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7+ different and tasty ways you can make sweet potatoes

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I love going home for the holidays, especially for Thanksgiving. I come home and immerse myself into the three F's: family, football and food. But, I'll have to admit, the food part is my favorite. When I was a kid I used to hang out in the kitchen while my parents prepared elaborate holiday dinners for the rest of my extended family.
The food was always a hodgepodge of our family's Eastern European heritage alongside classic American holiday treats. And when I think about those American holiday treats, one dish always comes to mind: sweet potatoes.
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Sweet potato fritters
Take everything you love about sweet potato fries and mashed sweet potatoes, combine them, and you have these delicious sweet potato fritters. The recipe below pairs the natural sweetness of the tuber with a touch of curry powder for a bit of heat; the result is a delicious fritter that makes the perfect main or side.
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Once you've prepared these fritters, there are tons of great ways to serve them. Consider topping them with avocado and a poached egg for a filling vegetarian main. Or just serve them alongside your favorite protein, like pan-roasted chicken breasts or broiled steak. Either way, they'll be a delicious and colorful addition to your plate. Give this video a watch to see how it's done.
Sweet potato wedges
Trade out your regular fries or roasted potatoes for these slightly spiced sweet potato wedges. The recipe below is super easy to make: just toss the potatoes with oil and spices, roast for half an hour, and they're ready to go.
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These potatoes are the perfect side to steak or chicken, but you can also get creative with them. Consider serving them with cheese and gravy for a unique play on poutine. Or top them with a perfectly poached egg for a vegetarian dinner that everyone will love. Here's a quick video to get you started.
Baked parmesan sweet potatoes
Change up your regular roasted veggies with a bit of pizzazz. The recipe below combines rustic, comforting roasted sweet potatoes with a hint of Parmesan and garlic. The result is a great side to dress up a simple main.
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Roasting vegetables is ideally done at a very high temperature – 400 should do it, here. But this temperature is far too high for Parmesan, which would quickly burn. Instead, toss the almost-cooked sweet potatoes with the Parmesan and other seasonings five minutes before they're done cooking, then return them to the oven just to bring out the natural nuttiness of the cheese. Just watch this video below.
Garlic butter mashed sweet potatoes
Sweet potatoes take on a more savory flavor than usual in the recipe below. Mashed until they're nice and smooth and combined with a homemade garlic butter, they make a super delicious side to chicken, meat, or fish. Since they don't contain as much starch as regular potatoes, you can make your life easy by mashing them in the food processor or even with an immersion blender, or you can just mash them with a fork for more texture.
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Consider making more garlic butter than you'll need – it makes making garlic bread a snap, and it's also delicious dolloped on baked potatoes or tossed with spaghetti. Roasting the garlic brings out all of the natural sweetness and cuts the bitterness of raw as you will see in this video below.
Vegetarian garlic mashed sweet potatoes
Everyone loves buttery, rich mashed potatoes, but you know what’s even better? Mashed sweet potatoes. They’re more nutritious than regular mashed potatoes and more flavorful, too. If you use the orange-fleshed yams, they’re also gorgeous. Their flavor is rich and buttery with an added hint of sweetness. This recipe is festive enough for a holiday meal but simple enough to make any time.
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Garlic and sour cream keep the flavors in the savory realm. I always serve these mashed sweet potatoes whenever I make vegetarian “meat” loaf. The sweetness of the potatoes is the perfect counterpoint. They also make a delicious topping for a vegetarian shepherd’s pie. See how delicious they look in this video below.
Slow cooker sweet potatoes
Sweet potatoes are a staple of some holiday meals, but that doesn't mean you can't make them more often! The recipe is cheap, easy, and oh so delicious.
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The sweet potatoes in this recipe are left in a small dice, which can give the dish more texture than the traditional mashed variety. If you prefer mashed, you can still make this recipe in the slow cooker! Just place the diced sweet potatoes inside, add 1 cup of water, and cook on Low for about 4 hours, or until the sweet potatoes are tender. Mash, and continue with rest of recipe.
Whole sweet potatoes in a slow cooker
Sweet potatoes are extremely beneficial to your health. They're an excellent source of vitamin C, high in vitamin B6 and vitamin D, and packed with iron, magnesium and potassium. In the video below we keep it super simple and allow the sweet potatoes to slowly cook in their own skin.​
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You can cook a couble batch and keep them in the fridge to eat throughout the week. They are great after a nice workout or a long run. The recipe calls for no additional salt or oil: Simply pop them in a slow cooker after washing the skins, cover and let them do their thing. You can add salt or brown sugar after cooking but they are delicious as is. To turn their natural sweetness in a savory direction, mix in a little olive oil, salt and pepper and perhaps minced garlic right after they're cooked.
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