Apple Butter Glazed Sweet Potatoes uses apple butter for some sweetness. Great for a Thanksgiving side.
If you looked in the basket where we store our potatoes at any given time this fall, you might have seen a Yukon gold or purple potato or two. That is, if you could find them under the piles of sweet potatoes I’ve been keeping on hand. I just can’t get enough of those starchy tubers lately!
For a quick weeknight dinner, I’ll pan-roast some sweet potatoes and mix them with this fresh chorizo that my favorite farmer makes. And of course, the occasional batch of sweet potato fries goes into my oven. But when I already have an entree set and just want a starchy side to go with it, this glazed sweet potato recipe is my new favorite.
Apple butter is my go-to preserve to use in fall cooking and baking. It features all of the warming spices we associate with Thanksgiving and crisp, cool weather and falling leaves. Plus, it adds a little sweetness without being overpowering. This means that in baked goods, like apple hand pies, you can get a more complex flavor than you would with just granulated or brown sugar. And in savory dishes, mixing in some apple butter makes for a brighter, more well-rounded flavor in the final dish.
While we’ve been enjoying these apple butter-glazed sweet potatoes with many of our weeknight dinners, I also think they’d be great for Thanksgiving as an alternative to the more traditional sweet potato casserole. Think about it: they are still sweet and buttery, with that comforting flavor you’d expect from your favorite Thanksgiving dishes, but they are a nice deviation from the marshmallow-topped whipped potatoes. I imagine they’d be excellent next to a big serving of turkey, a few spoonfuls of wineberry salad or cranberry sauce, and a scoop of brussels sprouts, don’t you think?
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