Is sweet potato pie really pumpkin pie?
No; sweet potato pie is made with sweet potatoes and pumpkin pie is made with pumpkin. They are two different ingredients.
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Turkey and stuffing/dressing, sweet potato casserole, and cranberry sauce are associated almost exclusively with Thanksgiving. The other sides such as green bean casserole, macaroni and cheese, cider, pumpkin pie, and sweet potato pie could be had with most any other holiday feast. turkey is eaten in thanksgiving.
If that is the traditional dessert at your house then yes. People can maintain a family tradition or change it as they like. If pumpkin pie is not your favorite dessert then you can always replace it with something more to your liking such as apple or rhubarb. There really are no "pumpkin pie police" waiting to arrest you if you fail to serve pumpkin pie on Thanksgiving.
When baking a sweet potato pie you should use flour to thicken the potato pulp if is too liquid, but no more than 1 level tablespoon for two cups of prepared sweetened pulp. If you have used eggs in your recipe there really is not reason to ever use baking powder until you're putting it in the recipe for the pie crust. One 9-inch pie crust should hold approximately 2 - 2 1/2 cups of…