Monday, November 14, 2011

Simple, Sweet & Savory

Good evening everyone! It’s Monday once again, which usually means a trip Around The Culinary World. This week, however, we’re changing things up a little bit and throwing a recipe into Monday’s mix. As our dedicated readers are aware – we will be featuring Thanksgiving dishes for the next few weeks. We’ve started the festivities off last week with two turkey day dishes. This week, due to the overwhelming number of recipes we’ve found, we’re featuring three dishes. Tonight’s dish is one of the easiest turkey day treats you will ever make! It’s a bonus recipe quick hit! Let’s dive in!

The Recipe: Crock-Pot Sweet Potatoes
Original Recipe Found On: Multiple Sources (There is a variation of this recipe in about every cookbook and website I read)
What You’ll Need:

3 Sweet Potatoes (Peeled, sliced into ½ inch cubes)
¼ Cup Brown Sugar
3 Tablespoons Butter (Melted)
½ Teaspoon Cinnamon
¼ Cup Applesauce
¼ Cup Pecan Pieces

Are you ready for these directions? They’re pretty complicated. Here we go –

Add the sweet potatoes into the bottom of the slow cooker. In a medium bowl, combine the cinnamon, applesauce, 2 tablespoons of the butter and brown sugar. Pour this applesauce mixture over the sweet potatoes and cover the slow cooker. Cook on low for 5 to 8 hours or until the potatoes have become completely tender. Alternatively, you can cook the sweet potatoes in the oven at 375 degrees for about an hour and a half to two hours (again, or until tender)

Before you serve the potatoes, melt the remaining tablespoon of butter in a small skillet. Add the pecan pieces and cook until they become a light golden brown, roughly 5 to 7 minutes.

If your potatoes have not completely turned into mush (some of mine were completely soft – others still held a small portion of their original shape) you’ll need to mash them slightly. It’s actually best to give everything a few good stirs either way – you wont need to use a potato masher, just a solid spoon will do the trick.

Add the pecan pieces to the top of the potatoes before serving and enjoy!

The Results:

Simple, sweet and savory! You cannot beat recipes that are this easy to make but deliver such amazing results. The cinnamon and brown sugar add a great layer of sweet yet spicy depth to the dish and the applesauce provides a very unexpected sweetening to the entire dish. When it comes to turkey day sides, this sweet potato dish is sure to be a popular one. The best part is you can start it early in the day and never worry about it until it’s dinner time!

(Yes, this is a photo free blog tonight – it’s not that we don’t want to share pictures, it’s just that photographing potatoes in a slow cooker…well, it’s not riveting photography!) That’s all we have for you tonight, Maggie takes to the kitchen on Wednesday night with a brand new Thanksgiving dish of her own. I’ll be back on Thursday with another new dish. It’s a busy week here on the blog! Tune in Wednesday to see what Maggie has cooking. Until then,


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