Sweet potatoes are a wonderful resource for chefs and restaurants; not only are these tubers delicious and healthful, they are widely available year round. There are many clever and contemporary ways to integrate sweet potatoes into your menu, while also creating some distinctive dishes that pay homage to the sweet taste and tender flesh of this potato variety.

Three tactics to incorporate more sweet potatoes into your restaurant dishes include:

Whenever your recipe or menu calls for potatoes, consider substituting with sweet potatoes. The flesh is tender, and the tuber holds up well to baking, frying, and mashing. Try a salty-sweet taste profile by pairing sweet potatoes with bacon or salty cheese, like parmesan. Sweet potatoes work well in both sweet and savory recipes.

Try alternating sweet potatoes and other, more expected, starches in your menus. For instance, if you traditionally serve mashed potatoes with a steak, try serving with mashed sweet potatoes intermittently. Your diners and patrons will tell you which they prefer- and what they want to eat!

Think outside the box when it comes to adding sweet potatoes to your menu- don’t restrict yourself to frying or mashing these tubers. Try something creative, like a savory sweet potato pudding, or serve a dessert of sweet potato gnocchi, drizzled in warmed maple syrup. Come up with unexpected ways to take full advantage of the versatility, smooth texture, and flavor profile of sweet potatoes.

Try incorporating sweet potatoes into more of your restaurant dishes and menus. These delicious tubers are healthful, providing vitamins, fiber, and antioxidants that will give your dishes a healthful punch! Try substituting, alternating, and innovating to get your diners and clients to eat more wonderfully-versatile sweet potatoes.

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