Can you believe that it’s almost Thanksgiving Day. It’s my favorite holiday of the year, partly due to the fact that it’s the least commercial. We can enjoy the pleasure of being with loved ones for the of the sake of their good company, no other reason—except the good food, of course! Members of TheRecipeRedux are sharing their memories of food from past Thanksgivings. You can visit the other sites by clicking on any of the links below for more memories.
As for most Americans, being with family at this time of the year is an important part of the holiday. It’s a time to reunite and just hang together. What has changed over the years is the food, at least at my house. When I was little I didn’t like much of the traditional meal. No cranberry sauce for me—no no. And hold the stuffing, please. Sweet potatoes? Well, ok, if there are lots of marshmallows on top. Mashed potatoes and gravy, yes please, and some of that turkey, and pumpkin pie, too. Those were then, and still are favorites.
Years back my mother changed Grandma’s recipe for cranberry sauce by adding orange to it, making it less acidic and more tasty. I also like to add walnuts, chopped pears and apples for more texture. Stuffing? That hasn’t changed but my taste buds have developed since I was little. These days there isn’t any food I don’t like at the Thanksgiving spread. The one food that . . . → Read More: Sweet Potato Casserole Lightened Up
Today I’m making some delicious sweet potato patties. Did you ever make patty cakes when you were little? You might have even sung the pat-a-cake, or patty cake song as you made them. “Patty cake, patty cake, baker’s man. Bake me a cake as fast as you can. Pat it, and roll it, and stick it in the oven, and bake that cake for baby and me!”
Making any kind of patty always takes me back to those childhood memories. I really enjoyed making them as a little girl, but now when I make them they are with real, and delicious food and what could be more enjoyable than that? I was going to tell you about big muddy messes my little brother used to make when he was little but my son Gabriel told me it would be better to leave it out. You wouldn’t want people mixing that image with delicious food.
Sweet Potatoes are considered a power food. They are high in vitamin A and C, and they are also a good source of manganese, copper, vitamin B6 , potassium and fiber. They also have anti-inflammatory properties and blood sugar regulating benefits. Consider that when you eat sweet potato patties you’re doing your body a lot of good. Maybe if kids were allowed to make sweet potato patties they might forget about those nasty old mud pies.
PrintSweet Potato Patties with Egg
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
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Sweet Potato Curry
I often hear the same old question from a dazed shoppers looking at the tubers on display, “Is this a sweet potato or a yam?” There are two reasons why consumers are stumped when buying sweet potatoes. Years ago, African slaves saw the sweet potatoes here and they called them yams because they resembled the hard tubers in Africa, so eventually the sweet potato became know as the yam. To buy an African yam, a real yam, which is not even related to a sweet potato, you would have to go a specialty shop.
The second reason for the confusion, sweet potato or yam, relates to the different varieties of sweet potatoes in most grocery stores. The most common are the O’Henry, which has pale copper skin and light colored flesh; the Japanese, which has dark red skin and white flesh; and the Covington, which has dark rose skin and orange flesh. The Covington is the variety most people believe is a yam, or refer to as a yam, even though it is a sweet potato. So in answer to the question, “Is it a sweet potato or a yam?” It’s both. It’s a sweet potato but it’s called a yam. In fact, the USDA now requires supermarkets to use both labels together.
Covington – This is the variety of sweet potato that most people think of as a yam.
A medium-sized sweet potato has four times the recommended . . . → Read More: Sweet Potato Curry