These quick and easy sweet potato bites are going to be your new favorite dish to pass. This recipe comes together in a snap and can be made with virtually any ingredients you have on hand, so it’s the perfect appetizer when you’re in a hurry. Whether you’re in the mood for sweet or savory, I’ve got you covered with two ways to dress this recipe up!
What I Love About this Recipe
Ahh, picture it now… You’re about to head out the door for a party and you realize you didn’t prep a dish to pass. Eek! Chips & salsa or a veggie tray from the store, anyone? We can do better. These little sweet potato rounds are a super easy, nutritious recipe that can be ready in 30 minutes. Plus, they’re totally customizable with whatever toppings you have in your fridge or pantry.
Crostinis are one of my favorite appetizers. (If you’ve never had one, crostinis are just toasty little bites of a baguette topped with something mouthwatering like creamy brie or juicy tomatoes. Yum.)
This recipe is my play on a crostini… with a nutritious twist. I swapped the bread for sweet potato. Let’s get one thing straight, I have no issue with bread, but sometimes you just need to switch it up! If you’re sensitive to wheat, following a gluten-free or grain-free diet, or trying to squeeze more nutrients into your day – swapping sweet potato for bread can be a smart choice.
Did I just make mini-sweet potato toasts? Maybe.
Bread vs Potatoes
Wondering how the nutrients compare in one serving of sweet potato versus one serving of French bread? (If you’re a nutrition nerd like me, you might be.)
- French bread – serving size: 1 regular slice (64g), 174 calories, 33g carbs, 6.9g protein, 1.5g fat, 1.5g fiber, 0% vitamin A, 0% vitamin C, 3.3% calcium, 75mg potassium, 385mg sodium
- Sweet potato – serving size: 1 medium potato (150g), 116 calories, 30g carbs, 2.3g protein, 0.1g fat, 3.8g fiber, 475% vitamin A, 32% vitamin C, 4.1% calcium, 347mg potassium, 41mg sodium
Did you notice something? While a serving of bread and a serving of potato have about the same amount of carbs, the sweet potato has more fiber, vitamins, and minerals! This is another reason this sweet potato appetizer is so lovely – it’s nutritious but in a sneaky way…
Looking for More Sweet Potato Recipes? Here are my faves:
How to Make Sweet Potato Bites
- First, slice sweet potatoes into 1/4 inch rounds, then spread in a single layer on a baking sheet. Bake the sweet potatoes at 400F for 20 minutes, flipping halfway through.
- Prepare your toppings. (Mashed avocado and sliced tomato for the savory version, or goat cheese, pears, and honey for the savory version)
- Top your sweet potato rounds and serve immediately!
The Savory Version
You really can’t go wrong with tomato and avocado. These ingredients make a great topping for tacos, sandwiches, and nachos… so why wouldn’t they make a good topping for toasted sweet potato rounds?
I used mashed avocado because it sticks to the sweet potato rounds much better than sliced avocado. If you find that plain avocado is too basic, mix in some spices, lime, or fresh herbs like cilantro.
Despite being tiny and usually served whole, I think sliced cherry tomatoes work best here. They hold together nicely and look so cute!
The Sweet Version
The saltiness and creaminess of goat cheese make it a perfect partner for lightly sweet flavors like sweet potato and pear. I love goat cheese crumbled on salads with dried fruit. In this dish, I paired goat cheese with pear and a bit of honey to tie things together.
FYI – The honey gets messy when it sits out too long, so add the honey drizzle immediately before serving.
- Make it vegan – Opt for the savory version or swap the goat cheese for soft vegan cheese and substitute the honey for a very small drizzle of maple syrup.
- Make the potatoes crispier – Bake them on a wire rack with a baking pan underneath.
- Make it with different fruit – If you’re not a fan of pears, berries, thinly sliced apples or figs would taste great.
- Make it with another flavor combination – Brie + blackberry, tomato + mozzarella, toasted cheddar + apple, avocado + jalapeño… the combinations are endless! Any spread with a topping will work great!
Hope you love this recipe! I’m dying to know what flavor combos you try…
Sweet Potato Bites Two Ways
- baking sheet
- 2 medium sweet potatoes sliced into 1/4 inch rounds
- 2 tsp olive oil
- 1 medium pear thinly sliced
- 4 oz goat cheese log or wedge
- 1 tbsp honey
- 1 medium avocado mashed
- 6 cherry tomatoes sliced
- 1/2 tsp salt
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees F
- Arrange rounds in single layer on large baking sheet, drizzle with olive oil. Roast for 10 minutes, flip, and roast for another 10 minutes.
- Assemble each version and serve immediately.
- Top half of sweet potato rounds with a spoonful of goat cheese, pear slices, and a drizzle of honey.
- Top the other half of the sweet potato rounds with a spoonful of mashed avocado, tomato slices, and salt to taste.
- 1 serving = 2 rounds (1 sweet, 1 savory)
- This recipe won’t keep well as leftovers, so eat within 4 hours of serving