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The 10 Best Sweet Potatoes Recipes For Thanksgiving

If you are tasked with bringing a side dish to Thanksgiving this year, check this list of the 10 Best Sweet Potatoes Recipes and be prepared for praise.


A white casserole dish filled with sweet potatoes that are smashed and caramelized with a blue spoon in one side.

Along with the cranberry sauce, mashed potatoes, and Brussels sprouts, you must make room for a sweet potato side dish at Thanksgiving this year.

I’m a die hard sweet potato fan, I love sweet potato soup, sweet potato salad, if it has sweet potatoes in it, I’m eating it! They are savory-sweet, packed with nutrients, and add lots of bright, vibrant color to the table and our plates. They make a fabulous gluten-free option and several of the recipes below are also vegan.

I think you’ll find this list has something for everyone, from traditional sweet potato casserole to simple roasted sweet potatoes. Take a look and pick your favorite then let me know how it goes. I want to hear all the rave reviews in the comments below.

10 Sweet Potatoes Recipes For Thanksgiving

1. Blistered Sweet Potatoes with Serranos and Lime from ¡Hola! Jalapeño

Cozy up to a pan of these baked sweet potatoes that are roasted with sweet and spicy syrup made from serrano chiles, lime juice, sugar, and coconut oil. This vegan side dish is a little spicy, a little sweet, and absolutely irresistible.

A white casserole dish that has sweet potatoes that are hot and steaming. There is a blue spoon that is taking a scoop out.

2. Sweet Potato Casserole Tian from This Mess Is Ours

This is like the beauty queen of sweet potato casseroles. Swirls of thinly sliced sweet potato and tart green apple are coated in a buttery maple syrup and spice mixture. This is a celebration of fall and gluten-free too!

A black cast iron skillet filled with thin slices of sweet potato and apple and topped with marshmallows and pecans.

3. Butter Pecan Sweet Potatoes Recipe from G-Free Foodie

Just 7 simple ingredients make this sweet potatoes recipe a winner. The sweet potatoes get roasted on a baking sheet then tossed with buttery brown sugar pecans for the perfect combination of creamy and crunch. Hero ingredient? The slightly spicy caramelized pecans!

A green baking dish filled with chunks of roasted sweet potato, topped with toasted pecans on a wood table.

4. Vegan Spicy Sweet Potato Mash from Brown Sugar and Vanilla

Want to switch up your mashed potatoes game? Try this recipe that combines white potatoes and sweet potatoes. You cook sweet potatoes and potatoes until soft then mash them and top them with a spicy vegan chipotle cheese sauce. This vegan queso is a keeper made with cashews, chipotles in adobo, and garlic powder.

A ceramic bowl filled with mashed sweet potatoes and topped with a orange cheese sauce and chopped parsley.

5. Classic Sweet Potato Casserole from Alexandra’s Kitchen

This recipe is super indulgent, could be sweet potato pie but in a casserole dish. In other words, the familiar sweet potato casserole we all know and love. If you are craving soul-satisfying nostalgia, this recipe is it.

A glass casserole dish filled with sweet potato casserole topped with a buttery pecan topping and a scoop taken out.

6. Roasted Sweet Potatoes with Ginger and Scallions from ¡Hola! Jalapeño

Olive oil roasted sweet potatoes get tossed with fragrant sautéed ginger, garlic, and scallions. Bright and zingy flavors that are perfect for cutting through the rich dishes that fill the Thanksgiving table. An awesome vegan option!

Slices of blistered sweet potato in a black pan topped with sliced scallions, jalapenos, and pieces of ginger.

7. Twice Baked Sweet Potatoes from The View From Great Island

If it’s marshmallows you crave, try these adorable individual sweet potato boats. Roast sweet potatoes whole then scoop out the soft flesh, mash with butter and buttermilk and spoon back into the skins. Top with mini marshmallows and bake again! Fluffy, creamy, sweet, and comforting. A classic recipe in a mini single serving.

A half of a sweet potato topped with mini marshmallows that are toasted on the top sitting on a baking sheet lined with a silpat.

8. Cheesy Scalloped Sweet Potato Casserole from Joyful Healthy Eats

This recipe takes slices of sweet potato and layers them with gruyere cheese, fresh herbs, and garlic butter. Gorgeous, rich without being overwhelming, and infused with fall flavors.

A white plate with a serving of scalloped sweet potatoes and a fork sitting on the plate. The sweet potatoes are in slices.

9. Slow Cooker Mashed Sweet Potatoes from Creme De La Crumb

The easiest recipe of the bunch with just 5 ingredients and all made in the slow cooker. This recipe is great for Thanksgiving because the slow cooker can keep them warm until you are ready to serve.

Whipped sweet potatoes in a white bowl with melted butter on top and a large spoon sticking out of one side on a marble table.

10. Herbed Hasselback Sweet Potatoes from Pamela Salzman

Gorgeous presentation and delicious results. These thin strips of sweet potato taste almost like sweet potato fries—crispy on the outside and creamy in the middle. For that perfect accordion look, use two chopsticks on either side of the sweet potato to prevent cutting all the way through. This recipe uses ghee (a type of clarified butter) but you could easily swap olive oil for a vegan version.

Four sweet potatoes laying on a baking sheet cut in thin slices so they look like an accordion with a lime wedge.

More Delicious Side Dishes

Which One Of These Sweet Potatoes Recipes Will You Make First?

Whatever you choose, you can’t go wrong. Let me know what you try them by snapping a pic and tagging me on Instagram @katesbestrecipes  so I can see or leave me a comment below!

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