Thanksgiving has always been one of my favorite holidays…..well except for the ones I’ve worked.   It’s a day to see family and friends, a time to come together and give thanks for all the blessings  you have in your life.   This year we’ll be celebrating at home in Florida and it will be the first Thanksgiving in a long time that we didn’t have one of our furbabies around to help us celebrate.   They  were truly a blessing that we will both miss this year.

Fortunately for us our extended Orlando Family , Greg, Carolyn and Jenn will bringing over their furbaby Hartley to join in the celebration.

When preparing our Thanksgiving Day Feast , I’m pretty traditional in the fare that I serve Lisa and our guests.  Although  I can be pretty creative, Thanksgiving is not the time I try to come up with new dishes.  For us its the basics,  Turkey & Gravy, Stuffing, Mashed Potatoes, Cole Slaw, Green Beans and Cranberry  Sauce.    We don’t usually eat Sweet Potatoes, but this year I will be trying out one of the recipes I’ve shared today  my Roasted Sweet Potato-Apple creation.

Of course they’ll be a few pies for dessert, a traditional Pumpkin Pie with fresh whipped cream and more than likely an Apple dessert of some sort (pie or crisp)

This being my first Thanksgiving Gluten Free  I’ll also be experimenting with a GF stuffing (don’t worry they’ll still be a Gluten Full stuffing on the table as well), so far the GF lifestyle hasn’t been a big challenge.  But as I get back into baking, I’m sure its going to get interesting!

Below you’ll find two of my Sweet Potato recipes, Cole Slaw, and Cranberry Sauce to help you with your Holiday table.   The first is really delicious and healthy, my  Roasted Sweet Potato-Apple with onions……its yummy!

Roasted Sweet Potato and Apples

Of course you can really jazz up your sweet potatoes and make them more family friendly by mashing them!  And adding a few of your own touches will really liven up the flavors.  In this version I added apple butter, brown sugar and cinnamon.

Mashed Apple Butter Sweet Potatoes 2

And of course it can’t be Thanksgiving without Cranberry Sauce, and in our house you’ll always find Cole Slaw on our holiday menu.

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Have a Great Holiday, no matter what you serve and remember to count your blessing and be thankful for all you have in your life.

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Thanksgiving Recipes
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Author: Chef Dennis
Recipe type: side dishes
Cuisine: American
Serves: 4
Cranberry Sauce
  • 2 cups fresh or frozen cranberries
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup Sugar
  • 1 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tsp orange zest
Cole Slaw
  • 1 head of cabbage – cored and sliced very thinly
  • ½ small carrot, grated
  • 1½ cups mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt (or to taste)
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper (or to taste)
Roasted Sweet Potatoes and Apples
  • 4 large sweet potatoes – peeled and sliced
  • 3 large apples – peeled and sliced
  • 1 small onion – large chop
  • Sea Salt to taste
  • Black Pepper to taste
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • olive oil
Mashed Sweet Potatoes with Apple Butter
  • 6 large sweet potatoes
  • ½ cup apple butter
  • 4 tbsp butter
  • sea salt to taste
  • ½ tsp cinnamon (optional)
Cranberry Sauce
  1. place all ingredients in a small sauce pan and bring to a boil, allow to continue a slow boil for 5 minutes
  2. reduce heat and allow to simmer for 15 minutes, sauce will thicken
  3. allow to cool for about 20 minutes, then refrigerate over night.
  4. Cranberry sauce will become jellied when fully chilled.
Cole Slaw
  1. Mix mayonnaise, sugar, vinegar, sea salt and black pepper in a small bowl, blending the ingredients completely. Allow to sit for about 5 minutes so sugar fully dissolves, then remix the ingredients
  2. Mix together cabbage and grated carrot, then add in cole slaw dressing and mix well to make sure the mixture is thoroughly coated.
  3. Refrigerate until ready to use.
  4. Cole slaw needs to sit at least 4 hours before eating, and its best to make it the day before.
Roasted Sweet Potaotes and Apples
  1. Peel and cut sweet potatoes into medium sized chunks, coat with olive oil and season with salt and pepper add onion chunks and place on a cookie sheet in a 350 degree oven for 15 minutes before adding apples.
  2. Peel and cut apples into medium sized chunks, coat with brown sugar and cinnamon and place on cookie sheet with sweet potatoes after they have cooked 15 minutes and cook for an additional 15 minutes.
  3. remove from oven and mix both together , place on a serving platter and sprinkle with chopped parsely.
Mashed Sweet Potatoes with Apple Butter
  1. Peel and cut sweet potatoes into medium sized chunks.
  2. Place sweet potaotes in boiling salted water and cook for 15-20 miinutes or until tender
  3. drain potaotes well and in a mixing bowl add the potatoes and butter and whip untill butter is melted.
  4. Add in apple butter, salt, and cinnamon and whip until fully incorporated
  5. place in serving bowl and serve immediately or keep warm in 200 degree oven until ready to serve

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