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Sep 25, 2007 07:38 AM

Sweet potato side dish for Thanksgiving-no marshmellows!

I have been asked to bring a sweet potato side dish for Thanksgiving dinner this year. It needs to be made at home and can be reheated in their oven. Any good ideas?

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  1. We love sweet potatoes at my house- and, believe it or not, I have never had them with marshmellows. Jsut sounds wrong to me! I love them prepared simply- I bake them ( make sure to pierce them, and cook them on tn foil, as they get messy). After cooking, simply add butter, salt and pepper and mash. If you like, you could also add a touch of maple syrup or brown sugar. I prefer them with just the butter and s/p.

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    1. re: macca

      This is how I made them last Thanksgiving and they turned out great. Personally I think putting marshmallows on top of root vegetables is a little odd.

      1. re: seconds

        I am really surprised at how many people grew up with the marshmallow sweet potatoes at Thanksgiving. I think I was an adult before I had evne heard of it- and we also never had the green bean, onion thingy, either. I think there is soup involved in the green bean recipe. It is just not right!!

    2. I think simple is best. Cut in small pieces. Drizzle with olive oil. Sprinkle with kosher salt and fresh ground pepper. Perhaps a little smoked paprika. Roast on sheet pan at 400 for 45 min to an hour until caramelized (watch it and toss around half way).

      There is a sweet potato chipotle recipe that has been kicking around on CH. I tried it last year for one of the holiday dinners. I thought it was quite good b/c I like spice, but some of my guests found it too spicy.

      1. I don't normally like sweet sides, but I always make a simple puree topped with pecan-maple crunch. It keeps well and is absolutely fantastic after being revived a bit under the broiler.

        1. Every Thanksgiving my Brother in Law makes a recipe that he found in Jimmy Carter's Family Recipe Book. I think it's called Annie Mae's Sweet Potato Casserole. It is delicious and reheats very well. If you cannot find it and want it, let me know and I will get it for you.


            We enjoy this recipe. It's basically roasted vegies - actually tsimmis - but we dont do the stuffing into the chili part.