Potatoes are a classic and expected side at any Thanksgiving gathering. It’s a staple of the holiday, and for good reason – who doesn’t love an awesome potato dish? While mashed potatoes are great and we love them very much, sometimes you need to branch out and try some other ways to eat this side dish – in fact, these recipes are so good that one (or many!) may end up being your entree. Check out these dishes from our Food Monster App for your potato inspiration!
1. Roasted Potatoes
Roasting potatoes is a great way to bring out their flavor, especially when you pair them with the right things. Roasting also can help get your potatoes to the perfect texture: soft on the inside, crispy on the outside, just like in these Crispy Roasted Potatoes with Miso Tahini Dressing from Christina Bedetta. For another delicious recipe with a crispy exterior, try out these tasty Coconut and Turmeric Roast Potatoes from Tomi Makanjuola!
Herbs are incredibly important when roasting potatoes, as the flavor of the dish will vary greatly depending on which you use. However, when you find the right ones, you’re sure to end up with a meal that all of your guests will be impressed by. For perfectly paired potatoes and herbs, try out Crazy Vegan Kitchen‘s Easy and Zesty Lemon Garlic Herb Roasted Potatoes. Partner your potatoes with pesto with these Pesto Roasted Potatoes and Cauliflower from Melanie Sorrentino! You could even roast them up in a pan with Francesca Bettoni‘s Pan-Roasted Herbed Potatoes.
2. Cakes and Croquettes
People usually think of potatoes in terms of baked, mashed and roasted (which are still awesome – keep reading for some baked potato recipes!), but did you know you can also make potatoes into cakes? Additionally, if you’ve never tried croquettes, you’re seriously missing out. Get started with trying potatoes in these portable forms with a recipe that comes with some added protein: Lentil-Stuffed Potato Cakes from Power Vegan Meals by Maya Sozer! For potato cakes that come paired with a sauce that you’ll want to dip everything else in too, Philipp Ertl‘s Quinoa Potato Cakes in Tomato Sauce are for you. For a simple but incredibly delicious recipe, try Melissa Tedesco‘s Potato Cakes!
Now let’s talk croquettes. Baked or fried, either way these amazing treats are perfectly soft yet crispy, with breading that you’ll flip for. What are you waiting for? Get your hands on some Potato and Cauliflower Croquettes from Simona Malerba! If you want cheesy croquettes, then look no further than Rosie Newton and Dillon Sivyour‘s ‘Cheesy’ Fried Potato Croquettes.
3. Baked Potato Dishes
Image Source: Irish Potato Pie [Vegan]
Baking potatoes provides so many opportunities for different ways to serve potatoes. The possibilities are endless – for example, you can bake potatoes into a pie! Check out this Irish Potato Pie from Julie Zimmer to see how. Cooke your potatoes twice and watch how awesome they come out, especially with a sauce you’ll want to eat with a spoon, like in Dan Waters‘ Twice Cooked Baked Potatoes With Asparagus and Mushroom Cream Sauce.
Keep it comforting, warm and perfectly spiced with Lenia Patsi‘s Baked Potatoes and Peppers. You can also play around with potato textures and give these Crispy Smashed Potatoes with Caper Aioli from Buffy-Ellen Gill a whirl – go from mashed to smashed! For a recipe where you can be sure to get irresistible rosemary and pesto flavor in each and every bite, go for Laine Rudolfa‘s Rosemary Hasselback Potatoes with Parsley Pesto.
4. Stuffed Sweet Potatoes
How could we do a roundup of potato recipes without including sweet potatoes? The answer is that we couldn’t of course. We’ll start with stuffed sweet potatoes! They go well with so many other ingredients, and are a classic thanksgiving ingredient that your guests will look forward to.
Make them happy with nourishing and delicious High Protein Chickpea-Stuffed Sweet Potatoes With Garlic Tahini Sauce from Alexandra Caspero! If you prefer lentils to chickpeas, try these Lentil Curry Stuffed Sweet Potatoes from Kaylee Pauley. Judy Moosmueller‘s Sweet Potato Boats are as cute as they are tasty!You can top your sweet potatoes with any variety of amazing toppings or sauces. Get cheesy with Plant Tribe‘s Roasted Sweet Potato and Broccoli with Cheesy Sauce, or try a pesto topping with Gina Fontana‘s Quinoa and Pea Pesto Stuffed Sweet Potatoes.
Let’s be honest, sweet potatoes are delicious in any format. With these recipes, you can make multiple sweet potato dishes and still have variety galore. Plus, everyone loves a good Thanksgiving bake or casserole! Capture all of that festive flavor with Adam Merrin and Ryan Alvarez‘s Baked Sweet Potatoes and Cranberries With Cinnamon Oat Crumble. Lentils, sage, and plenty of hearty flavorful can all be found in this Sweet Potato and Sage Lentil Shepherd’s Pie from Kristen Genton. Make the most creamy and comforting dish possible with Taylor Kiser‘s Scalloped Sweet Potatoes in Cauliflower Sauce.Get adventurous and have sweet potato take the place of another ingredient entirely with this Sweet Potato ‘Rice’ Casserole from Alissandra Maffucci. Whip up a dish full of satisfying nutrients with Molly Patrick‘s Sweet Potato Bean Hash!
Still need more Thanksgiving ideas? We’ve got plenty! Check out our Ultimate Thanksgiving Guide for all the plant-based Thanksgiving recipes you could hope for, from appetizers to desserts and everything in between.
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