Wondering what to eat with sweet potatoes? Here are 43 delicious ideas including meats, mains, and sides, plus ideas for leftovers!
Sweet potatoes are a super versatile vegetable.
You can enjoy them year-round in casseroles, soups, meal prep recipes, and as a Thanksgiving side dish.
But, with so many different ways to prepare them, it can be hard to know what other foods to add to your meal.
We’re here to help!
Below are 43 ideas for what to eat with sweet potatoes including meats, mains, and sides.
We also share creative ways to use leftovers and some of our favorite sweet potato dishes!
- Sweet Potatoes 101
- What to Eat With Sweet Potatoes
- What to Do With Leftover Sweet Potatoes
- Yummy Sweet Potato Recipes
Sweet Potatoes 101
Sweet potatoes are arguably one of the most delicious root vegetables.
They have a natural sweetness that lends itself to both sweet and savory preparations. And some people describe the delicious flavor as a mix between pumpkin and regular potatoes
They pair well with fresh herbs and spices like cinnamon, rosemary, thyme, clove, allspice, garlic, and ginger.
And they’re perfect for baking, roasting, or boiling.
Sweet potatoes are also chock full of nutrients, making them the ideal vessel for a healthy meal.
They’re a great source of fiber and vitamin A. They’re also a good source of B vitamins, vitamin C, protein, manganese, and potassium.
But, if you’re having trouble figuring out what to eat with sweet potatoes, try one of the perfect pairings, below!
What to Eat With Sweet Potatoes
Below, you’ll find everything you need to create the most delicious sweet potato dinner ideas!
We’ve compiled several yummy pairing options for each of the most popular sweet potato preparations.
And, you can mix and match your favorite sides, meats, and main dishes to your liking.
What to Serve with Baked or Roasted Sweet Potatoes and Wedges
Here are some creative and satisfying foods to go with roasted sweet potatoes or your favorite baked sweet potato recipe.
Whether you prefer wedges with olive oil and seasonings, roasted sweet potatoes with cinnamon, or baked sweet potatoes topped with sour cream and cheese, you’ll find the perfect meats, main dishes, and sides to complete your meal.
Meats and Mains
1. Grilled Bruschetta Chicken Breasts
This juicy chicken topped with melted cheese, fresh bruschetta, and balsamic glaze, is the perfect pairing for baked sweet potatoes or wedges.
The combination of flavors will create a healthy and delicious meal.
2. Steak or Steak Bites
There’s nothing more classic than steak and potatoes!
Steak is a great protein to pair with sweet potatoes because they’re both hearty and flavorful. And you can use similar herbs and seasonings for both dishes.
These BBQ pineapple chicken thighs have sweet and savory notes just like sweet potatoes. And you’ll only need a handful of ingredients to make them.
This recipe is ideal for a quick weeknight meal and a great pairing for baked sweet potatoes or wedges.
These Asian chicken thighs are another great Crock Pot recipe to serve alongside sweet potatoes. They’re juicy, flavorful, and a mix of sweet and savory.
Sausage kabobs are a great summertime recipe to pair with sweet potato wedges. You can skewer and grill your sweet potatoes alongside the sausage and vegetables.
Or, you can serve them on the side.
It’s one of my family’s favorite meals!
1. Sautéed or Roasted Green Beans
Green beans are a healthy side dish to go with any sweet potato meal. You can use similar herbs and seasonings to sauté or roast your beans.
And the texture contrast will make for a perfectly balanced easy dinner!
You can also serve asparagus with your sweet potatoes. They’re similar to green beans. And they’re incredibly healthy.
Top your baked asparagus with cheese and lemon for a bright contrast to the rich and hearty sweet potatoes.
3. Green Salad
You can’t go wrong with a delicious green salad!
Here are some of our favorite salad recipes to eat with sweet potatoes:
- Persimmon Salad with Goat Cheese and Oranges
- Ultimate Winter Green Salad with Pomegranate, Pears, and Pecans
- Spinach Strawberry Salad with Almonds
- The Best Chicken Caesar Salad With Pasta
- The Easiest BLT Salad With Avocado
Green beans are a quick and healthy side dish to eat with sweet potatoes. You can buy them frozen and steam them to perfection in a matter of minutes.
Add a little butter and seasonings, and you’re ready to go!
If you want to use up those cans of corn in your pantry, try making this honey butter skillet corn!
The sweet notes from the honey and the savory cream cheese pair perfectly with the flavors of baked or roasted sweet potatoes.
What to Eat with Sweet Potato Fries and Sweet Potato Chips
Sweet potato fries and chips are a great side for sandwiches, burgers, sliders, and wraps.
You can make your own fries or chips from thin slices of sweet potato, or purchase them from the store.
And you can’t go wrong with any of the delicious pairings below!
Meats and Mains
1. Pulled Pork Sandwiches
Who doesn’t love a good pulled pork sandwich?
They’re sweet, savory, and satisfying. And crispy sweet potato fries or chips are their perfect companion!
Hamburgers and fries go hand-in-hand!
3. Deli Sandwiches
Sweet potato chips pair particularly well with a good deli sandwich like this Turkey Sandwich with Avocado, bacon, and special sauce.
This combo makes for the perfect quick and easy lunch!
4. Sandwich Wraps
You can also eat sweet potato fries or chips with a yummy sandwich wrap like these Deluxe Grilled Cheeseburger Wraps.
You can use your fries or chips to sop up any drippings from these juicy cheesy sandwiches!
5. Pita Pockets and Gyros
Gyros and pita pockets are the Greek version of the classic sandwich wrap and they’re just as delicious.
Sprinkle your sweet potato chips or fries with a little Greek seasoning and enjoy!
6. Chicken Nuggets and Tenders
Crispy and juicy chicken tenders or nuggets pair perfectly with the crunch of sweet potato fries and chips.
And you can dip them in the same sauce!
Chicken salad is a classic sandwich to eat for lunch. And many recipes feature sweet ingredients like grapes, apples, and strawberries that play off the sweetness of sweet potatoes.
Next time you enjoy a chicken salad sandwich, try it with some sweet potato fries or chips!
Broccoli salad makes a great side for cookout foods like burgers and pulled pork sandwiches. And the flavors perfectly complement sweet potatoes.
2. Tomato Salad
A bright and zesty tomato salad is the perfect contrast to the deep flavors of sweet potato fries and chips. And they’re also a great companion to meaty sandwich recipes and burgers.
3. Crispy Okra
If you want to double up on crispy flavorful sides, serve fried okra with your sweet potato fries and chips!
They’re another healthy vegetable that completely transforms when baked or fried.
4. Fruit Salad
Fruit salad makes a great side dish to serve alongside sweet potatoes. It’s another traditional dish to eat with sandwiches and picnic foods.
And it’s so easy to put together!
5. Baked Beans
Rich and savory baked beans have a similar flavor profile to sweet potato fries and chips. And they pair well with the same meats and main dishes.
What to Serve with Mashed Sweet Potatoes
Mashed sweet potatoes are fluffy, creamy, and perfect to eat with the yummy dishes, below.
You can enjoy these pairings for a cozy Sunday dinner or holiday meal.
Meats and Mains
A good meatloaf recipe like this Cream of Mushroom Meatloaf needs a soft and creamy side.
Mashed sweet potatoes are the perfect option to complete your meal!
2. Turkey Breast
Turkey and sweet potatoes are another classic pairing. You often think of one when you think of the other.
Serving mashed sweet potatoes with juicy turkey breasts is a no-brainer!
3. Corned Beef
Corned beef has a salty, spicy beefy flavor, and it features ingredients like mustard, black pepper, coriander, allspice, and clove.
These flavors also pair well with sweet potatoes, making mashed sweet potatoes an ideal side.
Mashed sweet potatoes are a great complement to beefy juicy proteins.
And brisket definitely fits that bill. This is a great pairing for special occasions.
Speaking of special occasions, ham is a classic choice for Christmas dinner!
A luscious bowl of sweet potatoes fits right in with this festive meal.
6. Roast Beef
Roast beef of any kind is a great protein to eat with sweet potatoes.
Balsamic chicken and veggies is an easy weeknight meal that only requires one pan.
And a quick sweet potato mash is the perfect side dish to complete your dinner.
These creamy chicken pillows with gravy beg for a side of mashed potatoes.
Instead of regular potatoes, try sweet potatoes for added nutrition and a colorful twist!
These sweet and tangy pork ribs are finger-licking good and so easy to make.
A simple sweet potato mash is the perfect complement to the rich flavors of this Crock Pot masterpiece.
10. Pork Chops
Pork chops are just as good a pairing for sweet potatoes as pork ribs.
Sticky-sweet brown sugar salmon is flaky, tender, and full of flavor. And the sauce ingredients couldn’t be better suited for a side of mashed sweet potatoes!
1. Mac and Cheese
A creamy macaroni dish like this Cheesy Chicken Macaroni Casserole is the perfect side for a hearty Thanksgiving or Christmas meal.
It’s a great companion dish to mashed sweet potatoes and it’s always a crowd-pleaser.
2. Stuffed Mushrooms
Cheesy and savory stuffed mushrooms are a welcome addition to a meaty meal with a mashed sweet potato side.
You can use similar herbs and seasonings to flavor each component of your dinner!
Rolls of any kind are a classic side for hearty and comforting meals. Here are some of our favorite recipes that pair perfectly with mashed sweet potatoes.
- Refrigerator Mashed Potato Rolls
- No-Knead Crescent Rolls (Fairy Rolls)
- Soft and Fluffy Pumpkin Dinner Rolls
4. Wild rice
If you like wild rice, don’t be afraid to serve it alongside mashed sweet potatoes! They both pair well with the same kinds of proteins and you can use similar seasonings and spices to tie the meal together.
5. Creamed Spinach
Spinach and sweet potatoes are both full of nutritional value and they work well together as flavorful vegetable sides.
You can serve these two dishes with any of the hearty proteins above!
If you’re not a fan of spinach, a cheesy zucchini and yellow squash casserole can take its place.
The tender squash, onion, thyme, and creamy base make this dish hard to beat!
Carrots are another healthy and delicious root vegetable to serve with sweet potatoes.
And when you add a little bit of cinnamon and butter, they’re even more of an ideal pairing.
Coconut is one of the top flavor pairings for sweet potatoes. So this coconut rice with black beans just makes sense.
This dish is a great side for brown sugar salmon.
Who can say no to cheesy bread? This French bread recipe is a great addition to almost any meal. And you’ll only need 4 ingredients to make it.
Serve it with mashed sweet potatoes, and your favorite proteins, above!
10. Easy Cheesy Drop Biscuits
This list of what to eat with sweet potatoes would not be complete without these easy cheesy drop biscuits.
They’re old-fashioned, comforting, and the perfect companion to mashed sweet potatoes.
What to Do With Leftover Sweet Potatoes
Now that we’ve listed the best foods to eat with sweet potatoes, here are some ideas for what to do with leftovers.
There are so many fun and creative ways to enjoy leftover sweet potatoes. And here are a few of our favorites!
- Creamy sweet potato soup with coconut milk
- Sweet potato pancakes with maple syrup for extra flavor
- Sweet potato chili
- Classic sweet potato pie
- Sweet potato salad
- Sweet potato toast
- Breakfast or dinner sweet potato hash with red onions and fried egg
- Sweet potato tacos
- Sweet potato biscuits
Sweet potatoes pair well with almost any protein. Some of the best options are:
– Turkey breast
– Chicken Breast or thighs
– Pork chops
– Pork loin
Sweet potatoes are incredibly versatile. And you can use them for both sweet and savory preparations.
– Salt and Pepper
Yes! The skin of sweet potatoes is edible. Sweet potato skin is also full of nutrients. So, don’t skip it the next time you make a meal!
Yummy Sweet Potato Recipes
Here are some of our favorite sweet potato recipes. Try pairing them with the yummy meats, mains, and sides, above!
Instant Pot Sweet Potato Crunch Casserole
This Sweet Potato Casserole features mashed sweet potatoes mixed with spices and topped with a delicious brown sugar and pecan topping. It’s the ultimate side dish for your holiday dinner.
Delicious Slow Cooker Sweet Potatoes and Apples
These Slow Cooker Sweet Potatoes and Apples feature perfectly cooked sweet potato cubes, a sweet orange juice and brown sugar glaze, and tender apples. You’ll delight everyone on Thanksgiving Day with this delicious recipe!
Simple Cinnamon Roasted Sweet Potatoes and Apples
These simple Cinnamon Roasted Sweet Potatoes and Apples are the perfect fall side dish. You only need 4 ingredients and a baking sheet to make this healthy and naturally sweet recipe.
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