Wednesday, November 24, 2004

Sweet Potatoes without marshmallows

I, personally, find sweet potatoes with marshmallows disgusting. Sweet potatoes themselves, however, have great potential as a tasty vegetable. After some hunting around I have found a way to fix them that satisfies all of my in-laws' various allergy and dietary restraints (egg, gluten, and lactose free!) , health standards, and still seems festive and suitable for a holiday meal. It's also easy enough and cheap enough to fix in quantities to satisfy half a dozen more-or-less adolescent boys along with their extended family.

So this is what I am taking for Thanksgiving (only about 3-4 times as much):

Mashed Sweet Potatoes and Apples
2 large sweet potatoes (I use the orangier kind, which are sometimes called yams, but which I understand technically are not, just a variety of sweet potato.)
2 T Butter
2 T Honey
1 t. Cinnamon
1/2 t. Allspice
1 cooking apple, peeled and chopped

Peel and chop sweet potatoes; cook until tender. Drain and pour into bowl for mashing. (Save liquid if you don't want to use milk.) Place the butter in the bottom of the pan and melt; add honey and spices. Saute apple in it until tender. Add to sweet potatoes and mash with either a little reserved cooking liquid or milk if everyone is lactose-tolerant.


the Joneses said...

Throw in some cooked sausage, and you have one of our favorite dishes. -- SJ

Queen of Carrots said...

What kind of sausage? Like breakfast sausage? That does sound good.

Pepperoni, on the other hand, would be a little weird . . .

the Joneses said...

If you put pepperoni in it, you call it "gourmet," not "weird." My mom get this magazine called Food Arts, all about chefs and their bold ventures in the land of food. Talk about "gourmet"!

We use the roll of ground sausage, what you'd use to make patties at breakfast if you, the cook, happened to like breakfast, which I, the cook, do not, so we use it for supper instead.