and just like that, thanksgiving is upon us. my family will be gathering at my grandma’s house for a traditional thanksgiving with all of the usual suspects: a giant turkey, mashed potatoes and gravy, stuffing, rolls, and steamed veggies. my grandma’s been making it that way her entire life, and we don’t tend to stray away from her tradition. but that doesn’t mean we don’t have a bit of fun on our own. my sister came over this weekend, eager to try out a recipe for “healthy” candied yams that she’d dreamt up the night before. it turned out so good, that we’ve decided that we might as well entertain ourselves with all of our own thanksgiving alternatives in the days before and after this most gluttonous of holidays.
a variation on candied yams
- 4 cups cubed sweet potatoes (you can also go half and half with butternut squash if you like!)
- 2 Tbsps olive oil, or enough to coat the potatoes
- 3 – 4 Tbsps maple syrup
- 1 Tbsp orange zest
- juice of half an orange
- 1 1/2 cups fresh cranberries
- 1 cup pecans, lightly chopped
set oven to 400 degrees. toss the potatoes lightly in olive oil and bake in the oven until tender, about 20 – 25 minutes. remove from the oven and stir in the orange juice, pecans, and cranberries. drizzle with maple syrup to taste, then return to the over for an additional 15 minutes, or until the dish has caramelized. let rest for a few minutes and enjoy with your favorite thanksgiving dishes!