What Goes With Sweet Potatoes?

Sweet potatoes are one of the most popular vegetables in America. They’re low-calorie, high in fiber, and taste delicious with just about anything. You can bake them into a pie or roast them like marshmallows over an open fire (just kidding).

Here are what goes with sweet potatoes:

  • Honey-Baked Ham
  • Roasted Vegetables
  • Beef Stew
  • Parmesan Oven Fries
  • And many more.

Any other dish that goes with sweet potatoes? And what dishes can we make with sweet potatoes? This article will teach you how to serve your sweet potatoes best, so they’ll be perfect for any occasion!

What is Sweet Potatoes?

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Sweet Potatoes. Credit: canva

Sweet potatoes are a type of root vegetable that has been cultivated for thousands of years in the Americas. Many cultures have used them for food, medicine, and clothing because they grow well in areas where other plants will not succeed.

The orange-colored flesh tastes like sweet potato pie with notes of cinnamon and nutmeg. The orange color comes from beta carotene, converted into vitamin A when consumed.

It’s also an excellent source of vitamin C, potassium, manganese, fiber, and other nutrients, including B6! 

You can cook sweet potatoes like any other type of potato, but it does best if baked or boiled until tender (about 20 minutes). Once cooked, you can cut them into chunks for salads or mash them like regular potatoes.

What Goes with Sweet Potatoes?

You can make sweet potatoes with just about any type of meat or vegetable. However, some are better than others for creating a healthy meal!

Here are the best foods to serve with your sweet potatoes:

Honey-Baked Ham

This classic American dish is perfect when served with roasted marshmallows and steamed green beans (especially if you have a Christmas dinner).

Roasted Vegetables

Try serving your sweet potatoes with roasted carrots, Brussels sprouts,, and butternut squash. This will create a delicious and healthy side dish that is perfect for any meal!

Beef Stew

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Beef Stew with Sweet Potatoes. Credit: canva

A hearty beef stew is the perfect winter meal to warm you up from the inside out. Serve it over some mashed sweet potatoes for a complete and filling dinner!

Parmesan Oven Fries

Cut your sweet potatoes into French fry-like pieces and bake them in the oven with olive oil, salt,, and parmesan cheese. This will create a delicious side dish for any meal!

Sautéed Chicken Breasts

When served over some sautéed chicken breasts, roasted Brussels sprouts,, and a baked sweet potato, this meal becomes a balanced and healthy one-dish dinner!

Black Bean Burrito

A black bean burrito is perfect for those who are looking for a healthy and delicious Mexican-inspired dish. Stuff your tortilla with refried beans, rice, avocado,, and salsa,, then top it off with some melted cheese and sour cream. You’ll love how tasty and filling this meal is!

Sliders

Who doesn’t love a good slider? You can buy some buns and make your own, or you can pick up pre-made ones from the store. Either way, they’re great to serve with sweet potatoes because they taste so delicious together!

Tofu Stir Fry

This tasty meal is perfect for those who don’t eat meat or for those who are looking for a healthy and affordable dish. Tofu is high in protein and calcium,, making it a great choice for anyone looking to improve their health!

Salad

A simple salad is always a good way to go when you’re not sure what to make. You can add whatever ingredients you like,, but some of our favorites include roasted Brussels sprouts, diced apple, and crumbled blue cheese. Yum!

What to Make with Sweet Potatoes?

Are you looking for some ideas of what to make with sweet potatoes? They’re versatile to be used in sweet or savory dishes. Here are some of our favorites!

Dish Ideas with Sweet Potatoes

Mashed sweet potatoes

This is a classic side dish that goes well with just about anything. Sweeten with brown sugar, molasses, or honey if desired. Combine cooked sweet potatoes with butter, milk, and salt to taste.

Sauteed onions and sweet potatoes

Mix thinly sliced onion with olive oil over medium heat for about 20 minutes or until the onions are dark browns. Then add peeled and cubed raw sweet potato to cook in the pan for another 15 minutes (or until it is soft). Season as desired before serving!

This dish goes great alongside pork chops, chicken, or burgers!

Sweet potato casserole

Combine cooked and mashed sweet potatoes with brown sugar, butter, eggs, vanilla extract, cinnamon, and nutmeg—Bake in a greased baking dish at 375 degrees for about 30 minutes or until set.

This classic holiday side dish is always a hit!

Sweet Potato Wedges

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Sweet Potato Wedges. Credit: canva

Cut sweet potatoes into wedges and toss with olive oil, salt, pepper, and your choice of spices (cumin,, chili powder, etc.). Bake at 425 degrees for 20-25 minutes.

These are a great alternative to French fries and can be enjoyed as a side dish or appetizer.

Sweet potato fries

Cut sweet potatoes into thin strips and toss with olive oil, salt, pepper, and other desired spices. Bake at 425 degrees for 20-25 minutes or until crispy.

Who doesn’t love a good fry? Serve these up as an appetizer or side dish!

Sweet potato salad

Combine cooked, cubed sweet potatoes with celery, green pepper, onion, and black olives. Top with mayonnaise and season as desired before serving.

This is the perfect side dish to bring along on a picnic!

Grilled sweet potato

This is an excellent alternative to French fries if you’re looking for something different! Slice a peeled and cleaned sweet potato into large chunks. Grill until tender, about 20 minutes total time.

Sweet potato fries with sour cream

This is another easy side dish that you can whip up in just a few minutes! Combine cooked sweet potatoes, sour cream, and salt to taste. Top with grated cheese if desired!

Sweet potato casserole with pineapple

Combine cooked and mashed sweet potatoes, brown sugar, butter or margarine, eggs, vanilla extract, cinnamon, nutmeg, salt (if desired), crushed pineapple (drained well), and chopped nuts.

This sweet and tangy casserole is perfect for any occasion!

Sweet potato pie

Combine cooked, mashed sweet potatoes, eggs, sugar, butter or margarine, vanilla extract, cinnamon, nutmeg. Pour mixture into a pastry-lined pie plate.

Bake at 425 degrees for 15 minutes, then reduce oven to 375 degrees and continue baking for 40 minutes more.

There’s nothing like a good sweet potato pie!

Sweet potato pie with marshmallows

Combine cooked, mashed sweet potatoes, eggs, sugar, butter or margarine, vanilla extract. Pour mixture into a pastry-lined pie plate. Top with mini marshmallows and bake at 425 degrees for 15 minutes, then reduce oven to 375 degrees and continue baking for 30 more minutes.

This fun twist on a classic dessert is sure to please kids and adults alike!

Main Dish Recipes with Sweet Potatoes

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Sweet Potato Casserole. Credit: canva

While they’re a great side dish, sweet potatoes can also be the star of the show. Here are some recipes for main courses that include sweet potatoes as a key ingredient.

Sweet Potato Shepherd’s Pie

This dish is classic comfort food. The mashed sweet potatoes are topped with ground beef and vegetables, then baked until golden brown.

Ingredients:

  • Mashed sweet potatoes
  • Ground beef
  • Carrots
  • Onion
  • Garlic cloves
  • Tomato paste
  • Dried parsley
  • Salt, pepper and paprika to taste

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Cook ground beef in a frying pan with the onions.
  3. Add garlic cloves for extra flavor if desired; cook until browned. Drain fat from the meat mixture once done cooking and set aside.
  4. Transfer cooked vegetables into a large bowl. Add tomato paste and stir well to combine with the other ingredients.
  5. Gently fold in ground beef mixture, then add salt and pepper to taste. Transfer meat mixture into a baking dish or casserole dish; spread mashed sweet potatoes on top of it all evenly (you can use an ice cream scoop for this).
  6. Bake uncovered at 400 degrees for approximately 20-25 minutes, or until potatoes are lightly browned.

Sweet Potato Casserole

You can make this delicious, easy-to-make dish in large or small batches.

Ingredients:

  • Mashed sweet potato (enough to cover your baking pan)
  • Brown sugar
  • Salt and pepper to taste (optional)  

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees while preparing a baking pan by spraying it with cooking spray.
  2. Spread a layer of mashed sweet potatoes on the bottom of the baking pan, then sprinkle brown sugar over it until it is covered (you can add salt and pepper too if you like).
  3. Add your desired amount of food items to the top of the casserole (meat, vegetables, etc.), then spread another layer of mashed sweet potatoes over the top.
  4. Bake in preheated oven for 30-40 minutes, or until potatoes are golden brown and bubbly.

Sweet Potatoes Stuffed With Cashew Cheese and Veggies

This recipe is excellent for making a meal that feels like comfort food but isn’t loaded with sodium.

Ingredients:

  • Sweet potatoes
  • Stuffing mixture of spinach, cashews, and onions

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Cut sweet potatoes in half, then scoop out some of the center flesh (be careful not to go too deep).
  3. Put sweet potato halves face down on a baking sheet and bake for about 25 minutes.
  4. While they’re baking, make your stuffing mixture by blending spinach, cashews, and onions. Once sweet potatoes are done, spoon stuffing the mix into the center of each one until it’s full (you may have some leftover).
  5. Serve immediately and enjoy!

Sweet Potato and White Bean Chili

What’s better than a hearty chili? A vegetarian one that doesn’t require soaking beans overnight!

Ingredients:

  • Sweet potatoes (enough to cover the bottom of your pot)  
  • White beans or chickpeas, drained/rinsed ​(about half a can per person) 
  • Onion
  • Green bell pepper
  • Garlic cloves, minced
  • Tomato sauce
  • Chipotle peppers in adobo sauce, diced (use more or less depending on how spicy you want it)
  • Cumin, chili powder, salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

  1. Peel and chop your sweet potatoes into small pieces.
  2. In a large pot, sauté onions and peppers in olive oil until they’re soft. Add garlic cloves and cook for an additional minute.
  3. Stir in sweet potatoes, white beans/chickpeas, tomato sauce, and chipotle peppers with adobo sauce—season mixture with cumin, chili powder, salt, and pepper to taste.
  4. Bring chili to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for about 30 minutes.
  5. Serve with shredded cheese, sour cream, or avocado on top.

Sweet Potato Fries

A healthier alternative to regular French fries, and they’re just as delicious!

Ingredients:

  • Sweet potatoes (one per person)  
  • Olive oil or cooking spray
  • Salt, pepper, and other desired seasonings (optional)

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Cut sweet potatoes into strips and place them in a bowl.
  3. Add enough olive oil or cooking spray to coat the fries, then season with salt, pepper, and other desired spices (cinnamon is delicious).
  4. Spread sweet potatoes on a baking sheet so that they aren’t touching each other; bake for approximately 15-20 minutes until cooked through and beginning to brown.
  5. Enjoy!

Roasted Sweet Potato Fries With Chipotle Mayo

Ingredients:

  • Sweet potatoes (one per person)  
  • Olive oil or cooking spray
  • Salt, pepper,, and other desired seasonings (optional) 

Chipotle mayo dipping sauce ingredients :       

  • Peeled and chopped chipotles in adobo sauce (use more or less depending on how spicy you want it)
  • Mayonnaise
  • Lime juice
  • Garlic cloves, minced

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Cut sweet potatoes into strips and place them in a bowl.
  3. Add enough olive oil or cooking spray to coat the fries, then season with salt, pepper, and other desired spices (cinnamon is delicious).
  4. Spread sweet potatoes on a baking sheet so that they aren’t touching each other; bake for approximately 15-20 minutes until cooked through and beginning to brown.
  5. Serve roasted sweet potato fries with chipotle mayo dipping sauce on the side.
  6. While the fries are cooking, make your chipotle mayo dipping sauce by blending chopped chipotles in adobo sauce, mayonnaise, lime juice, and garlic cloves.
  7. Enjoy!

How to Cook Sweet Potatoes?

How to make baked sweet potatoes?

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).
  2. Prick sweet potatoes several times with a fork.
  3. Place on a baking sheet—Bake for 45 minutes or until tender.
  4. Cool slightly. Cut open; scoop out the flesh. Place in a bowl; mash with a fork.
  5. Season with salt, pepper, and butter, if desired.
  6. Serve warm or cold.

How to make sweet potato wedges?

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).
  2. Wash potatoes well. Cut off both ends of sweet potato. Peel the skin with a vegetable peeler or knife; discard skin.
  3. Cut into wedges and place in a large bowl filled with cold water for 30 minutes, until skins can be easily removed by rubbing between fingers.
  4. Drain water and place potatoes back in the bowl.
  5. In a small bowl, mix together olive oil, salt, pepper, garlic powder, and paprika.
  6. Pour over potatoes; stir until coated.
  7. Place on baking sheet. Bake for 30 minutes or until tender and golden brown.
  8. Serve with ketchup or ranch dressing if desired.

Boiled sweet potatoes

  1. Fill a pot with water and bring to a boil.
  2. Add salt and sweet potatoes; cook until tender, about 15 minutes.
  3. Drain any excess water and enjoy!

FAQs

What can you eat with sweet potatoes?

Broccoli, Brussels sprouts, mushrooms, broccoli, cabbage, and bell peppers are great choices. Salad – Fresh, green leaf salad that is delicious with sweet potatoes. Beans – Baked beans and black beans are an excellent complement to potatoes.

What flavours go well with sweet potato?

Sour flavors, such as vinegar and lemon. Sweet spices, such as cinnamon or nutmeg. Earthy flavors, such as thyme or oregano.

Fatty herbs and spices like chive oil (a specialty of New Zealand) or avocado oil (which can make mayonnaise). Maple syrup is another flavor that goes well with sweet potatoes because it has a natural sweetness that complements their inherent sweetness.

What is good to eat with sweet potato fries?

A simple and classic combination is ketchup and mayonnaise on top of the dish. You can also do other sauces, such as garlic or spicy brown mustard, vinegar (for dipping), or honey.

The options are limitless! Sweet potatoes have a lot of natural sugars, which means they’re naturally delicious paired with just about anything – from savory dishes like eggs and bacon to desserts like ice cream sandwiches!