Potatoes: The All-Important Thanksgiving Side

A Thanksgiving Side You Can’t Ignore

Thanksgiving is a holiday that we all undoubtedly look forward to. It is the essential American holiday in which its sole purpose is to reunite families to share a monumental feast together. Over the centuries, the traditional Thanksgiving menu consisted of primarily roast turkey, cranberries, pumpkin pies and potato dishes. The latter has become an integral and important Thanksgiving side necessity that can never be ignored. It’s amazing how far these tubers have traveled since the first Thanksgiving took place.

Thanksgiving’s Potato History

The amazing fact is that the first Thanksgiving between the Pilgrims and the Wampanoag tribe did not have any potatoes on the menu. Initially, white potatoes were born in South America, and sweet potatoes originated in the Caribbean; after being cultivated by the Spanish, they introduced sweet and white potatoes to the Europeans in the later 16th century.

By the time of the 1621 autumn harvest celebration, potatoes were not adopted into the Wampanoag diet, nor were they popular enough to be escorted to the New World by the Englishmen. The New World’s original inhabitants did eat other plant roots such as water lily, Jerusalem artichokes, groundnuts and Indian turnip.

As food evolved over many decades, so has the traditional Thanksgiving meal. Although potato sides were not included in the first meal, it has evolved to be an integral Thanksgiving side dish. Sides like the brown butter mashed potatoes, potatoes vary in different dishes, all of which will compliment your Thanksgiving menu very well. Mashed potatoes, sweet potato casseroles and potato gratin are all classic forms of potato side dishes.

Our Own Potatoes

Mashed potatoes and sweet potatoes shouldn’t be the only kind of potato to gorge on. Our French fries and hash browns at George’s Burgers are unbeatable and are supremely delectable, proven to be the perfect sidekick to our impeccable burgers and breakfast meals. You can find our fries and hash browns within our combos or as a complete side at low prices. If you think you won’t be able to get our food on Thanksgiving, you know we can’t let that happen. We will be open on Thanksgiving from our normal opening time until 2 p.m.

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