Sunday Morning Coffee +Thanksgiving Leftovers 2FER: SWEET POTATOES
Our folks at LaRosa don’t get to enjoy the best part of Thanksgiving: the cooks do a great job of Thanksgiving dinner, but food service protocol doesn’t allow for next-day meals of leftovers. Our Canadian Thanksgiving in October gave me a chance to share some of our leftovers with my friends in special treats for Sunday morning. This year, one of our new favourites starts with my version of a Thanksgiving standard: Sweet Potatoes or Yams. Here’s my recipe for Thanksgiving dinner followed by the 2fer recipe beginning with leftovers as a base to build a wonderful autumn treat.
Sweet Potato Bake
I’m not a fan of sweet main course sides: I don’t get the appeal of yams with marshmallows. But, sweet potatoes or yams are a must-serve item for Thanksgiving dinner, so I’ve developed my own no-fuss take on this dish. (Sorry, there’s no photo for this part: my kitchen is no place for a camera when I’m cooking for a crowd!]
- 2-3 large sweet potatoes or yams, peeled and sliced half-inch thick. I usually cut these in half for half-circles so they’re easier to layer;
- 3 slightly underripe pears – Bosc are my favourites, but any that aren’t mushy will do. If the skins are thin and attractive, you can leave them on, or peel if desired. Core and cut into slices.
Toss potatoes or yams in a bowl with a little olive oil [no more than a tablespoon], then layer in the casserole dish alternating with pear slices. You can drizzle with a little maple syrup if you wish. Sprinkle with about
- 1 tsp nutmeg
- salt and pepper to taste.
Cover with foil and bake. I do my bird at 325°, so I put these in alongside my roasting pan about an hour before it’s done. Test after about 45 minutes: if potatoes are fork tender, remove foil and let brown for 10-15 minutes. Serves 10-12 if you have other side dishes.
As usual, I made way more food than we could eat, anticipating leftovers. About 1/2 of the sweet potato dish was left, so I adapted an on-line recipe from Taste of Home to use them. The little bit of pear was a lovely light addition to this special autumn cake: everyone who tried it agreed “Yum!” (I’m sure this would still be a hit with any sweet potato leftovers: if you sweeten yours for Thanksgiving, you’ll want to reduce the sugar accordingly.)
Sweet Potato Cake
Start by scooping the leftovers into a stand mixer bowl and beat on medium until thoroughly mashed, or mash as you would potatoes. Measure the sweet potato mix and return 2 cups to the bowl and beat with
- 1 3/4 cups sugar
- 1/2 cup softened butter or margarine
Beat until well mixed, then beat in
- 1/2 cup warm water
- 2 large eggs
- 3 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 2 teaspoon ground cinnamon**
- 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger**
- 1/4 teaspoon cloves**
- 1/4 teaspoon cardamom**
- **SUBSTITUTE Pumpkin Pie spice if you prefer for any or all of the spices.
Add all at once to the sweet potato mixture. Mix just until moist, then stir in
- 1 cup dried cranberries or raisins (I used Craisins®)
- 3/4 cup chopped pecans or walnuts
Spoon into a well-greased 10″ bundt pan or tube pan. Bake at 350° for about 1 hour, or until a toothpick inserted near centre comes out clean. Cool in pan on rack for 10-15 minutes before turning out to cool completely. Before serving, dust lightly with
- Icing sugar
Next time I may try this in a 9×13 pan: perhaps with cream cheese frosting? I’m betting it will make a wonderful dessert to serve after Turkey Pot Pie.
HINT: More than 2 cups of sweet potatoes/yams? Freeze leftovers to add to muffins or pancakes for added nutrition.
Looking for more post-Thanksgiving recipes? Quilter’s Neighbourhood, has a couple of our favourite Thanksgiving leftover recipes: Turkey Pot Pie and Cranberry Muffins here.