Already Thinking Thanksgiving Menus

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Looking for something easy to make for Thanksgiving that will make people say, “Wow ______, this is delicious!”? We are going to the Outer Banks for Turkey Day and I am going to bring this side dish.

Sweet Potato Puree with Honey and Basil

Usually I do the classic sweet potato casserole. You know, semi smashed with brown sugar and marshmallows (my mouth is watering already). But a great recipe I picked up this summer has them pureed with honey, butter, basil, salt and pepper. Easy right? And much healthier without all that sugar.

1. Bake or boil the sweet potatoes until they are very tender (leave the skin on, when they are done you should be able to scoop out the flesh easily)
2. Smash/smush/mash them completely. You can use a food processor or blender if you find that they aren’t smoothing out well.
3. Add honey, salt and pepper to taste and about 6 tablespoons of butter.
4. Chop up and sprinkle in some fresh basil for color and flavor.

P.S. Did you know that sweet potatoes are from the morning glory family? They are flowers!

Good conversational facts for the table: “The sweet potato is a member of the morning glory family and except in name only, is not related to the white potato. It helps prevent cancer and heart disease. It is rich in complex carbohydrates and low in calories – there are only 117 calories in a 4-oz. serving.

Sweet potatoes are used in controlling weight and conditions like diabetes. They are an easy way to get the heart healthy and to get cancer- fighting benefits into your diet. This information comes from the spokesperson for the American Diabetes Association, Pamela Savage-Marr, R.D.” 

(Hey Heather, remember our menu last year?)

2 Responses to “Already Thinking Thanksgiving Menus”

  1. Rachel posted on November 1, 2010 at 8:50 pm (#)

    I love sweet potatoes! I’ll have to try this recipe soon. Do you think you could substitute agave nectar instead of honey?

  2. Michelle O posted on November 4, 2010 at 6:41 pm (#)

    Yes absolutely. I bet that would be delish. I just love how simple this recipe is but the silkiness of the potatoes and the flavor is really all you need! Let me know how it works out.

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