The table is ready, turkey is roasting, dressing and sweet potatoes are waiting finishing touches. All that is missing are those who will gather round.
Thanks to chargers I found at Michaels the table came together quite nicely. They are just the right color to tie the woven cloth and the Della Robbia dishes together.
Another addition are the glasses, a surprising find when I was packing boxes thinking we were going to move. There was a Pier One sticker on them, so I must have bought them on sale at some point.
Crazy, but my accidental napkin rings look like they were made to repeat the acorns and leaves on the glasses. What a happy coincidence!
Since the girls were old enough to work in the kitchen, they chose a dish to provide. One daughter makes a sweet potato casserole, the other desserts. She couldn’t decide what to make this year, so she’s bringing four! I’m thinking we could skip the turkey and dressing and go right for dessert.
The traditional sweet potato casserole has a pecan topping that makes it seem like a dessert, so it makes sense this time to do something with the sweet potatoes that makes them less sweet. Here is the chosen recipe.
Smoked Gouda Mashed Sweet Potatoes
4 T. butter
3 T. heavy whipping cream, divided
1/2 t. coarse salt
1 t. sugar
1/8 t. cayenne pepper
2 lbs. sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1/4″ slices, 1/2 c. shredded smoked Gouda cheese, 6 strips bacon, 2 green onions
Heat the butter, 2 T. of the cream, the salt, sugar, cayenne and sweet potatoes in a large sauté pan over medium heat. When the butter has melted, stir to coat the potatoes. Reduce the heat to low, cover and cook until the potatoes are very tender, stirring occasionally. Removed from heat and add the cheese and remaining T. of cream; cover 1-2 minutes to melt the cheese. Mix thoroughly to mash the potatoes. Top with crumbled bacon and chopped onions just before serving.
Thanksgiving is a favorite holiday because it is a time to focus on all for which we are grateful. Each year when the family is together, we go around the table and each person expresses his/her gratitude. This year my plate is full, and that includes my appreciation for you who follow my musings. You are the reason I continue.