Just mention the word Thanksgiving and most people envision a beautifully roasted turkey taking center stage on the holiday table.
The turkey is actually the easiest part of the entire menu, but if one has never cooked it before there are likely to be many questions.
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There will also be plenty of tempting recipes for side dishes to accompany your masterpiece, but here are just a few to whet the appetite.
Sweet potatoes are as much a “must have” as the turkey, but if the marshmallow-topped version sends the guests into sugar overload, try the Whipped Sweet Potatoes with Caramelized Apples. They’re brimming with flavor and delicately sweet, with each serving containing only a respectable two teaspoons butter, one teaspoon cream and one and a half teaspoons of added sugar.
Finally, if everyone has been eating healthy all year long and really hate to blow it on high- calorie holiday sweets, be sure to try the Low-Fat Pumpkin Pie.
Sweet Potatoes with Caramelized Apples
4 large sweet potatoes, cleaned and pierced several times with the tines of a fork
¼ cup (½ stick) unsalted butter, divided
2 tablespoons heavy cream
½ cup applesauce
2 teaspoons fresh ginger, peeled and grated
1 teaspoon coarse salt
Freshly ground black pepper
2 apples (about 1 pound), peeled, cored, and cut into 1-inch pieces
3 tablespoons granulated sugar
1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Arrange potatoes on a baking sheet and bake until tender, about 1 hour 10 minutes to 1 hour 20 minutes. Remove from oven and let stand until cool enough to handle.
2. Cut each potato in half lengthwise, and scoop the flesh into a large mixing bowl. Discard potato skins.
3. Add 2 tablespoons butter and the cream to the potatoes and beat with an electric mixer at medium speed, until smooth.
4. Mix in the applesauce and ginger; season with salt and pepper
5. Transfer potato mixture to an ovenproof dish and bake until heated through, about 10 minutes.
6. Meanwhile, toss the apples with the granulated sugar in a bowl. Melt the remaining 2 tablespoons butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Add apples and cook, stirring occasionally, until apples are caramelized to a golden brown, about 10 minutes.
7. Remove potato mixture from the oven, top with the caramelized apples, and serve.
Low-Fat Pumpkin Pie
1 (15 oz.) can solid-pack pumpkin
1 (14 oz.) can fat-free sweetened condensed milk
½ cup egg substitute
½ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon ground ginger
½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
½ teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 (9-inch) unbaked pastry shell
1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
2. In a large mixing bowl, beat the first 7 ingredients just until smooth.
3. Pour into pastry shell.
4. Bake for 15 minutes; reduce heat to 350 degrees and continue to bake for 25 to 30 minutes more or until knife inserted near the center comes out clean.
5. Cool completely on a wire rack. Refrigerate any leftovers.