11 Sweet Potato Recipes That Go Beyond Marshmallows

Ryan Nadolny

My first job was working the carving station at Boston Market. I loved this job. Hot ovens, sharp knives, good food, cute cashiers…I was in 16 year-old heaven.

My absolute favorite side dish was the sweet potato casserole with the brown sugar and marshmallows. It was like dessert. I ate it every night.

For some unknown reason, Boston Market decided to take the potatoes off the menu. This caused a lot of anger with people, myself included!

They had an 800 number to voice your complaints and complain I did! I gave the number to anyone that was as peeved as I was, too.

Honestly? I called every single day. It didn’t take long and within a couple months they were back.

It's true. Some folks called me a hero, but I’m no hero. I'm just a man that loves sweet potatoes. Anyone would have done what I did.

Story time aside, sweet potatoes aren't just for eating once a year on Thanksgiving - and you don't even need marshmallows!

Don't believe me? Here are 11 of our best sweet potato recipes nary a marshmallow in sight.

1. Mexican Sweet Potato Fries Recipe

You’re going to want to double this Mexican sweet potato fries recipe. They go fast! I make a separate batch and hide them in the microwave and let everyone else fight over the first batch. The creamy citrusy sauce is to die for. The cilantro and lime pop through like a refreshing high-five. I like to put it on my turkey wraps for lunch, too!

2. Sweet Potato Sheet Pan Tacos Recipe

This dish is very popular with our resident vegetarian. The even better thing is that it’s popular among us non-vegetarians, too! I love a dinner that you can make on a single sheet pan - even more so when it's delicious, delicious tacos.

3. Paleo Sweet Potato Brownies Recipe

Who was it that looked at sweet potatoes one day and said, “I’m going to make brownies out of this!" Whomever it was, they’re a diabolical genius. Sweet potatoes, tahini, coconut sugar and almond flour make a surprisingly delicious brownie, it turns out. Get out of the way carrot cake, there’s a new favorite in town. Dense chocolatey deliciousness!

4. Streusel Topped Sweet Potatoes Recipe

Similar to the casserole that we’re all familiar with, but instead of pureeing, the potatoes are sliced in half, partially cooked, topped with streusel, baked a little longer, and then devoured! Prepared this way, your favorite sweet potato recipe becomes a perfect side for dinner or even lunch, any day of the week.

5. BBQ Tempeh Stuffed Sweet Potatoes Recipe

Once I became more enlightened on how amazing meatless meals could be, it opened me to so many new possibilities. This stuffed potato is one of those recipes. I still don’t quite understand what tempeh is, if I'm honest, but I enjoy it! The sweet and spicy BBQ sauce pairs perfectly with the tempeh and the sweet potato. It's a surprisingly flavorful and filling dish!

6. Roasted Tahini Maple Sweet Potatoes Recipe

Whether you’re looking to make an entire meal or just a side dish, these roasted sweet taters are at the top of the list. Make sure you get some real maple syrup. None of that corn syrup stuff that kids drown their waffles in. It’s thinner, but you need less, and the flavor is so much better.

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