I don’t know about you, but the traditional Thanksgiving and end of year holiday yams have never been my thing. But, I have a friend who is a sweet potato enthusiast who introduced me to a few new recipes. If you are looking for a few holiday alternatives or year-round side dishes—try these.
Slice And Boil
One of the easiest recipes is to peel and slice your sweet potatoes or yams to a quarter of an inch thick. Then, slow boil until fork tender. Add a bit of sugar to the water to sweeten—a little bit goes a long way.
Bake Like A Potato
Another easy alternative is to treat your yam or sweet potato like a regular potato, and bake it at 450 degrees for 45 minutes, or until fork tender. This will bring out the natural sweetness and is delicious with minimal toppings.
Slice Long And Top
An excellent gluten-free cracker, bread, or bruschetta alternative are sweet potatoes. Leave the peel on, and slice one-quarter of an inch thick, either sideways or lengthwise depending on your desired size. Sprinkle lightly with oil, salt, pepper, or your preferred spices. Then bake at 375 for 10 to 15 minutes—or until fork tender. Cool a bit, then top and serve.
You can also roast, stir-fry, make French fries, chips, or any other recipe you would use a standard potato for.