Allez, Cuisine! Thanksgiving Sweet Potatoes Two Ways

Claire Littlefield

With Halloween behind us, many of us have already begun to count the days until the most precious jewel in the crown of American culture: Thanksgiving. While this holiday is often nicknamed “Turkey Day,” what’s really getting us through this month is the promise of our favorite side dishes. What’s the use of slightly dry poultry when you can have all the carb-loaded extras instead? The only problem is that, as we’re getting older, people are starting to expect us to behave like adults and contribute more to the meal than just our sunny personalities and college war stories.

These recipes for sweet potato-based side dishes are a perfect solution. The sweet potato casserole is a homemade version of a Boston Market favorite that couldn’t be easier: all you do is boil, mash and bake. If you’re feeling adventurous, you can take on the more technical process of making classic Southern candied sweet potatoes. Either way, you can’t go wrong – both of these recipes combine classic fall ingredients to create tantalizing desserts-in-disguise that are sure to make you the hero of the kids’ and grown-ups’ tables alike.

Sweet Potato Casserole (Pictured)


6-8 medium sweet potatoes

4 tablespoons butter

? cup whole milk

? teaspoon nutmeg

? cup brown sugar

2 cups marshmallows

Serves: 8


1. Preheat your oven to 375 degrees.

2. Wash and peel the sweet potatoes.

3. Boil for 10-15 minutes, or until fork-tender.

4. Drain and transfer to mixing bowl. Add milk, butter,

nutmeg and brown sugar, and then mash until smooth.

5. Transfer the mash into a baking dish. Sprinkle the top

with some extra brown sugar, and add layer of marshmallows.

6. Bake for 15-20 minutes, until potatoes are warmed

through. To add an extra golden brown color to your

marshmallows, set your oven to “Broil” for the last two minutes.

Candied Sweet Potatoes


6-8 medium sweet potatoes

1/2 stick butter

1 cup brown sugar

1/4 cup orange juice

1 Tbsp maple syrup (optional)

Serves: 8


1. Preheat your oven to 325 degrees.

2. Wash and peel the sweet potatoes.

3. Boil for 10-15 minutes, or until fork-tender (but not mushy).

4. Melt the butter, and combine with the brown sugar,

orange juice and maple syrup.

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