Gluten-Free Sweet Potato Recipes

Naturally, gluten-free sweet potatoes and yams frequently make an appearance on the holiday dinner table. But some recipes introduce ingredients that contain gluten, such as wheat flour. You could try substituting gluten-free all-purpose flour or omit the traditional sweet potato casserole altogether to keep your menu gluten-free.

Or take charge of the sweet potatoes yourself and prepare an extra-special gluten-free recipe everyone can enjoy. These dishes make a welcome addition to dinner at any time of the year.

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    Baked Sweet Potato Fries

    Sweet Potato Fries

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    This healthy recipe for a fast-food favorite turns fresh sweet potatoes into crispy fries in the oven with just a little oil, salt, and perhaps a dash of cayenne pepper. You can serve them as a side for many different styles of meals, and they take only 30 minutes to cook, making them convenient even on a weeknight. Cut the potatoes into uniform batons or wedges so they cook evenly. You can keep the skin on for a more rustic result or remove it to satisfy your personal taste and aesthetics.

    With the rich flavor of these fries, dip becomes an optional add-on. But if you do like a little extra oomph, curried mayonnaise makes a good choice. If you opt for ketchup, make sure to choose a gluten-free brand. Avoid soy sauce, which usually contains gluten, unless you have a source for a certified gluten-free one.

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    Low Fat Sweet Potatoes

    Mashed Sweet Potatoes, Yams
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    Looking for ways to trim calories from your traditional Thanksgiving menu this year? Sweet potatoes cut the fat but retain all of the flavor when you boil and mash them with orange juice, orange zest, brown sugar, and spices.

    This recipe leaves off the traditional marshmallows, but you can certainly add them if you want (along with some calories). Spread the potatoes in a casserole dish or pie plate, top them with mini marshmallows, and put them under the broiler until the marshmallows start to turn brown.

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    Caribbean Sweet Potato Recipe

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    This island-inspired dish uses cubed fresh sweet potatoes. Bake them with oil, honey, lime juice, garlic, and spices for about 40 minutes for an unexpected take on a traditional Thanksgiving side dish. This gluten-free recipe pairs well with turkey, but the sweet-and-spicy flavor can also comfortably accompany pork, fish, or a vegetarian entree for an easy workday menu. Peel the potatoes for this dish so the seasonings can fully penetrate the creamy flesh.

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    Baked Whole Sweet Potatoes

    Baked Sweet Potato with Butter
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    Baked sweet potatoes resemble their russet cousins, but their underlying sweetness lends itself to both sweet and savory toppings. Enjoy one hot out of the oven with a simple adornment of butter or sour cream, or take the flavor up a notch with paprika, cayenne, cumin, and salt. For a sweet presentation, top it with butter, a sprinkle of cinnamon, and maybe a little extra sugar for holiday decadence. Baked sweet potatoes hold up well in the refrigerator and arguably even improve in flavor, so feel free to bake some ahead. You can leave them whole or remove the skins and cut them into wedges.