By Vanessa Greaves

There's nothing in the Thanksgiving rule book that says sweet potatoes have to be smothered under a blanket of sticky sweet marshmallows. So, let's break tradition and bring these no-marshmallow sweet potatoes to the table instead. Some play up the sweet in sweet potatoes, while others go to the savory side. Either way, your marshmallow-phobic friends will thank you.

Sweet Potatoes from the No-Marshmallow Zone

1. Maple Glazed Sweet Potatoes with Bacon and Caramelized Onions

Smoky bacon and caramelized onions play well with sweet potatoes in this savory dish. Try peeling and slicing the sweet potatoes as shown instead of serving them in the usual chunks. So pretty!

Photo by Meredith

2. Twice Baked Sweet Potatoes with Ricotta Cheese

Individual sweet potato boats have a certain rustic charm to them that aligns beautifully with Thanksgiving's earthy vibe. But if you want to dress them up a bit, top them with a little extra ricotta cheese or chopped sage.

Photo by Allrecipes Magazine

3. Grilled Chipotle Sweet Potatoes

Going to grill your turkey this year? Here's the perfect side dish for your flamed-up feast. You can fiddle with the amount of spicy seasoning to suit your taste.

Photo by Molly

4. Oven Roasted Sweet Potatoes

Rock_lobster reminds us to cut the onions into wedges so they can stand up to the high oven heat without shrinking into nothingness. Read her whole review to get all her tips, plus a sweet potato haiku.

Photo by Rock_lobster

5. Sweet Potato Oranges

Here's a clever serving idea: Fill orange halves with mashed sweet potatoes to make individual cups. Go a step further and press pecan halves into the filling before the oranges go into the oven. You should read MONKAREE's smart tips for how to scoop out the oranges.

Photo by LynnInHK

6. Smushed Apples and Sweet Potatoes

Two iconic fall flavors come together to make this comforting mashed potato side dish. Just a note about the sugar: A tart apple like a Granny Smith might need the full 1/4 cup called for in the recipe, but if you use a sweeter apple, you could dial back the sugar. Here's how to choose the right apple for your recipe.

Photo by larkspur

7. Curried Sweet Potato Latkes

If you're all about radical reinvention of Thanksgiving side dishes, give these latkes a go. For a less spicy version, try Kerry's Sweet Potato Latkes.

Photo by Christina

8. Sweet Potatoes with Brandy and Raisins

Raisins go for a boozy brandy soak, then get baked up with brown sugar and sweet potatoes. mauigirl suggests using dried cranberries instead of raisins, which sounds pretty amazing. What do you think?

Photo by mauigirl

9. Baked Autumn Veggighetti

Break out the spiralizer to make this healthy, gorgeous side dish. To save work on Thanksgiving, prep the vegetables the day before and store them overnight in a zip-top bag.

Photo by Francine Lizotte, Club Foody

10. Sweet Potato, Pear and Pineapple Bread Pudding

It's a side dish. It's a dessert. It's whatever you decide it should be. Serve it with Pineapple-Coconut Sauce if you want to win Thanksgiving forever.

Photo by Meredith

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