Many think Thanksgiving is about turkey. The whole meal seems to revolve around this tiny little bird that people rarely eat any other time of the year, usually turns out dry, and will turn into turkey sandwiches, turkey salad, turkey dog-food or wasted turkey in a matter of days.

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Yet, today I would like to present to you that Thanksgiving is about sweet potatoes. And before you stop reading, let me explain. How many Thanksgiving recipes have you noticed revolve around or call for sweet potatoes? They’re in everything! Desserts, side dishes, main dishes. I even saw one recipe where they cooked the sweet potatoes with the turkey (They may have been taking it a little too far). But, needless to say, sweet potato recipes are everywhere!

And we thought we’d join the fun. Here are five types of recipes that prove Thanksgiving is about more than turkey.

1) Appetizers!

While looking up ideas for the perfect Thanksgiving Day menu, I came across several sweet potato appetizer recipes. Two that really stuck out were Sweet Potato Squares and Sweet Potato Salad.

Sweet Potato Squares


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I already know that not everyone will love these because they call for a lemon-garlic mayonnaise dressing, but they look fantastic! Cut into little tiny squares, these sweet potatoes are then put on skewers, along with the sausage of your choice, and drizzled with a lemon-garlic sauce. They stand out and make a quick, easy-to-grab appetizer for hungry guests. They can be served warm or at room temperature.

Sweet Potato Salad

I love this! Healthy and tasty, adding sweet potatoes to a traditional salad gives it an attractive layer of color, a sweet, hardy taste, and makes it more filling. You could add another twist to the traditional salad by adding ham and almonds or roasted okra. Definitely worth a try!

2) Breakfast Foods!

Yep. Not even breakfast is safe from sweet potatoes on Thanksgiving. You can make sweet potato biscuits, sweet potato pancakes. I even know someone who fries sweet potatoes in eggs. You can even use leftover sweet potato casserole for breakfast!

3) Sweet Sides

So many sweet potato sides! Sweet potato casserole, tarts, mashed sweet potatoes, twice-baked sweet potatoes, roasted sweet potatoes, sweet potato fries, sweet potato soufflé, and the list goes on. Really the possibilities are endless. But, for the purposes of this post, I would like to give you the ingredients for a sweet potato casserole and mashed sweet potatoes.

Sweet Potato Casserole

Calling for butter, brown sugar, milk, eggs, pecans, cornflakes, and, of course, sweet potatoes, this sweet potato casserole has a sweet, crunchy taste. The added pecans and cornflakes make it filling while increasing the variety of flavors.

Mashed Sweet Potatoes

Mashed Sweet Potatoes

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Calling for sweet potatoes (peeled and chopped), salt, butter, nutmeg, orange zest, and orange juice, this dish is extremely sweet. It has the consistency of creamy mashed potatoes and should be seasoned to taste.

4) Main Dishes

The most popular main dish featuring sweet potatoes is sweet potato soup.

Bacon-Sweet Potato Soup

This recipe includes bacon, onions, salt, pepper, sweet potatoes, and chicken broth. It has a smooth consistency and is full of flavor.

Chunky Sweet Potato Soup


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Calling for olive oil, onions, peppers, garlic, cumin, paprika, cinnamon, salt and pepper, vegetable broth, sweet potatoes, tomatoes, black beans, and more, this recipe is ideal for vegans and vegetarians. It is delicious, filling, and healthy!

5) Fantastic Dessert

You can make more than just sweet potato pie! You can make sweet potato cupcakes. This delicious dessert is a wonderful blend of cake mix, pureed sweet potatoes, nutmeg, cinnamon, and more. Their marshmallow frosting is what makes them though. Calling for marshmallows, sugar, vanilla, and pecans, it adds a creamy, crunchy texture to your cupcakes.

Have we convinced you yet? Thanksgiving revolves around more than just turkey. Sweet potatoes are an essential part of the holiday. Whether you’re hosting a brunch, lunch, or dinner, consider these sweet potato recipes. And let us know which one you like best in the comments below.

These recipes can be used for more than just Thanksgiving. Consider adding them to your fall menu. They can increase revenue as a “fall special” and satisfy customers.

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