A Thanksgiving Side Dish

If you are looking for a  beautiful side dish to garnish your gluten & dairy-free Thanksgiving meal, you may want to try this enticing dish of Herbed Potatoes gluten & dairy-free of course! They are easy to put together, especially if you have a mandolin that slices all your potatoes in the same width.  Alternating a Yukon Gold or other white fleshed potato with a jewel sweet potato makes this dish colorful and twice as yummy.

Alternating Potatoes & Sweet Potatoes
Alternating Potatoes & Sweet Potatoes

A Time to be Thankful

I love Thanksgiving, especially what it stands for, a time to be thankful. I know life can be hard but I’ve also learned that being thankful is a mindset, especially when difficult things happen. We had a horrific wind storm last night. A friend of mine had five trees topple in her yard and several went through their new home. When I saw pictures, I could barely see her house through all the downed pine trees. Her thankful attitude through it all really stood out. She was thankful they were safe, thankful friends gave them a warm place to stay, thankful to be alive. She didn’t mention much about her brand new home, other than it might be so badly damaged it may not be savable. And then she returned to her talk of thankfulness.  She definitely portrays what this time of year is all about, the things we can be truly thankful for, especially our lives.

Brushing Potatoes with Fresh Herbs
Brushing Potatoes with Fresh Herbs

Great Thanksgiving Side Dishes

Messing with traditions at Thanksgiving are never easy, so thinking of serving herbed potatoes instead of mashed might make Uncle Henry a little unnerved. You can still make the mashed, just serve this dish as a great addition. Who knows, maybe these will become the favored tradition for years to come! Here is a list of some of my favorite gluten & dairy-free side dishes:

Rosemary, Sage and Thyme
Rosemary, Sage and Thyme

Fresh herbs really make this dish. It is rare when I will choose dried over fresh herbs. I love the aroma and natural oils that release when you slice into fresh herbs. Chop them fine, add them to olive oil with a bit of garlic salt and black pepper and voila! You have a perfect herb mix to spread on just about any savory dish. This lovely little white curved dish comes with a lid completing the pumpkin shape. I received it at my food blogger’s conference (#IFBC) I attended back in September at the Sur La Table and Kitchen-aid Event.

Baked Potato Swirls
Gluten & Dairy-free Baked Potato Swirls

I’m always looking for creative ways to use left overs. These potatoes, of course, are just as delicious heated the next day but if you want a little twist, try dicing them up and heating them in a skillet. Crack an egg in the center, place a lid on the skillet and cook over medium until the egg is done. This makes a yummy breakfast hash ready in no time at all.

Sweet Potato Egg Hash
Sweet potato Egg Hash from leftovers.

Gluten & Dairy-free Herbed Potato Swirl

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Serves 6-8
Prep time 15 minutes
Cook time 1 hour
Total time
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1 hour, 15 minutes
Dietary Dairy-free, Gluten-free, Vegan, Vegetarian
Meal type Side Dish
Sweet potatoes and Yukon Gold potatoes topped with fresh herbs make a perfect blend for the savory gluten & dairy-free potato swirl side dish.


  • 2 Large Yukon Gold Potatoes (Evenly sized)
  • 2 Medium Jewel Sweet Potatoes (Even in size to the Russet)
  • 2 sprigs Fresh Rosemary (finely chopped)
  • 4 sprigs Fresh Thyme (finely chopped)
  • 3 Medium Sage Leaves (finely chopped)
  • 1/2 cup Olive Oil (Extra Virgin)
  • 1 teaspoon Garlic Salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon Black Pepper (freshly ground)


Step 1
Alternating Potatoes & Sweet Potatoes
Keeping peel on, slice the Yukon Gold potatoes preferably with a mandolin to produce even slices.
Step 2
Swirling the Potatoes
Peel the sweet potato and slice with a mandolin. Stack the potatoes, alternating between the Yukon Gold and the sweet potato.
Step 3
Swirled Potatoes
Oil a round or oval dish. Fan out the potatoes in the dish in a circular motion.
Step 4
Herbs & Oil
Finely chop all herbs and add them to the olive oil. Add garlic salt and pepper.
Step 5
Brushing Potatoes with Fresh Herbs
Brush herbed olive oil over the top of the potatoes.
Step 6
Baked Potato Swirls
Place Potatoes in a 400 degree oven for 1 hour or until potatoes are fully cooked. Serve hot.

this recipe was shared on the following blogs: VegetarianMamma, AKADesigns,  PintsizeBaker





6 comments on “A Gluten & Dairy-free Thanksgiving”

  1. Beautiful! Reminds me of the apple rose recipe you made a while ago. Adds some nice variety to Thanksgiving in a way that I think will still please the traditionalists. And yes, that windstorm was something– I complained about it without experiencing anything serious like your friend with the amazing attitude.

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