Monday, November 22, 2010

Thanksgiving Sweet Potatoes

THANKSGIVING SWEET POTATOES FOR for 8 - 10 potatoes Use only really good red garnet yams if possible
Use a large pot. Place water in pot as early as possible to let chlorine etc evaporate or use filtered water.
Cut 10 organic garnet yams in large pieces, maybe thirds. Let water cover yams, but not more than that.
I prefer to peel off skin after cooked. Bring salted water to boil and place potatoes in that. Bring to another boil and let simmer for 10 minutes. Turn off heat and let sit until tender. They also will slightly cool down. When completely tender, drain out water and remove skins (keep them if you want but for Thanksgiving, I prefer to remove for the whipped style).
Whip potatoes (use potato masher and then by hand with wood spoon or a batter mixer):

½ stick organic butter (I only use unsalted at all times )
juice of ½ lemon squeeze by hand (keep pulp in) save rind
juice of ½ orange (same as above) save rind
1 - 2 teaspoons of cinnamon (according to your personal taste) you can always add more when you taste the batch
grated whole fresh nutmeg (¼ of a nut)1/4 - 1/2 teaspoon fresh nutmeg is so fragrant, i don't use any other form of nutmeg
¼ cup brown sugar
1 T grated orange rind (and 1 teaspoon of lemon zest is optional)
1/2 cup whole Pecans (approximate amount)

taste when all ingredients are added and correct to taste...

place in a serving/baking dish, so you can bake and travel and serve in the same dish. Ceramic/glass casserole dish


Bake in oven conventional oven 350 degrees for 20 min to 1/2 hour to let the spices and juices blend (confection oven 325)

Whole Foods was selling gourmet square marsh mellows that I could not resist so I topped the dish with all of these and pecans in between the marshmallows. This was so yummy and huge. Probably enough for more than 14 people

if you should chose to use marshmallows, there's a little problem. when this dish gets to it's destination, will you want to reheat? if you plan to re-heat, don't put marsh mellows on until then. otherwise put them on when you bake them.


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