Easy Thanksgiving Dish

November 5, 2013

Caramelized Sweet PotatoesI used to cringe every time I was assigned something to make for Thanksgiving dinner. There was an unspoken pressure that came with it that always had me opting for an easy approach, nothing too complicated. The thought of screwing it up, which may have happened once in the past, was too much to handle. A vision of Chevy Chase in Christmas Vacation cutting into a dry turkey and hearing an orchestra of crunching at the table never fails to flash before my eyes. Plus there’s nothing more mortifying than getting a sympathy compliment or noticing people pushing your creation to the side. That was my sob story but over the years I’ve managed to learn a thing or two in the kitchen and can confidently say I’ve come a long way. Now I actually get excited to up the ante and make something creative. However, one Turkey day staple that’s my favorite also happens to be an incredibly easy Thanksgiving dish to make. I promise it’s as simple as they come and you can make it through the winter months too. Sweet PotatoesStart by washing a handful of sweet potatoes and cut into 1/4 to 1/2 an inch thick coins. One large potato will give you about two servings. So if you’re cooking for a group bigger than 6 people I’d get at least 10 medium to large sized sweet potatoes. And trust me these go like hot cakes, so it’s best to make extra.Sliced Could I Have ThatNext combine a spoonful of brown sugar, 1 tsp salt, 1/2 tsp cumin, some shakes of ground pepper and about 2-3 spoonfuls of olive oil. Mix together and pour over all the sweet potatoes in a bowl. Toss until all of the coins are covered. Spread them out over a rimmed pan, I use this cookie sheet. A quick note, if you want them to be all slightly crispy on the edges, make sure they’re not overlapping, but if you don’t mind having some soft and some crispy coins let them get close. Bake at 400 degrees for about 30 minutes. Sweet PotatoesCarmalized Sweet PotatoesThe end result, perfectly crispy caramelized sweet potatoes.

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