Sweet potatoes are seriously having a moment. Their full flavor and bright color give new life to some old favorites, especially when paired with Wisconsin cheese. We’re all about serving traditional Thanksgiving staples, but it’s fun for you and your guests to add in a few new dishes each year. Sweet potatoes are a great way to experiment without ruffling too many feathers at the table (no pun intended!). Mash them and bake them and give them that savory bite that we so love about russets and Yukons and – you know – every other potato we’ve ever met. And of course we’re going to add Wisconsin cheese. Of course.
Here are four ways to try new, spotlight-stealing sweet potato side dishes:
1. Roasted Sweet Potato Salad with Blue Cheese
This salad is the kind that can stand on its own. Bright sweet potatoes and creamy Wisconsin blue cheese are right at home on a bed of fresh spinach. Toss in some pecans (we like ‘em toasted), bacon and a unique maple-mustard vinaigrette and you’ve got all you need for a simple, yet fancy first course.
2. Smoky Bacon and Gouda Sweet Potato Bake
Who doesn’t like bacon? No, scratch that. Who doesn’t love cheese melted with bacon? This sweet potato bake has a generous helping of both, plus a crunchy bread crumb topping. The mixture of earthy leeks and sweet potatoes, bacon and Wisconsin gouda all baked into a warm, hearty casserole is one you’re going to be thinking about long after the dishes are done.
3. Smashed Sweet Potatoes with Blue Cheese and Roasted Pears
If you’re looking for a new sweet-and-savory way to do sweet potatoes, this is it. Lightly mashed sweet potatoes are topped with Wisconsin blue cheese and pears that have been roasted in a sugar and spice sauce. Fresh rosemary gives this flavorful dish the final touch. Plus, with just 9 ingredients (most of which you’ll have in your pantry!), this recipe is an easy way to make a big impression.
4: Twice-Baked Cheddar Sweet Potatoes
Turn a simple weeknight dish into a holiday showstopper. Stuffed with Wisconsin sharp cheddar, brown sugar, thick cut bacon and maple syrup, these easy twice-baked potatoes are anything but ordinary.
For more sweet potato recipes, visit EatWisconsinCheese.com.