Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Apple Whipped Sweet Potatoes

My husband won't eat my famous Thanksgiving sweet potatoes. He is an adventurous eater, but he has his likes and dislikes, and sweet potatoes fall firmly into his will-not-eat category. Guess what? I make this for Thanksgiving anyway, every single year. Sometimes for Christmas, too!

Apple Whipped Sweet Potatoes

6 cups sliced, peeled apples
6 cups cubed, peeled fresh sweet potatoes (about 2.5 lbs)
3 cups apple juice or cider
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1/2 tsp ginger
2 T butter
2/3 cup firmly packed brown sugar

Place apples, sweet potatoes, and apple juice in a saucepan; cover. Cook over medium heat about 20 minutes or until tender; drain.

Add salt, spices, butter, and sugar to apple mixture. Mash with mixer or by hand until potatoes are smooth. Spread evenly in an ovenproof serving dish. (At this point you can cover it and keep it in the refrigerator for a day before serving.) Bake, uncovered, in a preheated 350 F oven for 15 minutes (or longer if it's been in the fridge). Serves 10. Recipe may easily be halved.

I don't have any photos of the apple whipped sweet potatoes because I won't be making them until Sunday to bring to my daughter's Thanksgiving potluck on Monday. I can tell you it looks like mashed sweet potatoes! And please don't get me started on these school Thanksgiving potlucks. Why do we need a full Thanksgiving meal three days before Thanksgiving? Grumble grumble grumble.

In lieu of food photos, I give you these two photos of our cats.

This is Tiger. If you look closely, you will see that the whiskers on her right are bitten short. I was trying to get a good photo of this because she looks so silly with her mismatched whiskers, but she is as bad as the kids when it comes to having her photo taken, all motion and blurriness and silliness when the camera comes out.

Here is the reason for the short whiskers, her sister Daisy, who bites off Tiger's whiskers while the two are snuggled up together. Daisy was happy to sit still for a portrait, probably to show off her lovely set of full whiskers.

Don't let that innocent expression fool you.

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