Last week I made a trip to a fruit stand and picked up a few too many locally-grown sweet potatoes. The tendency to overbuy was something I warned about in my previous post about shopping at farmers’ markets and fruit stands (probably because I’m guilty of it on most shopping trips). But I had them, and I wanted to make something delicious. Having a bounty of sweet potatoes isn’t really a bad thing considering all of their healthy properties (high in fiber, all sorts of vitamins, potassium, and iron). I opted to make some oven-baked sweet potato fries to snack on while I watched movies on a rainy afternoon. Below are my favorite ways to use sweet potatoes, from appetizers to dessert.
- Savoring the Thyme’s Baked Sweet Potato French Fries. They are crispy, salty, and cheesy, and healthier than traditional fries (you know, the kind that are actually fried). These pair well with outdoor grilling, kids like them, and you can add your favorite dipping sauces.
- Roasted Grape, Goat Cheese, and Honey Stuffed Sweet Potatoes by How Sweet It Is. This is one of my favorite side dishes of all times. Roasted grapes and goat cheese add a huge punch of flavor, and the honey rounds out the sweetness. Sometimes I make this as a casserole by scooping out the insides of the sweet potatoes and spreading them inside of a casserole dish. Yum. Just yum.
- Cookie and Kate’s Vegetarian Sweet Potato Chili. It’s satisfying enough for both my vegetarian and omnivorous friends, so it’s one of my go-to recipes for game nights and get-togethers. I’ve made it in my crockpot before, but cut out the tomato liquid and reduced broth to one cup.
- A Family Feast’s Sweet Potato Risotto. Sweet potatoes make the taste and texture of risotto rich and savory. I normally use beef stock for risotto, but this uses vegetable stock and makes for a great vegetarian option.
- Love and Olive Oil’s Sweet Potato Layer Cake with Molasses Buttercream. This is such a beautiful AND delicious spice cake (seriously, click the link above and see for yourself). The only extra labor is roasting the sweet potatoes, which you can do the day before and then store them in the refrigerator.
Do you have a favorite recipe that features sweet potatoes? Please share by commenting below, or send me a tweet (@southernbeets)!