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  • 10 Quick and Easy Super Bowl Potato Recipes

    Expand your game day spread beyond chips and salsa with these easy Super Bowl potato recipes!
    Are you planning a Super Bowl party? Whether you’re a Seattle or a Denver fan, you don’t want to spend game day in the kitchen. You can create these quick and easy Super Bowl potato recipes in a flash, so you can get down to what’s important this Sunday: FOOTBALL.

    Not only does adding potatoes to your Super Bowl party spread make it simple and tasty, but you can also sneak some healthier fare into the mix without giving up flavor. Potatoes are filling, and one medium potato clocks in at only 110 calories. That’s fewer calories than a serving of corn chips!

    Quick, easy and healthy? That’s a trophy-worthy combination!

    These recipes use the oven and the microwave to cook up snacks in a hurry. Some of these recipes have baking times of around 30 minutes, but the beauty of baking instead of frying is that you can enjoy the game while your food is getting hot in the oven.


    1. Sweet Potato Bites

    These miniature loaded sweet potatoes are a healthy finger food that’s easy to make with our Express Bake Sweet PotatOH.


    Festive Papas Tapas

    2. Festive Papas Tapas

    Sliced baked potatoes take the place of white bread for a healthier take on this popular Spanish finger food.

    Potato Dippers with Sauces

    3. Grilled Potato Dippers with a Trio of Sauces

    If it’s a little chilly for grilling where you are, you can pan fry or roast your potato wedges instead.

    Baked Potato Nachos

    4. Baked Potato Nachos

    Healthy baked potatoes replace the deep fried corn chips in this nacho recipe.

    Cheesy Potato Skins

    5. Cheesy Potato Skins

    A baked version of the ultimate bar food is sure to be a hit on Super Bowl Sunday!

    Potato and Vegetable Stack

    6. Potato and Vegetable Stacks

    Sneak some extra veggies into your Super Bowl spread with this easy microwave recipe.

    Parmesan Panko Potato Balls

    7. Panko Parmesan Potato Balls

    Panko is a crispy breading that’s pretty widely available, but if you can’t find it at your grocery store, Italian bread crumbs will do the trick.

    Chili Lime Chicken Potato Tacos

    8. Chili Lime Chicken Potato Tacos

    Turn your spread of finger foods into a proper meal with these easy, filling tacos.

    Potatoes Florentine (Thumb)

    9. Potatoes Florentine

    This is a more sophisticated spin on your usual baked potato skins.


    10. Cheesy Corn Potatoes

    Probably the simplest recipe on this list, these potato skins only take 10 minutes to make, thanks to the microwave.


  • Potatoes and Broccoli in Perfect Peanut Sauce

    Potatoes and Peanut Sauce

    Potatoes and nuts work together to make a filling dish that’s packed with vitamins and nutrients. Our take on nuts and potatoes is a Thai-inspired dish with peanut sauce that comes together quickly in the blender but tastes like it came straight from a professional kitchen.


    • 2 heads broccoli, broken into florets (about 4 cups)
    • salt and pepper, to taste
    • 1 tray PotatOH Petit Chardonnay Steamer Potatoes
    • 1 batch Perfect Peanut Sauce (recipe below)
    • 1/4 cup peanuts or cashews, chopped (optional)


    1. 1) Preheat the oven to 350F. Afterward, season the broccoli with a little salt and pepper and wrap it in a foil packet (see directions here), and bake for 45 minutes.
    2. Broccoli in Foil

    3. 2) Once the broccoli is in the oven, cook your PotatOH Petit Chardonnay Potatoes according to the package directions. When they’re cool enough to handle, chop them into bite-sized pieces.
    4. 3) While the potatoes cook and cool, make your Perfect Peanut Sauce (recipe below).
    5. Peanut Sauce

    6. 4) Divide the broccoli between your plates, top the broccoli with the potatoes, and spoon peanut sauce onto each dish. Top with 1 tablespoon of peanut pieces and serve.
    7. Potatoes and Peanut Sauce

    Perfect Peanut Sauce Recipe


    • 1 2″ piece of fresh ginger, chopped
    • 2 cloves of garlic
    • 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
    • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
    • juice of 1/2 a fresh lemon
    • 1-2 teaspoons Sriracha hot sauce, to taste
    • 1/2 cup water


    Put all of the ingredients into your blender or food processor, and puree until smooth. Add additional water by the tablespoon if the sauce is too thick. The finished sauce should almost have the consistency of chocolate mousse.

    Nutrition (for 1 serving of potatoes, broccoli, and sauce):

    Serves 4

    • 407 calories
    • 54g carbs
    • 16g fat
    • 18g protein
    • 461mg sodium


  • Potatoes and Nuts: A Satisfying and Healthy Combination

    Sweet Potato and Kale Salad with Fresh Pineapple

    A serving of healthy nuts makes your food more satisfying and helps you stay full longer.

    Nuts don’t always get the credit they deserve when it comes to healthy food, because they’re high in fat, but studies show that in moderation nuts don’t impact weight loss goals. In fact, they’re a great option for making your food more delicious and adding a dose of disease-fighting nutrients to your dishes.

    Healthy nuts contribute to satiety, meaning that the healthy fats and fiber help you feel full. Combine nuts with satisfying potatoes, and you’ve got a satisfying meal that’s in line with your health goals. Studies show that potatoes also help stave off hunger better than other common side dishes. Potatoes and nuts can be part of a healthy weight loss program.

    Need some help including healthy nuts and potatoes in your cooking? Try some of these recipes!

    10 Nutty Potato Recipes

    Vegan Quinoa Salad

    1. Quinoa Salad with Sweet Potatoes and Pine Nuts

    Pine nuts are rich and satisfying. They also provide 120 percent of your daily value of manganese, a mineral that helps support brain function. Image credit: The Perfect Pantry.


    African Sweet Potato and Peanut Soup
    2. Sweet Potato and Peanut Soup

    This is a perfect hearty soup for a cold day, and the moderate portion of healthy nuts protects you from heart disease without causing weight gain. Image credit: All Recipes.


    Sweet Potato Kale
    3. Kale and Sweet Potato Salad with Walnuts

    Combine filling sweet potatoes, healthy nuts, and plenty of good-for-you kale in a light and delicious dish. Healthy nuts like walnuts make this salad filling while helping to reduce blood cholesterol.


    Chicken with Peanut Sauce and Sweet Potatoes
    4. Chicken with Peanut Sauce and Sweet Potatoes

    This is a filling dish packed with protein and healthy nuts. We talked about the benefits of peanuts above, and the peanut sauce in this dish delivers a moderate serving of peanuts on every plate. Image credit: Clean Eating.


    New Potatoes with Spinach and Pine Nuts
    5. New Potatoes with Spinach and Pine Nuts

    This recipe only contains a small amount of pine nuts. You could double the healthy nuts in this recipe for even more healthy benefit and still only have a moderate amount of nuts on your plate. Image credit: Epi-Ventures.


    Grilled Pesto Potato Salad
    6. Grilled Pesto Potato Salad

    Toss some extra pine nuts into this side dish, if you like, or serve it as-is. Best of all, you can save time by using your microwave instead of conventional oven, which makes for a quick, easy and flavorful meal.


    Hazelnut Gnocchi with Sage Glaze
    7. Hazelnut Gnocchi with Sage Glaze

    Gnocchi is a potato-based pasta that makes a filling side dish or main course. This version uses ground hazelnuts for a protein boost. Hazelnuts provide 3-4 grams of fiber per serving and 20 percent of your Vitamin K for the day. Image credit: My Recipes.


    Sweet Potato and Cashew Korma over Coconut Rice
    8. Sweet Potato and Cashew Korma

    This vegetarian Indian dish is perfect for a cold evening. A serving of cashews contains trace minerals like copper, phosphorus, manganese, magnesium and zinc. Image credit: My Recipes.


    Pine Nut and Glazed Onion Mashed Potatoes
    9. Pine Nut and Glazed Onion Mashed Potatoes

    This non-dairy mashed potato recipe actually contains two kinds of healthy nuts: pine nuts and cashews. Instead of cream and butter, pureed raw cashews make these mashed potatoes rich and creamy. Image credit: Vedged Out.


  • 10 Vegan Potato Recipes for the New Year

    Have you resolved to eat more meatless meals this year? We’ve got some healthy vegan recipes to keep you on track starring our favorite veggie: the potato!

    More and more people are eating vegan or vegetarian meals in an effort to stay healthy, but if you’re not used to eating this way it can seem difficult and less than exciting. The trick to making plant-based food delicious is finding vegan recipes that are filling and easy to make without sacrificing healthiness.

    A whole food vegan or vegetarian diet can be a lot healthier than the Standard American Diet, because you’re skipping the saturated animal fats in favor of healthy fruits and vegetables. And potatoes are a great way to make a vegetarian or vegan dish filling without sacrificing any of the health benefits! One filling, medium potato with the skin on has:

    • only 110 calories
    • 0g fat, saturated fat, and trans fat
    • zero cholesterol and no sodium
    • 4g of protein
    • 8% of your daily fiber, which may help control body weight

    Not too shabby for one little spud! On top of all that, potatoes are just plain delicious.

    Beyond Vegan Recipes: Kitchen Essentials

    You probably have most of the tools and ingredients that you need for these vegan recipes right in your kitchen. We want to set you up for success, so here’s a checklist of some food items and cooking tools that are handy for making vegan recipes:

    • Non-dairy milk – We recommend plain soy or almond milk, because both work well in place of dairy in any recipe that calls for cow’s milk.
    • Nutritional yeast – This is different from the yeast you use to make bread rise. Nutritional yeast is available online or in the bulk bin at health food stores, and it gives food a mellow, cheesy flavor.
    • Vegan margarine or coconut oil – Smart Balance Light and Earth Balance are good options for vegan margarines. If you’re using coconut oil, choose the refined sort, because it doesn’t have a coconut flavor
    • Flax meal – Ground flax seeds are a great source of omega 3s and work as a binder in place of eggs for baked goods and patties. 1 tablespoon flax + 1/4 cup water = 1 “egg”
    • Raw cashews – Raw cashews are the secret to creamy vegan sauces. You’ll want to soak them for 4-6 hours, then drain before blending to get the smoothest puree.
    • Blender or food processor – Sauces and soups come together quickly in the blender.
    • Crock pot – Set it and forget it for easy vegan recipes.
    • Rice cooker – This is optional, but you can use a rice cooker for cooking rice and other whole grains (like quinoa or barley). Unlike on the stove top, a rice cooker yields the perfect cooked grain every time.

    10 Healthy Vegan Recipes for the New Year

    Got your supplies in order? Here are 10 vegan recipes to get you started.

    Perfect Mashed Potatoes
    Perfect Mashed Potatoes

    Mashed potatoes are a great side dish to turn any vegan meal into comfort food. Image credit: Glue and Glitter.


    Spicy Vegan Potato Curry
    Spicy Vegan Potato Curry

    Curry’s deep flavors dominate this dish, so you’ll never miss the meat. Image credit: AllRecipes.


    Potato Croquettes
    Potato Croquettes

    This recipe calls for a specific brand of corn flakes, but you can use any corn flakes you want to fit your budget. Image credit: Attune Foods.


    Creamy Vegan Scallopped Potatoes
    Creamy Vegan Scalloped Potatoes

    Another filling side dish, you can use any light-tasting oil like safflower in place of grapeseed, but the soaked raw cashews are one place where you should not skimp. Image credit: Edible Perspective.


    Vegan Shepherd Pie
    Vegan Shepherd’s Pie

    This one-dish meal is easy to make and kid-friendly too. Image credit: The Kind Life.


    Vegan Whipped Sweet Potatoes
    Vegan Whipped Coconut Sweet Potatoes

    A sweet alternative to more traditional mashed potatoes. Weelicious.


    Vegan Sweet Potato Soup
    Vegan Sweet Potato and Lentil Soup

    You can serve this with crusty bread and make it a meal. Image credit: Eat Yourself Skinny.


    African Peanut Sweet Potato Stew
    African Peanut and Sweet Potato Stew

    This is another hearty one-pot meal. Image credit: African Peanut Sweet Potato Stew.


    Black Bean Sweet Potato Stew
    Slow Cooker Black Bean and Sweet Potato Stew

    Black beans and sweets work together to make a satisfying stew that’s packed with plant-based protein.


    Chocolate Sweet Potato Spice Cake
    Chocolate Sweet Potato Spice Cake

    Even a healthy diet can include the occasional indulgence. Sweet potatoes make this vegan cake recipe moist and rich. Image Credit: One Green Planet.


  • Easy Fingerling Potatoes with Garlic-Rosemary Butter

    Fingerling Potatoes with Garlic-Rosemary Butter

    Fingerling potatoes with herbed butter make any meal feel special, and no one needs to know how easy this recipe was to make!

    On busy evenings, you don’t want to have to sacrifice taste for convenience, and this easy fingerling potatoes recipe is just the dish to round out your supper without adding much cooking time. The best part? Since this dish cooks in the microwave, you can serve your potatoes in the same bowl that you used to melt the butter, which means less cleanup!

    Herbed butter might sound like it’s difficult to make, but with the help of your microwave it comes together in seconds. Adding herbs also means that you can get more flavor with less fat!

    Need some simple recipe ideas to serve as the main course with these fingerling potatoes? Try one of these:

    The recipe below calls for rosemary, but you can substitute any herbs that you like. Basil, sage, or thyme would all work well with your fingerling potatoes.

    Fingerling Potatoes with Garlic-Rosemary Butter

    Fingerling Potatoes with Garlic-Rosemary Butter Recipe

    Prep Time: 2 minutes;  Cook Time: 4-5 minutes; Yield: 4 servings

    Nutritional Information per Serving: 135 calories; 20 grams carbs, 6 grams fat, 4 grams protein



    1. Prepare your Express Bake PotatOH! Fingerlings Steamer according to package directions. Set aside.

    Fingerlings Package and Rosemary

    2. In a medium-sized, microwave-safe bowl, combine the butter, garlic powder, and rosemary. Microwave at 15 second intervals, stirring in between, until the butter is completely melted.

    Fingerlings with Rosemary in Bowl

    3. Put the cooked fingerlings into the bowl, toss well to coat, season with salt and pepper, and serve.

  • Arts and Crafts: Holiday Potato Stamps

    Potato Stamp Present

    While you’re cooking up holiday supper, do the kids get a little bit bored? Toss them a couple of potatoes, and keep them entertained with one of these arts and crafts projects!

    Potato stamps are a lot of fun for kids, and they can be educational, too. Until your little ones are old enough to wield a knife unattended, you’ll want to supervise the carving part of these projects (or just carve the stamps while they watch). To keep them engaged, talk to them about what shapes you might carve, so they still feel like they’re part of this portion of the arts and crafts.

    We’ve found a few fun ways that your kids can use homemade potato stamps in arts and crafts projects, and we’ve got a full tutorial for you, too!

    Arts and Crafts: Get Creative with Your Potatoes!

    Potato Stamp Cards

    1. Cards

    Once your stamps are carved, put your kiddos to work stamping holiday cards. Your friends and family will love receiving holiday greetings on these one-of-a-kind creations! Image Credit: The Joy of my Life.

    >>Get the tutorial.

    Potato Stamp Art

    2. Potato Art

    Let your kids make gifts for the people on their lists. You help them carve the stamp, provide a large piece of paper as their canvas, and let them create personal art pieces! Image Credit: Creative Jewish Mom.

    >>Get the tutorial.


    Potato Printed Pillow Cover

    3. Potato Fabric

    If you sew, you can let your kids make custom fabric with potato stamps, then turn it into pretty throw pillows for holiday gifts. This arts and crafts project calls for fabric paint, so make sure your children are wearing something that you don’t mind getting stained. Image Credit: Crafting a Green World.

    >>Get the tutorial.

    Potato Stamp Present

    4. Potato Stamp Gift Wrap

    Instead of buying pre-printed gift wrap, purchase a roll of kraft paper or a book of construction paper at the craft supply store, and let your kids stamp it with potatoes.


    • potato
    • paring knife
    • rag
    • old cardboard box, cut open and flattened
    • tempera paint
    • roll of kraft paper or book of construction paper (kraft paper is best for bigger gifts)


    Carved Potato< 1. Carve your potato stamp. You can try drawing your design on your potato, then carving, but most markers won’t write well on that wet spud. You’re best off sticking to a simple, geometric shape, like the plus sign that we used. Before you dip your potato into the paint for the first time, use your rag to dry it off as much as possible. The more excess water you get off of your stamp, the better it will pick up the paint.

    Potato Stamp Dip

    2. Pour the paint onto your cardboard, and dip the stamp into the paint. Show your kids how to blot the stamp. Too much paint won’t give you a good, clear imprint. Let them do some test stamps on scrap cardboard from the box to get a feel for how to stamp.

    Potato Stamp Paper

    3. To stamp with your potato, the best method we found is to place the potato onto the paper, gently press straight down, then carefully remove the stamp. It’s OK if your kids’ designs aren’t perfect. A smudge here and incomplete shape there are part of the charm!

    Potato Stamp Gift Wrap

    4. Let them go to town! The paper in the example has a repeating pattern, and theirs can be as organized or as random as they want. What’s important is that they have a lot of fun!

  • 8 Healthy Holiday Recipes with Potatoes

    Chicken and Potato Pot Pie

    Adding potatoes to the mix helps lighten up favorite holiday recipes without sacrificing any of the richness.

    Potatoes are a healthy addition to your holiday recipes. One potato with the skin on has just 110 calories and 45 percent of your daily requirements for vitamin C. Potatoes also do a good job of filling you up without filling you out, partly because skin-on potatoes provide eight percent of your daily recommended fiber.

    On top of their health benefits, potatoes are a great food to help reduce the cost of your holiday recipes. They’re one of the most inexpensive items in the produce aisle, so they help you stretch your holiday food budget a little bit further.

    Discover the creative side of potatoes with this mix of traditional and not-so-traditional holiday recipes!

    Warm Potato Salad with Ramps and Bacon

    1. Warm Potato Salad with Ramps and Bacon

    Ramps are wild onions. If you can’t find these at your grocery store, green onions work as a replacement. They give this dish a mild, oniony flavor. This salad makes a healthy side dish with roast chicken or pork. Image Source: MyRecipes.

    Nutritional Information for 1 serving: 170 calories, 8.7 grams of fat, 2.8 grams of fiber


    Fennel Potato Soup

    2. Fennel-Potato Soup with Smoked Salmon

    Salmon is a traditional Danish Christmas food. This light and healthy soup makes a hearty side dish or could even work as your main course if you allow for larger servings. Image Source: Epicurious.

    Nutritional Information for 1 side-dish serving: 145 calories, 5 grams of fat, 3 grams of fiber


    Chicken Potato Pot Pie

    3. Chicken and Potato Pot Pie

    Pot pie is an easy, inexpensive, one-dish meal to make holiday cooking a breeze. This holiday recipe is kid-friendly and even easier to make with the help of your microwave to cut down on cooking time.

    Nutritional Information for 1 serving: 487 calories, 19 grams of fat


    Carrot Parsnip Potato Coins

    4. Roasted Carrot, Parsnip, and Potato Coins

    Are you serving roast beef for Christmas dinner? This roasted root vegetable medley is the perfect side dish. Image Source: Epicurious.

    Nutritional Information for 1 serving: 218 calories, 12.5 grams of fat, 4.4 grams of fiber


    Mashed Potato Casserole

    5. Mashed Potato Casserole

    Your guests will never guess that this rich-tasting mashed potatoes are actually quite healthy. These rich mashed potatoes pair well with any main course you have planned. Image Source: MyRecipes.

    Nutritional Information for 1 serving: 243 calories, 6.5 grams of fat, 2.6 grams of fiber


    Fontina Potato Skins

    6. Fontina-Stuffed Potato Skins

    Keep the healthy skins on your potatoes by replacing traditional mashed potatoes with baked potato skins instead. This is another versatile side that works with any main dish. Image Source: MyRecipes.

    Nutritional Information for 1 serving: 142 calories, 5.4 grams of fat, 1.3 grams of fiber


    Christmas Eve Beef Stew

    7. Christmas Eve Beef Stew

    Stews cook up slowly, but the beauty of these one-pot meals is that you don’t have to stand in front of the stove the whole time. Image Credit: All Recipes.

    Nutritional Information for 1 serving: 474 calories, 14.6 grams of fat, 6.2 grams of fiber


    Cheesy Broccoli Potato Mash

     8. Cheesy Broccoli-Potato Mash

    Sneak some broccoli onto the holiday table with a cheesy potato recipe that even the kids are sure to love. Serve with roast chicken or pork and a green salad for a healthy holiday meal.

    Nutritional Information for 1 serving: 135 calories, 4 grams of fat, 2 grams of fiber


  • Thanksgiving Leftover Recipes That You’ll Love

    Turkey Pot Pie

    Is your refrigerator full of leftover turkey, stuffing, and mashed potatoes? Eat ’em up with these clever Thanksgiving leftover recipes.

    We hope that you had a happy and delicious Thanksgiving this year and got to stuff yourself on turkey with all of the trimmings. Do you feel like you can never look at another plate of stuffing or cranberry sauce again? These leftover recipes use your extras in some surprising ways that you’ll love even if you’re over Thanksgiving food!

    1. Shepherd’s Pie

    Shepherd’s pie can use quite a few of those Thanksgiving leftovers. Follow this recipe, but use chopped leftover turkey in place of the ground beef. Top with mashed potatoes or even mashed sweet potatoes, and you can replace some of the vegetables with green bean casserole.

    2. Potato Taquitos

    Instead of making the mashed potatoes in this recipe, just add the cheese to the potatoes left over from Thanksgiving supper. You can follow the rest of the recipe exactly or add roasted vegetables or chopped turkey to include even more Thanksgiving dishes in this meal.

    Thanksgiving Leftovers

    3. Turkey Potato Empanadas

    Morgan at Host the Toast came up with this recipe to spice up turkey and mashed potatoes from Thanksgiving. If you’re running low on mashed potatoes, you can also use mashed sweet potatoes in this zingy recipe.

    4. Turkey and Stuffing Casserole

    This convenience recipe is even more convenient when you have turkey and stuffing in the refrigerator already. If you have roasted vegetables or a green bean casserole left over, you can use those in place of the vegetables the recipe calls for.

    5. Sweet Potato Biscuits

    Leftover sweet potato casserole works perfectly in place of the mashed sweet potato and buttermilk in this recipe. Instead of one cup mashed sweets and 1 1/2 cups buttermilk, substitute 2 1/2 cups sweet potato casserole.

    6. Turkey Pot Pie

    Of course this recipe is great for using leftover turkey, but you can also use green bean casserole or roasted veggies in place of the peas in this filling pot pie. If you served roasted potatoes, you can dice those up instead of using raw potatoes, and add them closer to the end so that they don’t overcook.

    7. Potato Cakes with Fried Eggs and Turkey-Red Pepper Hash

    You can even create Thanksgiving leftover recipes for breakfast. This recipe uses mashed potatoes, turkey, and gravy for a hearty after-Thanksgiving breakfast.

    8. Thanksgiving Leftovers Wrap

    Combine your leftovers in a whole grain or spinach tortilla, and wrap them up burrito-style. Try layering on mashed potatoes, a little bit of cranberry sauce, turkey, stuffing, and even a bit of gravy. You can also serve this on bread.

    What are your favorite Thanksgiving leftover recipes? Tell us in the comments!

    Creative Commons Image Credits:

    Gastrocast #36 by Neal Foley
    Post-Thanksgiving Fridge by Lynn Gardner

  • Thanksgiving Staples: A History of Potatoes and Sweet Potatoes

    Sweet Potato Pie

    Mashed potato and sweet potato recipes are Thanksgiving staples, but what’s the history of these unmissable dishes?

    It turns out that neither mashed nor sweet potatoes made an appearance at the first Thanksgiving table in 1621. In the centuries since that historic meal, though, they’ve become essential parts of Thanksgiving dinners.

    The History of Thanksgiving Sweet Potatoes

    Could you imagine Thanksgiving without sweet potato pie now? The first Thanksgiving most likely had plenty of pumpkin, but not a sweet potato in sight.

    The first Thanksgiving took place in Massachusetts, where sweet potatoes don’t typically grow. Native Americans did eat sweet potatoes, but that was mostly in the southern part of the soon-to-be-United States and in South America. It’s much more likely that the guests at that first Thanksgiving table ate ate pumpkin pie instead of sweet potato pie.

    Sweet potatoes became part of the Thanksgiving tradition more than 150 years later. The first pumpkin pie was actually developed in France in 1653, and it wasn’t in any American cookbooks until 1796. Sweet potatoes grow very well in the warm, humid south, and pumpkin pie began to showing up alongside (or instead of!) pumpkin pie on the Thanksgiving table in the years after that.

    Now sweet potatoes are in more than just pies on the Thanksgiving table. From sweet potato casseroles to fresh sweet potato salads, our Thanksgiving traditions and holiday menu are still evolving.

    Mashed Potatoes: A Thanksgiving History

    When it comes to Thanksgiving, sweet potatoes are the star of the show, but no Thanksgiving meal is complete without a big bowl of creamy mashed potatoes.

    Mashed potatoes became an American staple in the 1700s. Potatoes are a native North American food that are easy to grow, filling, healthy, and affordable. As far back as 1747, Americans were mashing up potatoes with butter, milk, salt, and cream, and dishing them up on the Thanksgiving table.

    Today, Americans continue to enjoy potatoes and sweet potatoes with their families on Thanksgiving each and every year. And we’re quite proud of that! Happy Thanksgiving!

    Image Credit: Creative Commons photo by Brown Eyed Baker on Flickr