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One thing I’ve learned about hosting Holiday meals is that people either love or hate sweet potatoes.

I fall into the love camp; however, I’m not fond of the traditional sweet potatoes layered with sugar and marshmallows.

Instead, I prefer to actually taste the sweet potato.  Soft and silky with a hint of Earthiness.

This recipe lets the sweet potato shine and is brightened up with fresh cranberries that adds a bit of tartness.

If you’ve never cooked with fresh cranberries before, don’t eat them raw.  Wowza!  They’ll make you jump back with bitterness.

Once the cranberries are cooked down, however; and allowed to simmer in pure maple syrup, they brighten up and compliment the sweet potatoes well.

These maple cranberry sweet potatoes make a beautifully sweet and Earthy side dish perfect for any Holiday meal.

Maple Cranberry Sweet Potatoes

Maple Cranberry Sweet Potatoes

These maple cranberry sweet potatoes make a beautifully sweet and Earthy side dish perfect for any Holiday meal.

Ingredients:

  • 6 medium sized sweet potatoes
  • 1 1/2 cups organic cranberries
  • 1 cup pure maple syrup
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon (optional)

Method:

  1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add the sweet potatoes, reduce the heat to low, and simmer covered for 25-30 minutes or until the sweet potatoes are fork-tender. Remove the sweet potatoes from the water, set aside, and allow to cool.
  2. While the sweet potatoes are boiling, add the maple syrup to a saucepan. Bring to a boil, lower the heat and simmer for 10-15 minutes
  3. Add the butter, cranberries, optional cinnamon, 1/2 tsp salt and cook just until you hear the cranberries start to "pop."
  4. Once the sweet potatoes have cooled, slice about 1/2" thick and layer in a baking dish. Spoon the maple cranberry syrup over the sweet potatoes and bake at 375F for 25 minutes.
  5. To really jazz these up, you can even add walnuts!
http://www.myhumblekitchen.com/2012/11/maple-cranberry-sweet-potatoes/

Do you love or hate sweet potatoes?  Please share your favorite sweet potato recipes in the comments below.


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