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The Best Sweet Potato Recipes For Thanksgiving

It's time to step up your holiday feast.

Sweet potatoes, though welcome on the table any time of year, are a must come Thanksgiving. You might think they seem a bit redundant sitting next to the mashed potatoes, but trust us, they are an essential side dish. Sweet potatoes bring a little taste of dessert to the dinner table -- because, well, they're so naturally sweet. And often topped with a layer of even sweeter marshmallows. Or candied pecans. Or they're just straight up candied themselves. There are so many different ways to serve this orange root that make them earn their spot on the Thanksgiving table.

While we love them in all the traditional ways mentioned above, it's never a bad idea to see what else sweet potatoes can bring to the Thanksgiving spread. We put together a collection of recipes to help you do that -- with a few traditional ones mixed in as well.

1
Bourbon Bacon Whipped Sweet Potatoes With Brown Butter And Crispy Sage
How Sweet It Is
2
Lighter Sweet Potato Casserole With Maple Toasted Marshmallow
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3
Cinnamon Sugar Hasselback Sweet Potatoes With Oatmeal Cookie Crumble
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4
Loaded Sweet Potatoes
Damn Delicious
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5
Sweet Potato Casserole With Pecan Crumble
Pinch of Yum
6
Sweet Potato Casserole
Damn Delicious
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7
Apple Bacon Stuffed Sweet Potatoes
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8
Crispy Roasted Sweet Potatoes With Bourbon Maple Butter
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9
Savory Sweet Potato Casserole
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10
Curried Sweet Potato Rounds With Honeyed Walnuts, Cranberries And Blue Cheese
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11
Lightened-Up Sweet Potato Casserole
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12
Sweet Potato-Cranberry Crisp
Completely Delicious
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13
Sweet Potato Tater Tots
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14
Tandoori Butter Sweet Potato Fries
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15
Roasted Grape And Goat Cheese And Honey Stuffed Sweet Potatoes
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16
Sweet Potato Beer Biscuits With Maple Sage Butter
The Beeroness
17
Maple Cream Sweet Potato Soup With Cheddar Cinnamon Sugar Twist
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18
Simple Salty Sweet Potato Skin Chips
Half Baked Harvest
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19
Bourbon Sweet Potato Casserole With Sweet ‘N Savory Bacon Pecans
Half Baked Harvest
20
Maple Buttered Sweet Potato Wedges
Foodie Crush
21
Sweet Potato Crescent Rolls
Completely Delicious
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