It is said that friends are the family we choose for ourselves and Franksgiving (friends’ Thanksgiving) is no exception. Today, a group of us gathered together with our best dishes to share and said, “Rub-a-dub-dub; thanks for the grub.” We also played a questionable game of Scattergories, Christmas pop songs, and watched two out of five dogs urinate on a carpet. I feel like I’m going to need a Lamaze class to get rid of what my friend has called the big giant “food baby” presently growing in my abdomen, but whatever – lots of laughs and beverages were enjoyed. It’s all in a day’s work.
My dish was one of the few that did not feature a stick of butter. In fact, it has no butter in it at all. Despite this, it is always a Thanksgiving crowd pleaser and is very light and tasty. I thought I would share it with you in time for the holiday in the event you are looking for a dish that breaks up all that buttery carb-tastic decadence and still manages to be delicious. I started making these many years ago when I went through an episode where I could not digest dairy. I did a little substitution today since my friend can’t have soy or he winds up sweating like a hooker in church. So you go ahead and use whatever works best for you.
Lady Sensory’s You Won’t Hate Yourself Tomorrow Mashed Sweet Potatoes
This serves 10-12 people, reduce recipe if needed.
10-11 sweet potatoes/ yams – I used a mix of Jersey White (yellow sweet potatoes) and traditional yams (orange flesh)
1 cup dried cranberries
1/2 cup of real (not that Mrs. Butterworth pancake stuff) maple syrup
3/4 vanilla almond milk (or vanilla soy milk if your friends aren’t allergic)
3/4 cup fresh squeezed orange juice (I used the juice of about 7 clementines and they were delicious in this)
1 tsp freshly ground nutmeg
1 tsp ground cinnamon (preferably Saigon)
1/2 tsp ground cloves
1/2 tsp ground allspice
1/2 tsp ground ginger
Salt and black pepper, to taste
Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Bake sweet potatoes on foil-lined cookie sheets for about 1 – 1.5 hours, until soft. Remove from the oven and allow to cool slightly. In a large bowl, combine the dried cranberries, maple syrup, orange juice, all dried spices, salt, and pepper. Heat the vanilla almond milk in the microwave for a couple of minutes until hot, but not boiling. Add to the mixture. Peel skins off of the roasted potatoes and put the flesh in the bowl with the fruit, spice, and liquid mixture. Mash until well incorporated. You can serve immediately or refrigerate until ready to serve. These are perfectly acceptable to make the night before or to enjoy as leftovers for a couple days afterward.
Now go make like that Dave Matthews character and eat, drink, and be merry. Happy Franksgiving!