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When you think of Thanksgiving dinner, all the classics come to mind. For an entrée, you will likely serve some type of meat, such as turkey, ham, chicken, or duck. You might even go meatless and serve a Tofurkey instead. As much as everyone looks forward to seeing that main dish steaming on the table, let’s be honest. The sides really make the meal.
The homemade turkey dinner might catch your attention, but those delicious bowls of potatoes, green beans, corn, cranberry sauce, and butter rolls are what really make your mouth water. One of the most popular Thanksgiving side dishes is sweet potatoes or yams. There are a million ways to make them, and it’s pretty hard to mess them up.
Sweet Potato Recipe Substitutions
One of the great things about this family style sweet potatoes recipe is that you can really make it your own and change it up if you don’t like it the way it is. If anyone in your family has a food allergy or is a picky eater, you can easily make up a batch of these sweet potatoes and substitute some of the ingredients.
You can easily leave out the maple syrup if you don’t enjoy this flavor. The other spices and brown sugar will still give the potatoes a sticky sweetness that will hit the spot. If you prefer sweet potatoes that are more sweet than savory, you can also leave out the onions.
Sweet Potato Toppings
A lot of people are happy with plain family
Sweet Potato Serving Ideas
When it comes to serving these
- 4 medium sized yams
- 2 Tablespoons butter
- 2–3 large Vidalia sweet Onions
- 6 Tablespoon light brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon
- 2 Tablespoons maple syrup
- Fresh ground pepper
- Cook yams in oven for about 1 hour at 400°F. Make sure they are soft to the touch when done.
- In a sauté pan (non-stick), combine the margarine and onions (slice, then chopped). Let onions soften. Add the brown sugar, maple syrup, and cinnamon into the sauté pan. Let it caramelize the onions.
- When potatoes are done, peel off the skins and put into a large serving bowl. Mush them up a little, add a little bit of butter.
- Then take the onion mixture, drain, and pour them on top of the potatoes. Sprinkle with a little more brown sugar and fresh ground pepper.