All of us here at Rosecrest Special Events are feeling very thankful for a fun and busy year planning so many different parties.  And we want to wish all of you a very yummy and wonderful Thanksgiving Day.  Here are a couple of easy recipes you can use to switch up your traditional menu.  It’s always fun to make one or two things a little differently, but do make sure the tried and true recipes and family delights are ready and waiting. This meal is all about tradition!

Suzie’s Maple Sweet Potatoes

  • Boil or bake 6 whole sweet potatoes until cooked through.
  • Peel, slice, and then layer the potatoes in a buttered casserole dish.
  • Drizzle lightly with salt, and then cinnamon.
  • Pour maple syrup (100 % Grade A syrup) generously over the potatoes .  Bake 30 – 45 minutes in 350 oven until the potatoes are candied.  Serves 8-10.
  • Variations:  add dried cranberries or a mix of candied orange peel/dried cranberries before you add the maple syrup for that extra Thanksgiving touch.

Homemade Cranberry Sauce (or, “It Really Is Better Than the Canned Sauce”)

  • 2 – 12 ounce bags of fresh, whole, cranberries
  • 3/4 cup white sugar
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 1 tsp grated orange peel
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • In a medium sized saucepan over medium heat, dissolve both sugars in the orange juice.  Stir in the cranberries and cook until they start to pop (about 15 minutes).  Remove from heat and place sauce in your serving bowl.  It will start to thicken as it cools – serves 8-10 – at room temperature. (Note:  I use this on oatmeal and ice cream the rest of the week!)

Sunflowers make a happy and easy centerpiece this time of year; just cut them low so everyone can see across the table.  And check out the “Barefoot Contessa” for her chicken pot pie recipe – use your leftover turkey in it instead – delicious!

Happy Thanksgiving everyone – enjoy every bite!