Every year on Thanksgiving at tables throughout the country sits a dish with sweet potatoes. This staple item is simply a must when cooking up a “traditional” Thanksgiving feast. Most of the time you will see candied yams or sweet potatoes doused in maple syrup and marshmallows. Doesn’t take a genius to spot where these can easily add insult to injury!
Sweet potatoes happen to be the dish I’ve been assigned for Thanksgiving, at least for the last 5 years. My take has always been, since there is so many other items on the table for the holiday and many of those items are rich,flavorful and loaded with calories why does one more dish need to pack the weight? I am by no means against indulging in a hearty family meal but since these are under my control I try to lessen the insult and create a healthier dish.
The great thing about working with sweet potatoes are they are so easy to make, super flavorful, and pack with antioxidants. I did find a gold mine in Whole Foods under the name “garnet yam”. These yams are bright orange and way more tasty than the regular sweet potato. Below is my recipe for the staple dish. Enjoy!
Mashed Garnet Yams (Serves approx. 15)
Ingredients: 8 Garnet Yams, 1/2 cup butter, 1/2 cup Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk, Pumpkin Pie Spice, Cinnamon
- Scrub clean yams
- Boil the potatoes in large pot 20-30 minutes or until soft and outside skin starts to fall off
- Let cool, then slide off peels (or leave them in for added nutritional value)
- Using a hand mixer or potato masher knead potatoes into a mashed texture
- Mix in butter and milk
- Add 1/8 tsp cinnamon and dash of pumpkin pie spice
What dish do you bring to your Thanksgiving celebration? If you make sweet potatoes or yams as well and have a unique recipe share it with us! Never hurts to try something new.