Scalloped Sweet Potatoes

Cooking spray or butter
2 cups heavy cream
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 bay leaf
1 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
3 pounds sweet potatoes (about 4 to 5 medium), peeled and sliced into 1/4-inch thick rounds
1/2 cup shredded Gruyère cheese

Arrange a rack in the middle of the oven and heat to 400°F. Grease a 9×13-inch baking dish with butter or cooking spray; set aside.

Place the cream, butter, garlic, and bay leaf in a small saucepan and bring to a simmer over low heat. Meanwhile, combine the thyme, nutmeg, salt, and pepper in a small bowl.

Evenly distribute about half of the potatoes over the bottom of the baking dish. Sprinkle with half of the salt and herb mixture. Add the remaining potatoes in an even layer. Sprinkle with the remaining seasoning.

Remove the bay leaf from the cream and discard. Pour the cream and garlic over the potatoes. Push down to submerge them as much as possible. The potatoes won’t be fully submerged — that’s okay. Cover tightly with aluminum foil.

Bake for 15 minutes. Uncover and bake until the sweet potatoes are tender, about 15 minutes more. Remove the baking dish from the oven. Turn on the oven’s broiler. Sprinkle the cheese over the top of the potatoes. Broil until the cheese is melted and the top is lightly browned, 3 to 5 minutes. Let the sweet potatoes cool for about 10 minutes before serving.

Recipe Notes
Storage: Leftovers can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

Hot Honey Caramel Sweet Potatoes

2 pounds sweet potatoes, peeled and chopped into large chunks
4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1 1/2 tablespoons brown sugar
1/2 cup honey
1 jalapeño pepper, thinly sliced (keep the seeds in!)

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F. Place the sweet potatoes in a baking dish or on a baking sheet in a single layer. I like to chop my sweet potatoes a bit larger here – like 1 1/2 to 2 inch chunks. If you chop yours smaller, make sure to roast for a shorter period of time.

Drizzle the potatoes with the melted butter, sprinkle with salt and pepper and sprinkle on the brown sugar. Toss and stir so all of the pieces are coated. Roasted the potatoes for 20 minutes. Remove the dish from the oven and gently flip the potatoes, roasting again for 20 minutes. The potatoes should be tender, caramely and charred in some places.

Heat the honey and the jalapeños in a saucepan over medium-low heat. Let the honey come to a light simmer then turn off the honey. Let it sit for 5 minutes. Strain the honey through a fine mesh sieve to remove the peppers and the seeds.

When the sweet potatoes are golden and caramely and delicious, remove them from the oven and drizzle them with the honey to serve. Serve immediately!

Garlic Parmesan Roasted Sweet Potatoes

3 medium sweet potatoes (about 2 pounds total), cut into 1 1/2-inch cubes
2 tablespoons olive oil
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 cup finely grated Parmesan cheese, divided

Arrange a rack in the middle of the oven and heat to 425°F.

Place the potatoes, oil, salt, and pepper in a large bowl and toss to combine. Transfer the potatoes to a rimmed baking sheet and spread into a single layer. Roast for 15 minutes. Flip the potatoes over with a flat spatula and cook until browned and tender, about 10 minutes more.

Remove the baking sheet from the oven. Set the oven to broil. Sprinkle the potatoes with the garlic and half of the cheese and stir to coat well. Sprinkle the remaining cheese over the potatoes. Broil until the cheese is soft and melted, 1 to 2 minutes.

Recipe Notes
Storage: Leftovers can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.

Candied Sweet Potatoes

4 pounds sweet potatoes (about 5 medium), peeled
1/2 cup unsweetened pineapple juice
4 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 cup packed light brown sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

Cut the potatoes in half crosswise. Cut each half into quarters.

Place the potatoes in a large saucepan and cover with cold water. Bring to a boil over medium heat, then simmer, reducing the heat as needed, until the potatoes are barely fork-tender, 3 to 5 minutes. Drain the potatoes and set aside.

Meanwhile, combine the pineapple juice, butter, sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt in a wide, high-sided skillet over medium-high heat. Stir continuously to dissolve the sugar. Bring to a boil, then add the potatoes. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the liquid is reduced and thickened to form a glaze over the potatoes, 10 to 12 minutes. Serve immediately.

Recipe Notes
Make ahead: The potatoes can be boiled up to 1 day in advance. Cool to room temperature, then store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.
Storage: Leftovers can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.

Whipped Sweet Poatoes with Coconut Milk and Vanilla Bean

2 to 2 1/2 pounds sweet potatoes (about 4 to 5 medium)
1/2 cup coconut milk (or whole milk or cream)
2 to 3 tablespoons packed brown sugar
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla bean paste (or pure vanilla extract)
Ground cinnamon, to taste
Kosher salt, to taste
Chopped fresh parsley leaves or coconut flakes, for garnish (optional)

Arrange a rack in the middle of the oven and heat to 425°F. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil.

Pierce the sweet potatoes a few times with a sharp knife. Place them on the baking sheet and roast until tender and a knife easily pricks through, 45 minutes to 1 hour. Set aside to cool until cool enough to handle.

Halve the potatoes lengthwise, scoop of the flesh, and run the flesh through a potato ricer or food mill into a large bowl.

Meanwhile, combine the coconut milk, brown sugar, butter, vanilla bean paste, a few dashes of cinnamon, and a generous pinch of salt in a saucepan and cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until the butter is melted and sugar dissolved. Reduce the heat to low and keep warm.

Add the warmed milk mixture, a few tablespoons at a time, into the potatoes, and beat with an electric mixer on high speed until smooth and fluffy. (You may not use all of the milk mixture.)

Taste and adjust seasonings, adding more sugar, cinnamon, or salt as needed. Serve immediately. Garnish with the parsley or coconut flakes if using.

Recipe Notes
Make ahead: This recipe can be made ahead and stored in the refrigerator for up to 2 days. To reheat (or keep warm), place the bowl of potatoes over a bowl of simmering water, stirring occasionally.
Storage: Leftovers can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

Whipped Sweet Potatoes with Maple Drizzle and Pecans

6 tablespoons butter, divided
2 1/2 pounds sweet potatoes (3 to 4 large ones), peeled, quartered lengthwise, and cut into 1/2-inch-thick pieces
1 cup milk (not nonfat), divided
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup maple syrup
1/2 cup chopped pecans

Melt 4 tablespoons of the butter in a large (4-quart) saucepan or other heavy-bottomed pot over medium heat. Add the sweet potatoes, stir to coat with the butter, and sauté for about five minutes. Add 2/3 cup of the milk and the salt, stir again to coat the sweet potatoes, then cover the pot and turn the heat down to medium-low.

Cook the sweet potatoes, uncovering the pot to stir every 5 minutes, until they are very soft and beginning to fall apart — this will take about 15 minutes total. If at any point the liquid has completely evaporated or the potatoes are beginning to brown on the bottom of the pot, add a splash of water, stir, and turn the heat down a little bit. When the sweet potatoes are finished cooking, turn off the heat.

Mash the potatoes right in the pot with a potato masher. Add the final 1/3 cup of milk and whisk the sweet potatoes vigorously, until whipped and lightened in texture. Taste for seasoning, adding more salt if desired. Spoon into a serving dish.

Heat the remaining two tablespoons of butter with the maple syrup and pecans in a small skillet or saucepan over medium heat. When the mixture begins to bubble vigorously, stir and pour it over the sweet potatoes. Serve hot.

Recipe Note
This recipe works well with both orange-fleshed and lighter-colored sweet potatoes.

This recipe can be made a few days ahead (do not top with maple and pecan drizzle until serving) and reheated over low heat on the stovetop.

Sour Cream and Balsmic Whipped Sweet Potatoes

3 to 4 pounds sweet potatoes (4 to 5 medium potatoes), baked and peeled
1/4 cup packed light brown sugar
1/4 cup sour cream
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

Mash the still-warm sweet potatoes until smooth in a large bowl. Add the brown sugar, sour cream, vinegar, and salt. Stir to combine. Serve warm or at room temperature.

Make ahead: The sweet potatoes can be baked up to 5 days in advance and stored in a sealed container in the refrigerator. Peel and mash the potatoes, then reheat over medium-low heat on the stovetop when ready to finish and serve.

Storage: Leftovers can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.

Italian Roasted Potatoes

1 lb baby potatoes
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 teaspoon bottled Italian seasoning
1/4 teaspoon salt or to taste
2 dashes paprika
1/3 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
1 teaspoon chopped parsley leaves
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into small cubes

Preheat the oven to 400F. Clean and rinse the baby potatoes, drain and cut into halves.

Heat up an oven-safe skillet (cast-iron preferred) and add the olive oil. Add the potatoes and cook until the surface turns crispy. Turn over the cook the skin side until nicely browned. Push the potatoes to one side and saute the garlic, follow by the Italian seasoning, salt and paprika, stir to combine well. Turn off the heat and sprinkle the cheese and parsley on top of the potatoes. Transfer the skillet into the oven, roast for 15 minutes. Add the butter cubes on top of the potatoes, serve immediately.

Cook’s Note:

This recipe used extremely small baby potatoes. If you have bigger potatoes, roast for 20 minutes or until cooked. You may also roast the potatoes right away in the oven. Just combine the olive oil, garlic, potatoes, Italian seasoning, salt and paprika with the potatoes and follow the remaining steps. Roast for 20 minutes.

Garlic Herb Cheese Bombs

2 cans (7.5 oz. each) refrigerated biscuits
4 oz. Mozzarella cheese, cut into 20 cubes
4 tablespoons butter, melted
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
Some fresh parsley leaves, finely chopped
A tiny pinch of salt

Preheat oven to 400°F.

Open the biscuit cans and separate the biscuits. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper. Wrap the cheese bombs by placing one cube of the cheese in the center of each biscuit. Carefully wrap the biscuit dough around the cheese, pinch the biscuit to close and seal tight. Place the seam part down and arrange the biscuits so they are at least 1-inch apart. Bake for 10 minutes or until the surfface turn golden brown.

While the biscuits are baked in the oven, mix the butter, garlic powder, salt, and parsley leaves together. Set aside.

Remove the biscuits from the oven and brush with the butter mixture immediately. Serve warm.

Creamy Garlic Thyme Potatoes

1 tablespoon olive oil
1 lb baby potatoes, scrubbed and cut into halves
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
6 cloves garlic, peeled
2/3 cup chicken broth
3 tablespoons whipping cream
6 sprigs thyme
Pinch of salt or to taste
Pinch of sugar*
2 dashes cayenne pepper

Heat up a skillet (cast-iron preferred) on high heat. When the skillet is fully heated and hot, add the olive oil. Cook the potatoes, with the skin side up first, until the potatoes turn golden brown. Turn the potatoes over and cook the skin until they turn brown. Push the potatoes to one side of the skillet and add the butter and garlic. Saute the garlic for 30 seconds.

Add the chicken broth, whipping cream and thyme. Turn the heat to low and simmer the potatoes until they are cooked through, about 10 mins. Turn the potatoes while simmering. Add salt, sugar and cayenne pepper, stir to mix well. Turn off the heat and serve immediately.

* If you have Japanese mirin (sweet wine seasoning) at home, use 1 tablespoon of mirin and skip the sugar. Mirin makes this dish absolutely flavorful.

Garlic Chive Butter Roasted Potatoes

4 tablespoons unsalted butter
4 cloves garlic, minced
3 tablespoons chopped chives
3 dashes ground black pepper
1/4 teaspoon salt or to taste
2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese (bottled)
1 1/2 lbs baby potatoes, rinsed and drained

Preheat oven to 400F.

Melt the butter in a microwave for about 30 seconds. Add the garlic, chives, black peppper, salt and 1 tablespoon of Parmesan cheese into the heated and melted butter, stir to mix well.

Toss the potatoes with the garlic chive butter. Stir to coat well and transfer them to an oven safe baking dish or skillet (cast-iron preferred). Cover the potatoes with aluminum foil and roast for 30 minutes.

Remove from heat, toss the potatoes well with the garlic chive butter at the bottom of the baking dish or skillet. Sprinkle the remaining 1 tablespoon of Parmesan cheese evenly on top of the potatoes and serve immediately.

Garlic Herb Roasted Potatoes

1 1/2 pounds baby (small) or fingerling potatoes
1/4 cup olive oil
2 tablespoons melted butter
2 heads garlic, top trimmed
1/2 tablespoon chopped parsley leaves
1/2 lemon, cut into wedges
5-6 sprigs thymes
Scant 1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon cracked black pepper

Preheat oven to 350F. Cut slits on the potatoes, do not cut through (like mini Hasselback potatoes). Place the potatoes in a roasting pan and brush with the olive oil and melted butter. Add the garlic, parsley, lemon and thyme in the pan, in between the potatoes. Sprinkle with salt and black pepper.

Roast the potatoes for 1 hour, basting the oil mixture at 30 minute interval. Serve immediately after roasting.

Garlic Parmesan Crash Potatoes

Water, for boiling
1 teaspoon salt
2 lbs baby potatoes
3/4 stick (6 tablespoons) unsalted butter, melted
3/4 teaspoon salt
5 cloves garlic, minced
2 tablespoons chopped parsley (Italian parsley preferred)
1/3 cup shredded Parmesan cheese

Preheat the oven to 400F.

Bring a pot of water to boil. Add the salt. Boil the baby potatoes for 10 minutes. Drain and set aside.

n a bowl, combine the butter, salt, garlic and chopped parsley together. Stir to mix well. Arrange the potatoes on a baking sheet. Using the bottom of a small sauce pan or a flat bottom cup, flatten each potato. Brush the garlic butter mixture generously on top of each potato, then top with the Parmesan cheese.

Bake for 20 minutes or until the edges of the potatoes turn crispy and golden brown in color. Remove from heat and serve immediately.