8 Sweet Potato Recipes Everyone Will Love on Thanksgiving

Photo credit: Rachael Ray Show Aired November 23, 2015

If you are making the sweet potatoes for Thanksgiving dinner, but need some inspiration, you’ve come to the right place! Read on for eight different and delicious ways to prepare the orange gems!

No. 1: Kelsey Nixon’s Skillet Candied Sweet Potatoes with Toasted Pecans

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This recipe couldn’t be easier – it’s really a “set it and forget it” method. Kelsey melts a stick of butter in the bottom of a heavy-bottomed pot, then adds sweet potato rounds sliced to about 1/3 inch thick. She mixes in a combination of brown sugar, white sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg, then covers with a tight-fitting lid and cooks for an hour. When they’re done cooking, add a dash of vanilla and stir. Top with toasted pecans before serving. That’s it!

Tip: If your sweet potatoes break down too much for your liking, these are also excellent served mashed.

No. 2: Jeff Mauro's Pecan Praline Thrice Baked Sweet Potatoes

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This dish is super easy and amazingly delicious! Jeff just microwaves the sweet potatoes, scoops out the inside, mixes with an egg, then refills the potato “boats.” He then tops with a pecan praline topping and puts it back in the oven to finish. When it’s done, he tops with rounds of homemade maple chili compound butter. Amazing!

No. 3: Jesse and Jilly Lagasse’s Roasted Sweet Potatoes and Squash

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This roasted vegetable recipe shared by Emeril Lagasse's daughter, gets a kick with cayenne, cinnamon and brown sugar.

No. 4: Mashed Sweet Potatoes with Orange

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Adding all-fruit orange preserves to mashed sweet potato will make your guests say, hmmm, wondering where the citrus-y undertones came from.

No. 5: Maple-Orange Sweet Potatoes

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This yummy recipe takes it a step further, adding the flavors of maple syrup and topped with toasted nuts.

No. 6: Caroline Manzo’s Frangelico Baked Sweet Potatoes with Mascarpone Topping

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Caroline partially slices her sweet potatoes, then pours a delicious nutty Frangelico sauce over them, then roasts in the oven. She then makes a sauce with mascarpone and Frangelico to pour over the top!

No. 7: Jane Leeves’ Roasted Butternut Squash and Sweet Potato with Arugula and Balsamic

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Actress Jane Leeves shared this beautiful roasted squash and sweet potato arugula salad, which would be a great hearty but light addition to your Easter table.

No. 8: Art Smith’s Sweet Potato Salad with Cumin and Cilantro

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Art Smith’s sweet potato salad is a totally different way to present sweet potatoes for Thanksgiving. Smoky cumin and bright cilantro provide complex, multilayered flavor. And you don’t have to feel at all guilty about this superfood-packed salad.

What’s your favorite way to prepare sweet potatoes? Share below, and watch below to see Kelsey’s super-easy method:

Free Up Your Oven Space with Skillet Sweet Potatoes

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