It’s not all about the Turkey. Thanksgiving is probably one of the most natural holidays celebrated throughout the year. We probably don’t consciously say thanks often enough anyway although it is probably one of he most unifying and positive feelings we feel. So to everybody celebrating the traditional American Thanksgiving today in the US and around the world, a very happy, peaceful and safe holiday.
If you haven’t received an invitation to dinner and don’t feel like cooking a turkey, you can still experience the essential taste, the essence of Thanksgiving dinner. Sweet potatoes. It’s all about the sweet potatoes. Here’s a loose set of directions for creating your very own take on them. Take note that this is not a recipe rather a rough guideline.
You will need per 2/3 portions – 3 sweet potatoes, pecans, lemon, honey or syrup
Preheat your oven to 200 F.
Peel and cut your sweet potatoes into medium size chunks
Toss the sweet potatoes with olive oil, season with salt and pepper.
Bake on baking paper for ca 25 -30 minutes, until it softens.
Add some roughly chopped and some whole Pecans lightly tossed in butter or oil.
Sprinkle the potatoes and pecans with your preferred spices. ( My personal favourites are chilli powder, a little curry powder ) and drizzle Honey or Maple Syrup/Golden Syrup over everything giving a little mix to spread evenly.
Return to the oven for another 5 to 10 minutes but check repeatedly to make sure the pecans only roast and don’t burn. Then just when it smells like heaven (very shortly before it burns) whip that thing right out of the oven, give it a little squeeze of lemon.!
(Always use oven- gloves when handling oven trays). The holiday season is officially open. Let’s be thankful for all we have. Safe travelling.