I think a lot of us make this holiday way more complicated than it needs to be. We spend days (or even weeks!) seeking out new recipes, creating elaborate menus, and figuring out fancy techniques to bust out on the big day.
And the weird part is that, often, the thing people love most about Thanksgiving are the old favorites!
So this year, we're going to keep things simple. (But we're still going to have some fun!)
And the best part? SO easy. You puree a few ingredients, pour them over the sweet potatoes, and bake.
I'm NOT even going to make you peel the potatoes! Awesome, right?
Because while these sweet potatoes are amazing served as-is (seriously...I'm talking spicy, smokey, and a little bit sweet...so perfect!), they're also a great base for some super creative (and easy!) serving ideas.
I love this because it gives you a chance to personalize and customize your dish, while still keeping everyone happy.
Read on, and get inspired!
1. Spicy Avocado, Red Onion & Sweet Potato Salad
To make, you just layer the cooked sweet potatoes (recipe at the end of the post!) over a bed of arugula with avocado wedges and thinly sliced red onions. Garnish with fresh cilantro and red chile flakes, drizzle with a bit of olive oil and fresh lime juice just before serving. This one can be served warm or at room temperature. You may have to double the recipe because it goes FAST!
2. Sweet Potatoes with Bacon, Mint & Goat Cheese
Add some sweet and savory Mediterranean influence by tossing your cooked sweet potatoes with chopped sweet dates, fresh mint, and crumbled goat or feta cheese. Just a few ingredients, but the results are incredible.
3. Roasted Sweet Potatoes with Spinach, Bacon & Pecans
You knew one of these ideas would have to include bacon, right?
I love this twist on a classic spinach & bacon salad. Toss baby spinach with the cooked sweet potatoes and garnish generously with crisped and chopped bacon, fresh thyme, and toasted chopped pecans. Drizzle with olive oil and a bit of red wine vinegar, just before serving. So perfect.
4. Roasted Sweet Potatoes with Grapes & Yogurt
So simple, but so impressive, you fancy chef, you!
5. Pomegranate and Lime Sweet Potatoes
I lied. This one is my real favorite.
Pomegranates are one of the prettiest things about fall, and they definitely belong on your Thanksgiving table. Spread sour cream or creme fraiche in an even layer on your serving plate, then top with the cooked sweet potatoes, pomegranate seeds, black pepper, and fresh cilantro. Drizzle the whole thing with fresh lime juice (and include a few extra wedges for serving!).
The sweet, spicy, and tart combination is out of this world!
I hope this post inspired you to have fun with some of your classic recipes this Thanksgiving. Stay tuned for more ideas from me, and hop on over to the Coca-Cola Pinterest Page for some more fun recipe and party inspiration.
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Chipotle and Coca-Cola Braised Sweet Potatoes
6 large sweet potatoes
1 1/2 cups Coca-Cola
1/2 cup chicken or vegetable broth
3 garlic cloves
2 chipotle peppers in adobo sauce + 2 tablespoons adobo sauce from the same can
4 tablespoons butter, cut into pieces.
Kosher salt and black pepper, to taste
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
Scrub sweet potatoes and slice into 1-inch thick slices (no need to peel). Arrange in a baking dish or roasting pan with at least 2” sides.
In a blender, combine Coca-cola, garlic, chipotle peppers, and adobo sauce. Puree until smooth for 1 minute, then pour over sweet potatoes. Season generously with kosher salt and black pepper.
Top off with pats of butter, then cover with foil and bake for 25 minutes. Remove foil, then bake an additional 20 minutes, or until tender. Taste and adjust seasoning with additional salt and pepper, as desired. Serve as-is or with one of the suggested topping ideas described in the post above!