Tuesday, November 16, 2010

It's All About the Sides: Cinnamon Sweet Potatoes

Cinnamon Sweet Potatoes

Here's the thing about Thanksgiving: So much of what we cook and eat on this special day is tied up in tradition, and it's hard to stray from that. I know that many of you are planning to make sweet potato casserole, and cover it with pecans and marshmallows, and that's fine. For many of you it wouldn't be Thanksgiving without that dish on the table, and that's fine, too. But for me - and I know I'm not the only one - that casserole is too sweet and I never even touch it. But these sweet potatoes? We eat them pretty often - not just on Thanksgiving. I love them because they taste like sweet potatoes, not sugar. If you, like me, love to see a baked sweet potato - dotted with butter and sprinkled with cinnamon - sitting next to your pork chops on non-Thanksgiving days you'll enjoy these, too.

Cinnamon Sweet Potatoes

Cinnamon Sweet Potatoes
Adapted from Allrecipes
Serves about four
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As I'm sure you know, sweet potatoes start out hard as rocks when raw but soften as they bake. These fall-colored rounds will not be crisp in the end, especially being sliced half-inch thick. They will, however, have the perfect texture - in my opinion - and a nice not-too-sweet flavor.

Ingredients
4 medium sweet potatoes, peeled and sliced into half-inch rounds
2 tablespoons butter, melted (I prefer salted in this case.)
2 tablespoons brown sugar (or Splenda Brown Sugar)
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Directions
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cover baking sheet with foil and set aside.
2. Melt butter then stir in sugar and cinnamon.
3. Drop sweet potato slices in butter mixture and toss, coating well.
4. Arrange on baking sheet. Cook 15 to 20 minutes then remove from oven and turn slices over. Coat tops with more butter mixture, and bake another 15 to 20 minutes.

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9 comments:

  1. Looks yummy!!! We missed you at MOPS today. Hope you all are doing well. We had a great pre-Thanksgiving type of spread and boy did I eat!

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  2. These look really good! I will have to try for sure.

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  3. What a great idea! They look fabulous, bookmarked them too! You should enter them in Holiday Recipe Contest - http://auntieecookbook.blogspot.com/search/label/Holiday%20Flare%20side%20dishes

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  4. WOW - I have never seen sweet potatoes look this delicious. I love them!!!

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  5. The sweet potatoes look amazing! Love the caramelization on them...making me drool!

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  6. So simple, and I love that you also say you can use splenda brown sugar! Sweet potatoes are the best, and classic thanksgiving. :)

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  7. you've just endeared yourself to me more than i would've thought possible--this is downright phenomenal. :)

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  8. Hello...can I get an invite for dinner please? Forget bookclub what about FoodClub!

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  9. Oh my goodness, I think I could eat these any day of the week!!

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