Everyday Mom's Meals: Another Turkey Day Idea
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Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Another Turkey Day Idea

So, is that Thanksgiving menu set in stone yet? Or are you still looking for a little inspiration? If the first one is true, good for you! Way to be ahead of the game! Way to be prepared! But if the second one rings more true for you right now, your friendly neighborhood blogger is here to help!

Sweet potatoes are such a staple on so many holiday tables, sometimes we forget there are more things we can do with them than the traditional marshmallow topped dish. But there are, there really are!

This recipe actually came about last week when I had bought sweet potatoes to simply bake; but decided I wanted something more. And how could I say no to the addition of great flavors like brown sugar, vanilla, cinnamon and pecans? I could not! I mean, who can resist the words pecan crumb topping?

I love this dish because you can easily adapt it to feed a few (This version fed the 3 of us with leftovers, so I'd say it would feed 6 as a side dish easily.) or the masses. It can also cook in the oven alongside the bird while you are working on other dishes. It's the perfect mix of savory and sweet, and literally tastes like a holiday on a plate. Plus, it would travel really well too, in case you have to go "over the river and through the woods!"

That Turkey Day menu needs to be coming together pretty soon. We've got 2 weeks to finalize it; and I for one love knowing what's going to be served so my taste buds can start looking forward to it now! If there is room on yours, this might just be what you've been waiting to add to it!

Roasted Sweet Potatoes
with
Pecan Crumb Topping

5 large sweet potatoes (about 3 lbs.), peeled and cut into 1 inch cubes
2 TBS orange juice
1/4 c. packed brown sugar
2 tsp. vanilla extract
1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp. ground ginger
1/2 tsp. salt
2 TBS butter, diced
1 c. dried cranberries

Topping: 
1/2 c. flour
1/2 c. packed brown sugar
4 TBS butter, diced
1 tsp. ground cinnamon 
1 tsp. ground ginger
1 c. chopped pecans

Preheat oven to 400. Lightly grease a 9 x 13 pan. Add sweet potatoes to a large bowl. In a small bowl whisk together orange juice, 1/4 c. brown sugar, vanilla, 1/2 tsp. cinnamon, 1/2 tsp. ginger and salt. Pour over potatoes. Stir well to coat. Transfer to pan. Sprinkle with cranberries. Dot with butter. Cover with foil and bake for 30 minutes. Meanwhile, in a small bowl, combine flour, brown sugar, cinnamon and ginger for topping. Mix well. Cut in butter using two forks. Stir in pecans. Remove potatoes from oven. Uncover. Sprinkle with pecan mixture. Bake an additional 25-30 minutes until potatoes tender and browned on top.



1 comment:

Lita said...

This is a little twist on sweet potatoes, but I think I could sell it. I'm always looking for a kicked up change. Thanks for sharing.

Linda