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Honey Garlic Sweet Potato Wedges

12 Oct

In discussing what we’d have for our family Thanksgiving dinner this year, my dad made a specific request for sweet potatoes. Since my dad, really, never asks for anything I certainly couldn’t let this request fall by the wayside. Thing is, I haven’t made anything with sweet potatoes in years. I’ve made shoestring fries with them before, but they tended to come out a little, um, crispier than I’d have liked. I wasn’t going to let my dad down, though, so I scoured til I found something that looked easy enough to do while also making up the rest of the Thanksgiving fixings. Came across a great recipe that I tweaked just a smidge. In the end, the potatoes turned out very well: a little crispy on the outside, soft and fluffy on the inside with a pungent bite from the garlic mellowed out by the sweetness of the honey.

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Serves 4.

Ingredients

4 sweet potatoes, scrubbed and cut into wedges
2 tb extra virgin olive oil
salt & pepper
1/3 c ketchup
1/4 c soy sauce
1/4  c honey
1 lime, juice & zest
6 garlic cloves, minced

Directions

1. Preheat your oven to 350F.
2. Place the wedges skin-side down on a foil-lined baking sheet. Toss with olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Bake for 25 minutes.
3. Meanwhile, combine the ketchup, soy, honey, lime juice & zest and garlic in a small sauce pan. Bring to a boil then reduce to a simmer, stirring frequently. Allow to reduce and thicken for 10 minutes.
4. When the 25 minutes elapse, remove the potatoes from the oven and turn on the broiler. Ensure the oven rack is in the middle.
5. Brush the sauce on to the sweet potato wedges and put them back in the oven for 10 minutes, brushing on the sauce at least one more time.

New Family Traditions

16 Sep

Growing up, my parents always did the holiday dinners. My job was to be the helper: setting the table, peeling things, tidying up around the house, etc. Thanksgiving is always held up at the cottage and a few years ago, my mom decided that she no longer had the inclination to haul a turkey and all the accompanying dishes up north, so turkey was out and ham was in.

Now, there’s nothing *wrong* with ham, per se, but it’s just…it’s just not Thanksgiving. So, a couple of years ago, my brother and I took on T-giving duties. My side of the bargain: turkey, mashed potatoes, veggies. My brother does the stuffing and brings dessert; dad does the gravy; and mom’s in charge of cranberries. I was a little nervous makin’ up the bird for the first time, but I think we were all pleased at how it turned out! OK…so I was very proud. I didn’t poison anyone and I didn’t turn the white meat into sawdust! And  I had some fun chasing my brother around the cottage, threatening him with the turkey neck…

So, this year, there will be an herb-crusted turkey. And cornbread stuffing, courtesy of the awesome husband. There will be veggies and salad and mashed potatoes and gravy and cranberries and dessert. Most importantly, my family will be around the dinner table teasing each other, relaxing and enjoying each other’s company. For all of this, there is much to be thankful.

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