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Sweet Potato/Yam-A Thanksgiving Blog

posted Nov 25, 2015, 11:21 AM by Scott Kilpatrick   [ updated Feb 20, 2018, 11:44 AM by Community Services ]
By Mike Lockwood

It’s Thanksgiving! And it’s time to stuff ourselves with hearty food, with the one’s we love!  We know all about the minimum meal items: mashed potatoes, gravy, pies, cranberry sauce, THE TURKEY, etc. Is there anything else…? Wait! The yams!

The yam, also known as the sweet potato, is a typical item in a thanksgiving meal.  You can mash it, bake it, chop it, and put marshmallows on it. In addition, they are high in Vitamin C and you can achieve its nutritional benefits by either boiling or steaming them.  For more information, check out the following link (http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=64).

Basically, you can do a lot with it depending on personal tastes.  However, if you are looking for a creative way to use sweet potatoes, consider baking it.  It is called the Jacket Sweet Potato and it comes from the cookbook, Good And Cheap, by Leanne Brown.  It is considered a snack in her book, but it would make a nice side dish for thanksgiving.  The recipe calls for 4 servings and you can be creative in what you would like to put on it other than the proceeding ingredients.  Below are the ingredients and directions on how to cook Jacket Sweet Potatoes (Note: This is straight from the Good And Cheap cookbook.  If you want to learn more cheap ingredients or want to know more about the book, click on the following link http://www.leannebrown.com/).

Here is what you will need:

·         4 large sweet potatoes

·         Slate and pepper, to taste

·         ¼ cup sour cream

·         ½ bunch scallions, finely chopped


1)      Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.

2)      Scrub the sweet potatoes and stab them with a fork a few times.  Lay them on a baking sheet.

3)      Bake for 60-75 minutes.  Because sweet potatoes vary greatly in size, stick them with along knife after an hour to check them.  If it goes through easily, they’re ready.  If not, bake longer.

4)      Let the potatoes cool for 15 minutes.  Make a long cut along the top of each potato and open them gently.  Beat the soft, orange middle with a fork to fluff it up.

5)      Sprinkle with salt and pepper.  Let each person add sour cream and scallions (or more salt and pepper) to their taste.

I hope this brings inspiration to each and every one of you while you are cooking your thanksgiving meals.  Happy Thanksgiving!