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Your Favorite Chefs Are United Against Sweet Potato Casseroles

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What's the Thanksgiving spread like at your house? Turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing, and a sweet potato casserole might make the table at your family's annual gathering, but if you want to throw a celebrity chef-worthy Thanksgiving dinner, you should skip that last dish. (Womp womp.)

What is sweet potato casserole?

There are hundreds of sweet potato casserole recipes out there to try, but they all generally consist of sweet potatoes, sugar, butter, milk, eggs, and vanilla. Some families enjoy sprinkling toasted pecans on top, while others like melting a layer of marshmallows. It's this last version that has chefs like Guy Fieri and Michael Symon all worked up.

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And what the heck is wrong with it?

If you think the above ingredients sound like a good mix, you aren't the only one. We'd wager that every Thanksgiving, thousands of moms, dads, kids, grandkids, and even pets chow down on this fall dish. So what's the problem?

“There’s nothing I like about it at all,” Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives host Guy Fieri says. “There’s no texture, no balance — just sweet on sweet and soft on soft. The premise of the dish frustrates me,” says Michael Symon, chef and host of ABC's The Chew.

Who cares, right? The holidays are a time to eat all the sweets! With so many other tasty desserts on the menu (hello pumpkin, pecan, apple, and chocolate creme pies), we can see why some people might find sweet potato casseroles too sugary for their liking, but hey, to each her own, we guess.

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Is sweet potato casserole healthy

On their own, sweet potatoes are pretty healthy; it's the sugar, butter, and second helping that add to your waistline. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Composition Databases, sweet potatoes are full of fiber, vitamin B6, potassium, vitamin A, vitamin C, and manganese. Sweet potatoes are also low in sodium, saturated fat, and cholesterol.

If you want to make sweet potato casserole healthier, there are a few swaps you can make. Nixing the marshmallows and all the added sugar will help you curb the holiday weight gain — and considering these bright orange potatoes have a naturally sweet flavor, you might find you don't even miss those sugary extras.

Our verdict? This year, we'll go ahead and keep enjoying our sweet potato casseroles — in our new Stove Top's super stretchy Thanksgiving dinner pants — thank you very much! And is it us, or has all of that bleach messed with Guy Fieri's head (and tastebuds!)?

h/t TIME

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