Whether you are looking for a traditional sweet potato casserole recipe or want a new twist on an old favorite, try one of these 35 of the Best and Easiest Sweet Potato Recipes for Thanksgiving. Then, sit back and enjoy the compliments!
Serving one of these 35 insanely delicious and unique sweet potato recipes from some of the top bloggers in the country will make your Thanksgiving a sweet success this year!
Sweet potato casseroles are a classic Thanksgiving side-dish, right along with the turkey and dressing. But in addition to the classic casseroles, I have added paleo, gluten-free, and vegan sweet potato dishes.
Some of these sweet potato recipes are baked in the oven, but I also included are recipes that are made in an Instant Pot and Crockpot. You will also find a delicious sweet potato souffle, candied sweet potato casseroles, candied yams, Southern sweet potato casseroles, whipped and mashed sweet potatoes, baked and roasted sweet potatoes, and more.
It wouldn’t be Thanksgiving without yams or sweet potatoes, and any of these easy, top-rated dishes would be a delicious start to your celebration and the beginning of a new tradition for your family.
Southern Sweet Potato Casserole with Bourbon – Grits and Pinecones
Southern Sweet Potato Casserole with Bourbon and Pecans is a rich combination of flavors and textures that is sure to draw rave reviews from everyone. This is a lighter version of the classic recipe for sweet potato casserole with pecans most folks expect to see on Thanksgiving. But it has a fun twist, a touch of bourbon, the quintessential southern liquor.
Jeannie’s Sweet Potato Souffle – From a Chef’s Kitchen
A special recipe in honor of a special lady, this delicious souffle deserves a special place on your Thanksgiving table. Jeannie’s Sweet Potato Souffle is lush and luxurious, and the ultimate sweet potato souffle perfect for your holiday table!
Southern Candied Sweet Potato Casserole with Pecans – Grits and Pinecones
Often called nature’s candy, easy baked Southern Candied Sweet Potato Casserole with Pecans is a rich combination of flavors and textures. With sliced sweet potatoes, topped with brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, ground cloves, sweet creamy butter, and roasted or candied pecans, there is something for everyone.
Paleo Candied Sweet Potatoes with Pecans and Dates (Paleo and Vegan – Paleo Running Momma
A healthier version of a classic holiday favorite! These Paleo Candied Sweet Potatoes with Pecans and dates are decadently delicious as a side dish or even dessert but contain no grains, gluten, refined sugar, dairy, or soy. Just real, whole ingredients for this tasty homemade comfort food!
Roasted Parmesan Herb Sweet Potatoes – Pumpkins n’ Spice
These Roasted Parmesan Herb Sweet Potatoes are seasoned with a blend of Parmesan cheese, garlic, and herbs. Roasted until crispy on the outside and soft on the inside, this easy side dish is full of flavor and perfect for Thanksgiving!
Sweet Potato Mash with Caramelized Onions – Allergy Girl Eats
If you are looking to bring something new to your Thanksgiving table, I highly suggest this top eight allergens free mash. And it’s super easy to make with only five ingredients!
Sweet Potato Casserole with Brown Sugar Topping – Pinch of Yum
I am tossing you a Thanksgiving recipe today. THANKSGIVING! And I want you to catch it and love it, okay? It is a deep, rich, sweet potato casserole with a crunchy brown sugar topping, and it’s comforting and cozy, and it’s coming for you right now – ready?
Easy Southern Sweet Potato Bread with Pecans – Grits and Pinecones
Easy Southern Sweet Potato Bread with Pecans is the ultimate quick bread! It’s moist, flavorful, and loaded with sweet potatoes and crunchy pecans. Tasty sweet potato bread is the height of quick bread perfection, and trying to resist a slice is futile!
Maple Roasted Sweet Potatoes – Neighbor Food Blog
It doesn’t get much easier (or more delicious) than these Maple Roasted Sweet Potatoes. It’s the side dish you’ll want on your for Thanksgiving.
Savory Twice Baked Sweet Potatoes – Grits and Pinecones
Imagine if you will, soft, fluffy, and savory baked sweet potatoes, combined with shallots, thyme, butter, and delicious Fontina cheese. These Savory Twice Baked Sweet Potatoes should be making an appearance on your Thanksgiving table this year!
Baked Southern Candied Sweet Potatoes – Creme de la Crumb
Sweet, caramelized baked southern candied sweet potatoes make the perfect Fall side dish – especially for holidays like Thanksgiving and Christmas!
Roasted Sweet Potato Quinoa Salad with Zesty Lime Dressing – NOURISHED the Blog
A deliciously sweet and zesty Roasted Sweet Potato Quinoa Salad recipe all dressed up in a zesty lime vinaigrette. Perfect for lunch or as a side dish for dinner tonight.
Paleo Sweet Potato Casserole in the Slow Cooker – Food Faith Fitness
Let the slow cooker do all the work for you this Thanksgiving with this quick and easy paleo sweet potato casserole! You won’t even miss the marshmallows!
Healthy Roasted Sweet Potato Salad – Grits and Pinecones
Healthy Roasted Sweet Potato Salad is a unique, colorful, healthy and, best of all, delicious choice for your Thanksgiving dinner.
Maple Apple Cider Sweet Potatoes – Brewing Happiness
These Maple Apple Cider Sweet Potatoes are the easiest and most unique Thanksgiving side dish, featuring a secret ingredient… TEA!
Sweet Potato Casserole with Marshmallows – Dinner at the Zoo
Sweet potato casserole with marshmallows and pecans, how can you go wrong with that combination? This easy sweet potato casserole is THE BEST; it’s sure to become a tradition on your Thanksgiving table.
Lightened Up Sweet Potato Casserole – Healthy Toast
To make this less dessert-like and more dinner-table approved, the white sugar gets swapped out for brown sugar and maple syrup. By using these more flavorful sugars, the total amount of sugar can be reduced. The butter is also cut and evaporated milk gets to stay on the shelf as unsweetened vanilla almond milk can do the job with much fewer calories. Instead of 1/4 cup butter mixed with sugar and white flour, this topping is a bit healthier with just one tablespoon of butter, oats, whole wheat flour, walnuts, and brown sugar. If you aren’t a fan of walnuts, almonds also work great!
Terry’s Traditional Sweet Potato Casserole – Grits and Pinecones
Are you looking for the most delicious Thanksgiving sweet potato casserole that you have ever eaten? One that is decadent beyond description and will have your family clamoring for more? Well, you are in the right place because Terry’s Thanksgiving Sweet Potato Casserole is all that and more! It’s the perfect side dish for Thanksgiving, and it’s also perfect for any other holiday gathering.
Healthier Slow Cooker Mashed Sweet Potatoes (Vegan, Gluten-Free) – Recipes from a Pantry
Your whole family will love this super cozy and easy to prepare Slow Cooker Mashed Sweet Potatoes!!! It is a great comfort food side dish for everyday family dinners, fall gatherings, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and even breakfast. Suitable for vegan and gluten-free diets. Post Includes Weight Watchers points.
Pressure Cooker or Instant Pot Sweet Potato Casserole – This Old Gal
Pressure Cooker or Instant Pot Sweet Potato Casserole is a traditional Thanksgiving recipe, which nicely complements turkey and other side dishes.
Instant Pot Mashed Sweet Potatoes – Cozy Peach Kitchen
Mashed sweet potatoes are a sweet alternative to standard mashed potatoes. They are easy to make in your Instant Pot in under 30 minutes using warming fall ingredients like cinnamon, nutmeg, and brown sugar.
Sweet Potato Casserole – Syrup and Biscuits
This Sweet Potato Casserole is a Thanksgiving tradition. Sweet potato flesh is mixed with cream cheese, butter, brown sugar, maple syrup, and spices and topped with a tasty, crunchy, oatmeal pecan crumble.
Southern Candied Yams – Julia’s Simply Southern
Southern Candied Yams are a classic holiday side dish. During the holidays, you’ll find a mix of savory and sweet side dishes on the Southern menu. This is sure to include either classic candied yams.
Candied Yams & Apples Recipe – Salt and Baker
Candied yams are coated in a sweet glazed with just the right spices added and baked to perfection. Technically what we’re accustomed to calling yams are sweet potatoes. I grew up calling them yams, and that’s how it will always be for me. Today we’re taking Candied Yams to a whole new level! These Candied Yams with apples are a traditional, yet unique, Thanksgiving side dish. These yams are topped with sliced apples and are bathed in a delicious apple and orange sauce.
Whipped Sweet Potatoes with Cream and Butter – Girl Heart Food
With a touch of cream, butter, and some warming spices, these Whipped Sweet Potatoes make the most AMAZING, creamy dreamy holiday side! Plus, you can have this easy vegetable dish on the table in about 30 minutes!
Maple Crunch Sweet Potato Casserole – Cooking with Carlee
This Maple Crunch Sweet Potato Casserole is a smooth maple kissed filling topped with a perfectly crumbly and filled with oats and pecans. Your holiday table won’t be complete without it!
His and Her Sweet Potato Casserole – Cooking with K
His and Her Sweet Potato Casserole, two Thanksgiving traditions come together, toasted marshmallows and pecan crumble toppings blanketing creamy smooth sweet potatoes. Scrumptious!!
Paleo Sweet Potato Casserole (Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free) – Mama Knows Gluten Free
A Southern classic with a Paleo twist. Fluffy sweet potato casserole topped with a crunchy pecan crumble. Gluten-free, dairy-free, grain-free, and no refined sugar.
Coconut Whipped Sweet Potatoes with Maple Pecan Drizzle – Kitchen Treaty
These Coconut Whipped Sweet Potatoes are a happy medium between savory and sweet. The potatoes read as mostly savory, but the maple-pecan drizzle adds the element of sweet – in a good way. Best of all, Coconut Whipped Sweet Potatoes are a cinch to whip up (literally)! Simmer the sweet potatoes and a few cozy spices in coconut milk until tender.
Scalloped Sweet Potato Ring – The Healthy Foodie
This stunner of a dish is easy to make! It’s so stupidly easy to assemble, yet it looks so elegant, I think that it makes it the perfect sweet potato side dish recipe EVER, especially for Thanksgiving!
Hasselback Sweet Potatoes with Maple Cinnamon Butter – Life, Love and Good Food
Hasselback Sweet Potatoes with Maple Cinnamon Butter is a deliciously elegant way to serve sweet potatoes this holiday season. Carefully slice sweet potatoes — without cutting all the way through — and fan them slightly apart. Drizzle them with olive oil and bake in cast iron until the sweet potatoes are tender through and through.
Spiral Sweet Potato Tart with Whipped Maple Ricotta – Bunsen Burner Bakery
A baked spiral sweet potato tart with a layer of whipped maple ricotta: both delicious and beautiful enough to star at your next holiday dinner.
Maple Pecan Roasted Sweet Potato Slices – Savory Nothings
Roasted Sweet Potato Slices are the perfect side dish for Thanksgiving and Christmas holiday meals or everyday dinners during the fall and winter months. The sweet maple pecan topping makes these completely irresistible!
Easy Creamy Southern Sweet Potato Soup – Grits and Pinecones
Easy Creamy Southern Sweet Potato Soup is as smooth as velvet, a little spicy and pure creamy deliciousness. Sweet and savory with carrots and sweet potatoes, this homemade soup is quick to make and even quicker to disappear. Topped with candied pecans, this easy soup recipe is 100% delicious.
I know! So many choices! So little time! No matter which delicious sweet potato recipe for Thanksgiving you choose, your family and friends will love it!
What’s your favorite sweet potato recipe, and which dish will you be making this year?
★ If you make any of these 50 Best Thanksgiving Desserts, please leave a comment and let me know which one you chose. I would love to see how you liked it! Thanks so much for visiting Grits and Pinecones!
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And, because Christmas isn’t far behind, I thought you might be interested in these Christmas recipe roundup posts:
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*Originally published on November 4, 2016, republished on November 3, 2019, with 20 new recipes.