinda Neely December 16, 2010  

    Thanks so much for the mention! What a great post with so many delicious ideas!

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  • TheGourmetCoffeeGuy February 11, 2011  

    Great post about the origin and source of sweet potato.
    My family loves cooking sweet potatoes in every way possible but have not reached 100 ways!
    We will certainly try many of your recipes.
    Thank you for great suggestions and photos.

  • Daniel White March 11, 2011  

    I love sweet potatoes, and all those pictures just look so yummy.

  • Marybeth October 16, 2011  

    We really enjoy your site…here is a awesome recipe that we just posted that would fit into your “100 ways to cook a Sweet Potato” . My Husband and I both enjoyed the Fall flavors and combination of the sweet apples, bacon, and sweet potato.
    Here is the link to the post…



  • Roberto January 31, 2013  

    sweet stuff post!

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