Inspired by my recent media trip with Princess Cruises, last week I shared with you a recipe for Bacon Spinach Salad from a cookbook I received on the Caribbean Princess ship. After experiencing some amazing food and service on board, I wanted to try to a few recipes from the Princess Cruises chefs. While a lot of dishes inspired by their ports of call are in Courses: A Culinary Journey, I wanted to find a couple of top notch recipes for Thanksgiving dinner. In the back of the cookbook, in a small section filled with lots of supporting recipes I spotted Glazed Sweet Potatoes.
My mom has always made room for some baked sweet potatoes on our Thanksgiving buffet, but she has always served them with butter and pepper. What a great way to spice things up a bit, literally and figuratively with this new recipe! I decided to jazz them up a bit with some toasted walnuts. Typically pecans are my nut of choice, but walnuts are a perfect alternative when you’ve realized you are out of pecans.
- 3 to 4 larger sweet potatoes
- 2 tablespoons brown sugar
- 1 tablespoon maple syrup
- ¼ teaspoon mustard powder
- ¼ teaspoon cayenne powder
- ⅛ teaspoon cinnamon
- salt and pepper
- toasted walnuts (if desired)
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
- Wash sweet potatoes and place on baking tray without pricking or oiling the potatoes.
- Bake just until cooked, approximately 50 minutes. (You don't want to over cook them!) Cool.
- Peel sweet potatoes and cut into medium cubes.
- In large saute pan, heat remain ingredients (except salt and pepper) together to form a light caramel.
- Add potatoes and brown together. Season with salt and pepper and top with toasted nuts if desired. Serve with a drizzle of sauce.
I did cut down the cayenne powder to about 1/8 teaspoon for my own personal tastes, and I found these potatoes to have just the right amount of kick for my taste buds. The recipe states to drizzle the leftover sauces over the top, but I didn’t have any sauce left after I sauteed my potatoes. I would recommend reserving some of the sauce before adding your sweet potatoes or even browning the sweet potatoes in butter and adding the sauce after. Either way, they are still absolutely delicious! I also baked my sweet potatoes one day and finished off the recipe the following day to save time.
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Do you like to serve sweet potatoes for your Thanksgiving meal?
A big thank you to Princess Cruises for inviting us on board their beautiful ship during a media trip. All thoughts are my own.