Thanksgiving is coming soon and I love ideas that make it easy for our little chefs to be part of making our holiday meal.  Sweet potatoes is often found on the family table during the holiday but you may never have enjoyed it like this before. Sweet Potato Bar

A Sweet Potato Bar is a fun twist and alternative to a baked potato bar.  Whether its for a family dinner or a holiday gathering, this DIY buffet is a great way to get your kids experimenting with different flavors combinations. The sweet potato bar was actually my son’s idea after we had so much fun making the Sweet Potato and Apple Soup.

Sweet Potato BarMaking a baked sweet potato is easy for little chefs.  Start by scrubbing and cleaning the potato which is a great task for kids.  Then drizzle the sweet potato with olive oil.

Sweet Potato Bar
Next wrap each potato in aluminum foil and bake in oven 400 degrees for 60-70 minutes.  You can even decide to cook the sweet potato in a slow cooker which take a bit longer but just as easy.


Sweet Potato BarThe sweet potato bar was so simple that I am surprised that we haven’t tried it sooner.  Simply start with a baked sweet potato then have fun with different toppings. The bar set up allows them to experiment with different flavors and the opportunity to decide how they want their food to taste.   I love that everyone can serve themselves…even my little 2-year old could get in on the fun.

Sweet Potato BarThe fun part comes with choosing your toppings.  We had a combination of sweet and savory toppings but the options are endless.  Here are some toppings ideas for you to try:

Brown Sugar
Maple syrup
Sautéed Spinach
Barbecue Chicken
Turkey bacon
Ground turkey

I could go on but I think you get the point…

IMG_9071This Thanksgiving, try some of these flavorful combinations:

Fall Harvest = Apples + Pecans + Brown Butter Sage

Sweet Potato Casserole = Brown Sugar + Honey + Marshmallows

Sweet Potato Pie = Pumpkin Spice + Cinnamon + Crushed graham crackers + Pecans

Taco Night = Ground Turkey + Salsa + Avocado + Cheese

 Southwestern = Corn + Black Beans + Cilantro + Tomatoes


No matter which toppings you choose, your kids will love being in the driver seat and come up with their own creative combinations.  

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Chef Julian has had a love for cooking since the age of 3. Now as the CEO and Head Kid Chef of The Step Stool Chef, he is focused on empowering kids to be leaders in the kitchen. Chef Julian has been featured on the covers of magazines, newspapers as well as made guest appearances on all major TV networks, conferences and food festivals and is known for his fun & easy approach to cooking.

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