Sweetpotatoes are one of the most versatile foods out there. I’m pretty confident about that statement. I’ve shared before about 20 awesome ways to use sweetpotatoes.
They pair well with so many other foods, whether it’s proteins, grains, eggs, legumes or other vegetables.
They can also take on so many different flavors, from sweet, to spicy, to savory, to salty and more.
This is one of many reasons why they are so pleasing to many different palates, and why they work so well for different courses, taste buds, diets, ethnic cuisines and more.
What Do SweetPotatoes Taste Like?
These root vegetables, which are often mistaken for yams, are naturally sweet, especially when baked. Their natural sweetness leads to a subtle caramelized flavor.
While they may seem initially sweet, they can also be flavored with spicy herbs and flavors and sauces, salty, savory and more.
Sweetpotatoes are often compared to carrots or pumpkin, but I find that their flavor profile is a little more unique and vibrant.
The flavor will also be dependent on:
Variety of sweetpotato: There are many different varieties of sweetpotatoes available today, ranging from the typical orange, to white, purple, yellow and more! Of course, the flavor may also change based on how you cook with them.
Eating the skin: Whether you do or don’t eat or include the skin in your recipe may impact the texture and flavor of sweet potatoes.
This simple recipe makes pork carnitas that are crispy on the outside and fall-off-the-bone tender. Their slightly spicy, rich, and savory flavor is the perfect match for creamy, buttery sweet potatoes.
This Crockpot Whole Chicken is an easy dinner you have to try! With only a few minutes of prep, the slow cooker does all the work. It’s delicious! Naturally gluten free and made with only 7 ingredients.
These Classic BBQ Meatloaf Cups will surely become a family favorite! With ground beef, onion, garlic and herbs and a balsamic vinegar, ketchup and brown sugar glaze, they're flavorful and pair well with naturally sweet sweet potatoes. make and really the best meatloaf recipe out there.
This Turkey Sausage Breakfast Casserole is an easy make ahead breakfast that you just pop in the oven in the morning! Enjoy this turkey sausage sweet potato egg casserole after a morning workout, for meal prep or with your favorite people!
This Gluten Free Sweet Potato Pizza Crust is a wholesome, gluten free and vegan pizza crust alternative that you can decorate with your favorite options. As a plant based pizza crust, it's full of flavor, fiber, nutrients and antioxidants and makes for a great post run canvas for toppings of your choice.
Oven baked kabobs are great any time of year, whether you have a grill or not. With a tantalizing flavor blend of chicken, sweet potatoes, veggies and a lemon herb marinade, these easy kabobs in the oven are a must make.
This Sweet Potato Breakfast Casserole is the perfect make-ahead breakfast or brunch option. Filled with protein, carbohydrates, and antioxidants, it's a quick and easy sweet potato egg bake and meal prep casserole.
A healthy meal for kids! Serve with baked sweet potatoes or sweet potato fries for a fun option.
One medium sweet potato provides about four grams of fiber, and provides more than your daily recommended allotment of Vitamin A, an important nutrient for immune health.
Sweet potatoes are also high in Vitamin C. Vitamin C is important for the absorption of non heme iron (necessary for plant based eating and vegan meals).
Furthermore, sweet potatoes can be a great source of post workout electrolytes, too. They naturally offer potassium and magnesium, and you can top them with sodium, making them the perfect post workout food.
Hopefully, after reading this post, you won’t struggle anymore with ideas for what to serve with sweet potato.
Make sure to let us know what your favorite pairings are!
Sarah Schlichter is a Registered Dietitian with a Master’s in Public Health Nutrition. She specializes in sports nutrition and intuitive eating, and recipe development. She also co-hosts the podcast, Nail Your Nutrition.