Sunday, November 27, 2011

Thanksgiving Recap


This year Thanksgiving was a low key event.

Only 10 people.


So, I told my Mother-in-law that I would help out by making the potatoes.

Then, I decided to make a new dish this year.

In addition to the potatoes I made Roasted Garlic Yams.

This dish is different from the yam dished usually served around the holidays, which are packed with brown sugar and maple syrup.

I'm a huge fan of these yams with marshmallows melted on top, but as I'm trying to watch my weight the sugary yams are out.

Roasted Garlic Yams

  • 6 Yams, scrubbed

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  • 1 head of garlic, cloves separated and unpeeled

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  • 1/2 cup low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons fresh rosemary leaves, chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • Fresh ground black pepper, to taste
  • 4 large egg whites
  • 1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • olive oil cooking spray
  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees
  • Using a fork, prick each potato 2 to 3 times.
  • Place potatoes on a baking sheet, transfer to oven and bake for 45 minutes to 1 hour, until softened.
  • Meanwhile, loosely wrap garlic in foil, sealing tightly.
  • Place on a separate baking sheet, transfer to oven and bake for 30 to 35 minutes, until softened but not burned.
  • Remove potatoes and garlic from oven and let cool.
  • When cool enough to handle, peel potatoes and place in a large bowl.
  • Add broth and use potato masher to mash until smooth.
  • Stir in rosemary, salt and pepper.
  • Up until this point can be done the night before.
  • In a separate large bowl, combine egg whites and cream of tartar.
  • Using an electric mixer, beat on high speed until stiff peaks form
  • With a rubber spatula, gently fold half of egg whites into potato mixture until just a few streaks are visible.
  • Fold in remaining egg whites, allowing a few small white streaks to remain visible.
  • Coat a 9x13-inch baking dish with cooking spray.
  • Add potato mixture, using a spatula to smooth top

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  • Bake for 30 to 35 minutes, until top is lightly browned.
  • Serve hot.


I hope that all of you had a wonderful Holiday and weekend.


My weekend was full of Christmas decorating, a Hell's Kitchen marathon, and a craft fair with my co-worker.


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