Okay, so granted, pretty, these sweet potatoes are not, especially on the second day when the edges soften and the chunks begin to merge. But I'm willing to bet, take one bite and you'll be as smitten as I. Delicious? You bet. They're just slightly sweet, more fruity really, nothing like a traditional sweet Sweet Potato Casserole but considerably sweeter than last year's favorite new Thanksgiving recipe, the Savory Sweet Potato Casserole.
Plus, they're a great choice for Thanksgiving when oven space can be an issue, or even just for a weeknight meal, a quick vegetable to have waiting once supper's on the table.
SPEAKING OF THANKSGIVING Who else is beginning to think about menus and the annual tug between favorite old family recipes and tempting new recipes? This is my sixth year to add to a collection of vegetables recipes especially for Thanksgiving, see Favorite Recipes for Thanksgiving's Top Twelve Favorite Vegetables. If there will be vegetarians at the table, you'll definitely want to check out Vegetarian Entrées for Thanksgiving. And yes -- more recipes to come now through Thanksgiving!
RECIPE for SLOW COOKER SWEET POTATOES with CRANBERRY & ORANGE
Time to table: 3 - 4 hours
Makes 3-1/2 cups, easily doubled or tripled
Serves 8 in normal-size A Veggie Venture servings (where 1 pound of most vegetables = 4 servings) but would be enough for 16 in a large, multi-course meal such as Thanksgiving
Please Note: I cook these sweet potatoes in my favorite small slow cooker, one suited for cooking for one or two and definitely smaller than the hulking behemoths we use to make chili and stew for a crowd, say. Even two pounds of sweet potatoes would get lost, I fear, in a larger slow cooker. To be specific, my small slow cooker holds 1.5 quarts. (Does anyone even think in quarts anymore? Translation: My small slow cooker holds five cups comfortably and six cups filled to the very top.)
4 tablespoons frozen orange juice concentrate
4 tablespoons water
1 tablespoon butter
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon kosher salt
2 pounds sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into one-inch or half-inch pieces
1/2 cup (46g) dried cranberries
COOKING LIQUID In a slow cooker, combine all the Cooking Liquid ingredients. Heat on high while prepping the sweet potatoes.
SWEET POTATOES Stir in the sweet potatoes and cranberries, stirring to coat with the liquid.
SLOW COOK Cover and cook on high for 3 to 4 hours, stirring occasionally to coat the sweet potatoes with the liquid.
TO MAKE AHEAD Cook completely in the slow cooker. Let cool and refrigerate. Reheat in the slow cooker or in the microwave. When made ahead, the sweet potatoes continue to soften, leaving the chunks less discernible, almost like soft chunks in a sweet potato-y sauce. Very good!
ALANNA's TIPS & KITCHEN NOTES
To help the cranberries go further, chop them a little in a food processor a bit.
If someone gives the sweet potatoes an occasional stir, these can cook almost all day, the second batch I left on for 6 hours.
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