Cooking with Sweet Potatoes: 5 Savory Recipes to Prepare this Fall

September 23, 2014

'Tis the season of the sweet potato.  Whether it makes a weekly appearance on the dinner table or is seen only on Thanksgiving, it's hard not to think of sweet potatoes during the fall.  This versatile root vegetable can can be baked, boiled, fried, and even turned into biscuits.  It can be served in savory dishes or sweet ones.  This article focuses on savory dishes but stay tuned for some our favorite sugary sweet potato recipes in the near future.

Sweet Potato and Chive Drop Biscuits
Recipe from Smile Sandwich

Sweet potato and chive drop biscuits show this root vegetable's versatility in the kitchen.  These biscuits are grain-free and use coconut flour instead of all purpose flour.  The sweet potatoes help keep the biscuits moist along with coconut oil.  Chives add a mild onion flavor while the cheddar cheese gives these drop biscuits a salty bite.

Black Bean and Sweet Potato Enchiladas
Photo Credit: Harald Walker

Enchiladas are a versatile dish that can be filled with just about anything.  This version uses black beans, sweet potato, and caramelized onions for a unique and vegetarian take on this dish.  I like to use whole wheat tortillas and low fat mozzarella cheese to make this dish lighter and healthier.

Hasselback Sweet Potatoes
Recipe from My Recession Kitchen

 Hasselback sweet potatoes are a unique way to prepare this root vegetable.  A whole sweet potato is sliced nearly to the end and filled with butter, maple syrup, spices, nuts and dried fruit.  This method ensures that the buttery sauce gets soaked up by each slice.  You can change up the fillings to compliment the other dishes being served with the meal.

Vegan Sweet Potato Chowder
Recipe from Delish Knowledge

Sweet potato and corn chowder is good for the body and good for the soul.  This recipe is vegan, gluten-free and an overall healthy meal.  If you want to bump up the protein content, add in cannelini beans or yellow lentils.  You can prepare this meal or on the stove top or in the slow cooker.

Sweet Potato Pie
Recipe from The Prudent Garden

Shepherd's pie is classic Irish comfort food.  Instead of of a traditional mashed potato topping, this recipe uses whipped sweet potatoes and spiced curried pecans.  To achieve the iconic golden brown crust, run a fork through the top and stick the pie under the broiler for a couple of minutes.

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