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Sweet Potato and Peanut Soup

Because of their excellent storage properties, sweet potatoes often appear at farmers markets throughout the winter. This warming first dish utilizes some of the sweet potatoes in your "root cellar" (i.e., refrigerator storage bin).

Sweet potato souffle without the marshmallows

Not everyone likes super-sweet sweet potatoes.

Sweet Potato Gnocchi with Kale, Sage, and Balsamic Brown Butter

This dish was inspired solely by the straightforward combination of earthy sweet potato with the natural richness of nuts and root vegetables. I use aged balsamic vinegar to showcase the flavor of that intense, marvelously aged Italian product. The sauce of balsamic and brown butter works really well with this rustic dish.

Sweet Potatoes, Sweet Turnips, and Greens

If it weren't for the comforting balance of the greens, you might be tempted to serve this collection of roasted vegetables for dessert. Choose a sweet salad turnip variety, such as hakurei or white doll, with greens attached. You can find the characteristically round, white turnips at area farmers markets.

Darryl Evans’s Sweet Potato-Macaroni Soufflé

Darryl Evans's career took shape in the era when fusion was hot, mixing Southern cooking with global flavors in dishes such as whole, sizzling Asian-style catfish or ravioli stuffed with goat cheese and Georgia caviar.

Curried Sweet Potato Soup

From "Screen Doors and Sweet Tea" by Martha Hall Foose, Clarkson Potter. I love the way a crisp puffed pork rind (or a scattering of pomegranate seeds) crowns this soup, which elevates the lowly sweet potato.

Sweet Potato Bourbon Pie

Why would you want your sweet potato pie to look (and taste) like a pumpkin pie? This double-pastry pie flaunts its sweet potatoes in bright orange slices. Brown sugar and bourbon highlight their earthy appeal. Serve warm with vanilla or caramel ice cream.

Chicken and Sweet Potato Stew

From "The New Southern Garden Cookbook" by Sheri Castle. The somewhat unusual combination of chicken, sweet potatoes, peanuts, tomatoes, coconut, chutney, and curry has deep roots in the South, particularly in the Lowcountry, where there was ready access to imported spices and where expert cooks from many cultures stirred their own familiar ingredients into the pots.

Chipotle Mashed Sweet Potatoes

If you smoke, grill or deep-fry your Thanksgiving turkey, consider this your perfect side dish. Alan Conner, co-owner of Dakota Blue in Grant Park, keeps his formula for mashed sweet potatoes simple and delicious.

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