Easy Sweet Potato Recipes to Make at Home

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All you need to know about sweet potato

Sweet Potato Recipes for the Perfect Bit on the Side

Whatever you’re whipping up for dinner, sweet potatoes make amazing side dishes — and unlike regular potatoes, they count towards your five a day! Here are some of our favourite ways to eat sweet potatoes on the side:

Sweet potato fries: Of course, this has to be at the top of the list! If you really want to push the boat out, add a few sprigs of rosemary to the dish when you cook them. For restaurant-level food at home, finish with chunky sea salt.

Baked sweet potato: This is a hearty side dish that's perfect in winter. We like it served with a warming chilli sauce or a comforting slice of pie. Want to spice things up? Cut your baked sweet potato in half and dust it with paprika.

Sweet potato mash: If you're looking for comfort food, nothing beats mash! Sweet potatoes are robust enough to stand up to strong flavours, like in our lentil shepherd’s pie with sprinkled almonds sweet potato topping. Talk about taking a trip to Flavour Town!

Sweet potato wedges: Homemade sweet potato fries look pretty, but sometimes it's hard to be bothered with all that fancy knife work. Go rustic instead with some wedges. They're just as tasty, and you get more of that sweet, fluffy interior to enjoy.

Roasted sweet potato: Fancy something different with your Sunday roast? It may be blasphemy to traditionalists, but we love a nice roasted sweet potato. Give it a go — you might just surprise yourself with how good it is!

Sweet Potato Recipes That Make Veggies the Star of the Show

There's no need to keep sweet potatoes to the side of your plate. Make them the main event with these great-tasting dishes. Thanks to their great flavour and dense texture, sweet potatoes can really elevate your meat-free Mondays. Next time you're looking for a veggie feast, try these tips:

Sweet potato soup: It's a classic for a reason! Sweet potato can easily be turned into the basis of a creamy, soothing soup that will get you through a wet winter day. We love carrot and sweet potato soup or sweet potato and butternut squash soup. Add some chilli if you like a bit of spice — it does a great job at stopping the soup from being too sweet.

Sweet potato curry: Everyone loves homemade curry! While still keeping their own distinctive flavour, sweet potatoes can stand up to spice really well. Try our Thai-inspired coconut and sweet potato curry with crunchy baby corn for texture. The richness of the coconut and the zing of the chilli will have you coming back for more.

Sweet potato salad: Who says salad has to be boring? Rather than just throwing together a few leafy greens and calling it a day, turn your salad into a showstopper by adding roasted sweet potato chunks. Again, the hearty flavour of sweet potato pairs well with other strong ingredients like goat's cheese or walnuts.

Sweet potato gnocchi: Mashed sweet potato tends to be softer than regular potato, so you'll need to be prepared to make a mess for this one! It's worth it, though. These delicate little morsels will melt in your mouth and are utterly delicious. Try them with fresh pesto or your favourite Italian sauce.

Sweet Potato Recipe FAQs

How to make sweet potato fries?

The basic recipe is the same as for regular chips. Cut your sweet potato into batons, blanch them lightly, then fry them. You can also make sweet potato fries in the air fryer.

Is it OK to eat sweet potato every day?

It certainly is! You might get a little bit bored, though. Try mixing it up with sweet potato pie one day and wedges the next.

Can you eat the skin of sweet potatoes?

Yes, but wash it carefully and remove any little roots. Although you can eat the skin, many people prefer not to because it's tougher than traditional potato skin.

Can you freeze sweet potatoes?

You can freeze cooked or partly cooked sweet potatoes. Before throwing them into the freezer, cut them up into small pieces and blanch or cook them. Don't try it with raw sweet potatoes, as they'll lose their texture and become mealy.

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