Monday, October 11, 2010

Thanksgiving Recipes

Here are two of my favorite "holiday" recipes.

The Sweet Potato Surprise is a bit of a famous one among my family. I created it by adapting two recipes...years ago...and never eat it!! Sweet Potatoes, while in my southern blood and roots, have only just begun to entice me. I love the fries though!
Anyway, I'm quite proud of this dish because so many people love it. Yes, I will admit that I was a little miffed when my sister tried to copy it for dinner with my cousin, who then, (the cousin) said she was bringing "Annetta's sweet potatoes" to Christmas!! Ack! Pardon moi? Those are my sweet potatoes, not my sisters! My signature dish.
But I digress....This is not one bit good for you or low calorie. Which is probably why the masses love it.
Sweet Potato Surprise
3 cups mashed sweet potatoes
1/2 cup skim milk
2 beaten eggs (or 1/2 cup egg substitute)
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
1 TBSP melted margarine
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 tsp salt
cooking spray
1 cup low fat granola
1/2 cup chopped pecans
1 block cream cheese, softened
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 TBSP melted margarine
Combine first 7 ingredients, beat until blended. Spoon into 8 in square prepared baking dish. Combine granola, pecans & brown sugar. Sprinkle over casserole and drizzle with butter. Bake at 350 for 25 min.

Next on the Holiday Menu is cooked Red Cabbage. Again a dish that I normally would never try. I hate the smell of cooked cabbage, the texture, and anything to do with it. Don't even get me started on the sauerkraut that my mother always made. Yuck!
This recipe is super yum. I could eat this All. Day. Long!

Red Cabbage with Apricots & Balsamic Vinegar
6 TB butter
1 red onion thinly sliced
1/2 tsp allspice
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1 1/2 lbs red cabbage thinly sliced
1/4 cup apricot preserves
3/4 cup dried apricots, sliced
1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
salt & pepper to taste
Melt butter over med-hi heat.
Add onion and spices. Cook 1 min. Add cabbage and apricots. Saute until well coated - 2 min. Add preserves 7 vinegar. Toss until juices are reduced to glaze and cabbage is tender crisp - 6 min. Season with salt and pepper.
Store covered in fridge if making ahead.

What's on your menu this Thanksgiving weekend? Do you have any "secret" well-loved recipes?


  1. yummies! I want to try the red cabbage, that sounds totally new to me. (the sweet potatoes might kill me - ha)

    We didn't have anything traditional this year. And no turkey. yikes. There's probably some therapy in my kids' future...

  2. Sweet potatoes, yum! Can you even believe that Thanksgiving is only a matter of weeks away?! I have been looking around for some new Thanksgiving Recipes when I came across this one. Unfortunately, last year my sister was in charge of the sweet potatoes and lets just say that things ended badly. So this year I am taking them over for the sake of the family lol. I work with Better Recipes so I am always reviewing recipes but Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday and when it comes around I always try to find new ideas. Can't wait to try this one!