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Sweet Potato Recipes for Thanksgiving

December 31st, 2012 Seasonal

Sweet potatoes are always a favorite at Thanksgiving because they're sweet and savory. Indulge your guests this year with a special recipe featuring unexpected ingredients that will blow them away and keep them coming back for more. Here are a couple of ways to update your sweet potatoes, courtesy of the Food Network and Eating Well magazine.

Bourbon sweet potatoes
Makes 4 servings.
Ingredients:
4 large sweet potatoes
3 cups of water
1 ½ cups of brown sugar
4 tablespoons of butter
1 cinnamon stick
¼ teaspoon of nutmeg
⅓ cup of bourbon
1 long strip of orange peel.

Directions: Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Bake the potatoes for 1 hour, or until they're soft. Let cool slightly, then remove the skin. Reduce the oven temperature to 350 degrees. Mix remaining ingredients in a saucepan and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer for 30 to 45 minutes until the sauce is thickened. Slice the potatoes into a casserole dish, then pour the syrup over them and bake for 30 minutes.

Maple sweet potatoes
Makes 12 servings.
Ingredients:
2 ½ pounds of sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into pieces
⅓ cup of maple syrup
2 tablespoons of melted butter
1 tablespoon of lemon juice
½ teaspoon of salt
Ground pepper to taste.

Directions: Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Place potatoes in a baking dish. Mix together the maple syrup, butter, lemon juice, salt and pepper. Pour over the potatoes, then toss them so they're coated. Cover and bake for 15 minutes, then uncover and stir. Cook for another 45 or 50 minutes, stirring every 15 minutes. Let cool a bit, then serve to your guests!