Cherry wood smoked sweet potatoes and hickory syrup. (Mark Gail/THE WASHINGTON POST)

Crushed Sweet Potatoes With Roasted Garlic and Ginger. A little olive oil goes a long way toward making these sweet potatoes rich and creamy.

Eastern Shore Bourbon Mashers. Bacon, bourbon and a little nutmeg combine for a unique flavor.

Peanut Crunch Sweet Potatoes. Nuts and marshmallows top off fluffy potatoes.

Rosemary-Roasted Sweet Potatoes. A savory option for those looking to avoid the candied approach.

Sweet Potato and Grits Spoonbread. Country-style grits add a nice texture.

Sweet Potato Butter Spread. A great addition to simple rolls, this can be made several days ahead of time, and is a great addition to simple rolls.

Sweet Potato Latkes. Great for Hanukkah as well as a Thanksgiving meal.

Vanilla Sweet Potato Puree. Another good make-ahead option, this time with a subtle vanilla flavor.

Sweet Potato Rolls. The sweet potato in these rich, soft rolls gives them a beautiful saffron color perfect for the Thanksgiving table.

Smoked Sweet Potato Mash With Hickory Syrup Hickory syrup is the secret ingredient here, replacing the more traditional maple syrup.

More Thanksgiving recipes:

Thanksgiving leftover ideas, by ingredient

Turkey: recipes for roasting, smoking and glazing

Mashed potatoes: easy Thanksgiving recipes

Green beans: Casseroles and other recipes

Holiday Guide 2011