The queen bee of Thanksgiving is the turkey (obviously). But second in line for the throne of deliciousness? The fixings. And sweet potatoes are an incredibly important fixing! So what if they most likely weren’t served at the first Thanksgiving? Sweet potatoes are here now, and we should be grateful for them. So let’s show our gratitude by mashing them with butter and cream. And then let’s show even more gratitude by topping them with wildly irresponsible things like crumbled bacon and brown butter and fried sage. Because it’s Thanksgiving. And because we can.
Let’s bake them in donuts and then cover the donuts in a pecan pie crumble. Let’s whip them into a soufflé and pretend that they’re oh my god so light so that we can eat twice as many of them. Let’s twice-bake them and top them in toasted marshmallows and put them on our dinner plate when where they really belong is our dessert plate. Let’s blend them in ice cream and toss them with quinoa and bake them in cornbread. Let’s freaking do this. Guys, let’s sweet potato. And, while we’re at it (because this is important), let’s not forget the third on the list of Thanksgiving importance, which is, of course, sweatpants.
Sweet Potato Soufflé with Rosemary
Thanksgiving foods are inevitably heavy, so why not lighten up the sweet potatoes this year with this whipped-up rosemary-studded soufflé from With Style & Grace? Maybe you’ll find room for an extra piece of pie.
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Sweet Potato Cornbread
A good bread to mop up all the gravy is an absolute must on Thanksgiving. Now you can make it even more Thanksgiving-appropriate with this gluten-free sweet potato cornbread from Gluten-Free on a Shoestring. Genius.
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Sweet Potato Pecan Pie Donuts
Let’s be honest with ourselves. Donuts are not quite as breakfasty as we pretend they are. Most especially when they’re adorned in a roasted pecan crunch topping, like these swoon-worthy creations from How Sweet It Is. What am I trying to say? I’m trying to say that one (okay, two) of these donuts will look very nice on your dessert plate this Thanksgiving. Your apple pie will be in very good company.
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Twice-Baked Sweet Potatoes with Toasted Marshmallows
Sweet Potato and Quinoa Salad
Thanksgiving offers some surprising opportunities for showcasing your quinoa addiction. Naturally Ella tosses hers with tender bites of sweet potato, fresh basil, and salty crumbles of feta cheese for an effect that’s sure to impress everybody. Seconds? Thirds? Yes, please.
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Sweet Potato and Sage Butter Casserole
This casserole from Table for Two blends mashed sweet potatoes with mashed Yukon golds, then tops it all with panko, butter, and fresh sage for a dish that is so Thanksgiving. You’ll eat so much of this you’ll need to get those sweatpants out early. And it will be awesome.
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Roasted Sweet Potato Risotto
Risotto is the kind of tricky-to-make dish that proves to your diners that they're worth the effort. Want to prove that you really care? Mix it with sweet potato and then top it with bacon, cheese, and brown butter, a la this glorious rendition from How Sweet It Is.
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Rosemary Parmesan Sweet Potato
This easy recipe from Cookie + Kate comes with this simple plea: "You must try this." You heard the girl. Baked sweet potatoes are stuffed with melty butter, grated Parmesan, and fresh rosemary. A new favorite.
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Sweet Potato Ice Cream
Since you’ll need some ice cream to top off all that pie, consider cooking up a pint of this sweet potato ice cream from Healthy Food For Living. With maple, brown sugar, cinnamon, and a full two pounds of sweet potatoes, this icy treat will pair well with just about any pie that is worth eating.