Monday, October 13, 2008

Thanksgiving 2008

I didn't really end up do a whole lot of baking this thanksgiving. The family was simply ready to accept that the long-weekend had arrived and relax! Yeah! Nothing better to do with the family than just kick back and catch up on some much needed rest. But of course, if everyone rests during the big day (which we celebrate on Sunday) then there will obviously be no turkey dinner :P Good thing we realized this in time and got crackin' on some thanksgiving dinner prep. My dad was in charge of the turkey, as he always is... we always end up getting the smallest turkey there is, because we usually have so many sides that it's almost impossible to finish the entire turkey (even given an entire week to do so!) My mom was in charge of the roasted potatoes and brussel sprouts. I was in given free reign to cook up some yams and pop-overs... and our good friend "stove-top" was ready and willing to whip up some tasty stuffing :P

Here's the turkey, accompanied by it's friends: potato, stuffing and butter-laden brussel sprouts!

Raisin, Red Onions and Rum Sweet Potatoes

- 1 kg sweet potatoes, peeled and diced into 3/4-inch cubes
- 3 tbsp vegetable oil
- 1/3 cup raisins, soaked in 3 tbsp of dark rum (for at least 10mins)
- 1/4 cup apple cider
- 1 medium red onion, chopped
- 2 tbsp molasses
- 3 tbsp brown sugar
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon, ground
- 1/2 tsp nutmeg, ground
- Salt and pepper to taste

1. Toss together the sweet potatoes and vegetable oil and spread out on a baking sheet, making sure to coat all the pieces of sweet potato with oil
2. Add the molasses, brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, salt and pepper to the sweet potatoes. Mix well until all of the pieces are seasoned.
3. Place in a 350 degree oven and bake for 10mins.
4. Remove pan from oven, and add the raisin+rum mixture and the apple cider (deglazing the pan and preventing the potatoes from burning)
5. Add in the red onions and continue to bake the entire mixture at 350 degrees for another 20mins or until the potatoes are tender.

Hehehe... my dinky (yet tasty) looking cheesy popovers.
Get the recipe: HERE

All-in-all, for a pretty low-key Thanksgiving we had a blast. We spent a lot of time attempting to carve the turkey "properly" but then kinda gave up and ripped it apart (see the first pick for proof). It was great to just forget about school and the stresses of life and simply give thanks for being in good-health and being with family! Here's wishing all of you a HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

1 comment:

Camille said...

Reading about your Thanksgiving and other blogs posting about Canadian T-day has me ready for ours in the US!

I am definitely adding your sweet potato recipe to my menu. It looks fantastic and I think it will be a big hit with the men (I'm the only woman this year. My husband, two boys, brother and father Ack! I better have some good food.)