Proof That Sweet Potato Recipes Are A Thanksgiving Necessity (2024)

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Sweet potatoes, though welcome on the table any time of year, are a must come Thanksgiving. You might think they seem a bit redundant sitting next to the mashed potatoes, but trust us, they are an essential side dish. Sweet potatoes bring a little taste of dessert to the dinner table -- because, well, they're so naturally sweet. And often topped with a layer of even sweeter marshmallows. Or candied pecans. Or they're just straight up candied themselves. There are so many different ways to serve this orange root that make them earn their spot on the Thanksgiving table.

While we love them in all the traditional ways mentioned above, it's never a bad idea to see what else sweet potatoes can bring to the Thanksgiving spread. We put together a collection of recipes to help you do that -- with a few traditional ones mixed in as well.

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How Sweet It Is

Bourbon Bacon Whipped Sweet Potatoes With Brown Butter And Crispy Sage

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Half Baked Harvest

Lighter Sweet Potato Casserole With Maple Toasted Marshmallow

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Cinnamon Sugar Hasselback Sweet Potatoes With Oatmeal Cookie Crumble

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Loaded Sweet Potatoes

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Pinch of Yum

Sweet Potato Casserole With Pecan Crumble

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Sweet Potato Casserole

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How Sweet It Is

Apple Bacon Stuffed Sweet Potatoes

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Half Baked Harvest

Crispy Roasted Sweet Potatoes With Bourbon Maple Butter

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Savory Sweet Potato Casserole

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Half Baked Harvest

Curried Sweet Potato Rounds With Honeyed Walnuts, Cranberries And Blue Cheese

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Sweet Potato-Cranberry Crisp

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Half Baked Harvest

Sweet Potato Tater Tots

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Tandoori Butter Sweet Potato Fries

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Roasted Grape And Goat Cheese And Honey Stuffed Sweet Potatoes

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The Beeroness

Sweet Potato Beer Biscuits With Maple Sage Butter

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Half Baked Harvest

Maple Cream Sweet Potato Soup With Cheddar Cinnamon Sugar Twist

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Simple Salty Sweet Potato Skin Chips

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Bourbon Sweet Potato Casserole With Sweet ‘N Savory Bacon Pecans

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Foodie Crush

Maple Buttered Sweet Potato Wedges

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Sweet Potato Crescent Rolls

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Pommes Dauphinoise (Potatoes Au Gratin)

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Cauliflower & Broccoli Gratin

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Turnip Gratin Recipe

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Sweet Potato And Kale Gratin

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Onion Potato Gratin

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Pan-Roasted Brussels Sprout Gratin

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Chard Gratin

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Greens And Grains Gratin

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Potato Gratin With Green Chile

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Zucchini Gratin

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Spinach Gratin

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White Bean Gratin

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Crab And Gnocchi Gratin

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A Spicy Perspective

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Gratin Of Asparagus With Cheese Béchamel

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Potato And Bell Pepper Gratin With Pepper Jack Cheese

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Celery And Fennel Gratin

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Ham And Potato Gratin

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Root Cellar Gratin

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Tomato Fennel Gratin

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Bacon And Mushroom Potato Gratin

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FAQs

Why do we eat sweet potatoes for Thanksgiving? ›

The exact origin of the tradition of including sweet potatoes on the Thanksgiving dinner menu remains uncertain. However, much credit is given to writer, activist, and an influential editor Sarah Josepha Hale who was a staunch advocate for the creation of Thanksgiving as a national holiday.

How did sweet potatoes become a Thanksgiving food? ›

From Europe, the potatoes were brought over to America where they found a happy home in the humid South. Southerners adopted the flourishing sweet potato as a replacement for pumpkin in pies and seasonal side dishes.

Why were sweet potatoes not included in the first Thanksgiving? ›

Sadly, likely no pie was served at the first Thanksgiving either, as the Pilgrims did not have much sugar or other components needed to make a pie. Sweet potatoes were also not at the feast, as there were no sweet potatoes in America at that time.

What is the history of eating potatoes at Thanksgiving? ›

Sir Walter Raleigh introduced potatoes to Ireland in 1589 & the potato has been linked to Irish history ever since. Mashed potatoes, the most common way to enjoy potatoes at Thanksgiving, became an American staple in the 1700s. As far back as 1747, Americans were mashing up potatoes with butter, milk, salt, & cream.

What is the most popular food on Thanksgiving? ›

America's different regions can favor different local cuisines, and Thanksgiving dinner provides no exception. While turkey is the top selection in every region, side-dish challenger mashed potatoes are tied for first place in the Midwest (both winning 85% of matchups) and West (both winning 79%).

What is the special purpose of sweet potato? ›

Just one sweet potato gives you 102% of the vitamin A you need each day. This helps keep your eyes healthy as well as your immune system, your body's defense against germs. It's also good for your reproductive system and organs like your heart and kidneys.

What food was really at the first Thanksgiving? ›

So, to the question “What did the Pilgrims eat for Thanksgiving,” the answer is both surprising and expected. Turkey (probably), venison, seafood, and all of the vegetables that they had planted and harvested that year—onions, carrots, beans, spinach, lettuce, and other greens.

What were the first 3 foods eaten on Thanksgiving? ›

But according to the two only remaining historical records of the first Thanksgiving menu, that meal consisted of freshly killed deer, assorted wildfowl, cod, bass, and flint, and a native variety of corn harvested by the Native Americans, which was eaten as corn bread and porridge.

What did they eat at the first Thanksgiving instead of turkey? ›

So while our Thanksgiving dinner table has a big ol' turkey plated in the center, the first Thanksgiving table was likely filled with ducks, geese, eels, lobster, and venison. Maybe there was a turkey, but it was either missing or too dry for anyone to literally write home about it.

Which two foods had not been invented during the first Thanksgiving? ›

White potatoes, originating in South America, and sweet potatoes, from the Caribbean, had yet to infiltrate North America. Also, there would have been no cranberry sauce. It would be another 50 years before an Englishman wrote about boiling cranberries and sugar into a “Sauce to eat with. . . .

Which president refused to celebrate Thanksgiving as a national holiday? ›

While Thanksgiving technically isn't a religious holiday, the “giving thanks” part of it struck Jefferson as being far too religious for his tastes. As our nation's third president, he stirred controversy by refusing to recognize Thanksgiving.

What was missing from the first Thanksgiving dinner? ›

Turkey was not on the menu.

Instead, it is believed the pilgrims feasted on things such as lobster, rabbit, chicken, fish, squash, beans, chestnuts, hickory nuts, onions, leeks, dried fruits, maple syrup and honey, radishes, cabbage, carrots, eggs, and goat cheese.

Did the Pilgrims eat sweet potatoes? ›

Potatoes—white or sweet—would not have been featured on the 1621 table, and neither would sweet corn.

What is a traditional Thanksgiving dinner? ›

Traditional Thanksgiving dinner includes Roast turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy, cranberry sauce, stuffing (or “dressing”), and some kind of pie for dessert, typically pumpkin, apple, or pecan. Common sides are green bean casserole, scalloped corn, and roasted sweet potatoes.

Why was there no pumpkin pie or potatoes at the first Thanksgiving? ›

Well, Thanksgiving bummer among bummers ... no pumpkin pie. Certainly, they ate pumpkin in some way — probably roasted and mashed or cubed and added to a stew, but with no wheat (flour) and little to no butter available, there was no crust. And sugar was a precious and rare commodity at the time.

Why do Americans eat sweet potato and marshmallow? ›

Sweet potato casserole was first promoted by a marshmallow company. Although it might seem strange to eat a dessert-like side dish alongside savory food, such sweet dishes have been common in American cooking since way back, according to Kitchn.

What is the history of marshmallows in sweet potatoes? ›

Most people point to a 1917 pamphlet by the Angelus Marshmallow Company as the first time sweet potatoes and marshmallows came together. This company is believed to be the first to commercially-produce and sell the squishy white marshmallows we know, roast, and snack on today.

Why do African Americans eat sweet potato pie? ›

After emancipation, when African American cooks gained more access to their own equipment and refined ingredients, they continued the tradition of baking with yams and sweet potatoes — especially the pie. These deep roots became the foundation of a strong tradition in African American food culture.

What is the history of the sweet potato? ›

Sweet potato has been radiocarbon-dated in the Cook Islands to 1210–1400 CE. A common hypothesis is that a vine cutting was brought to central Polynesia by Polynesians who had traveled to South America and back, and spread from there across Polynesia to Easter Island, Hawaii and New Zealand.

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