The big Thanksgiving question: Sweet potato or pumpkin?

Published 10:03am Thursday, November 28, 2013

We’re hosting Thanksgiving for my side of the family this year. My side of the family is rather small when compared to my husband’s. I have two younger brothers while my husband is the youngest of five boys.

Of course, being the smaller side of the family doesn’t allow for a smaller menu. There are just certain things you expect to have on hand and eat on Thanksgiving. If just one of these required items is missing from the table it could be disastrous. There must be turkey, dressing and pumpkin pie or, wait, maybe it’s sweet potato pie. Which is the required pie?

Both are orange, similar in consistency and require similar seasonings. There are obvious differences in sweet potatoes and pumpkins in their original forms but I’m hard-pressed to find many differences once they are pureed, seasoned and in the form of a pie.

I took a very unscientific poll of my friends on Facebook by simply asking, “Sweet Potato or Pumpkin Pie?” Of the 37 respondents, 20 prefer sweet potato, 10 prefer pumpkin, five want both on their Thanksgiving tables, and two misfits claimed they didn’t like either.

Personally, I prefer either or both. I can’t really tell the difference. Sometimes I have to ask for verification of what I’m eating and it’s always after more than half of my slice is gone.

It seems the great debate won’t be settled anytime soon, but based on my poll I would recommend the sweet potato pie as a crowd-pleaser this Thanksgiving. Now, if we could just settle that dressing vs. stuffing debate. I can’t even write that with a straight face. Who am I kidding? No debate there. Dressing it is!


Shannon Elliott is general manager of the Elmore County newspapers of Tallapoosa Publishers Inc. Contact her at 334-567-7811. 

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