The Communal Table: A Virtual Thanksgiving

This year I’ll be attending more than one Thanksgiving meal.  Food Network along with a variety of other food-centric web sites has invited food bloggers to a virtual Thanksgiving and I am planning on being at the communal table.  The bloggers that are participating have to bring one dish “to the table.”  The dish I am bringing is Mashed Sweet Potatoes.

A simple, yet delicious recipe that doesn’t require much effort, while adding your own flavor preferences.  I make mine with cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger to taste, so it’s sweet with a bit of a kick.  Here’s the recipe adapted from the Joy of Cooking:

2 pounds sweet potatoes or yams, scrubbed (and peeled only if desired)
4 Tbsp (1/2 stick) butter, softened
Salt to taste

Boil potatoes until thoroughly tender.  Drain and pour potatoes back into potMash and add butter.  Mix or beat potatoes til smooth or to desired texture.  Add cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger or additional flavors such as:

chopped pecans or walnuts
diced crystallized ginger
brown Sugar
bourbon or dry sherry
grated orange or lemon zest

My Internet dining companions brought:

Cocktails, Appetizers, Soups and Salads:
Eat Be Mary: She’s Mulling It Over Wine
Cookistry: Bread With Ancient Grains
Celebrity Chefs and Their Gardens: The American Hotel Peconic Clam Chowder
Picky Eater Blog: Butternut Squash Soup With Thyme and Parmesan
Good Food Good Friends: Mushroom Soup

Mains: Grilled Quail with a Warm Beet, Frisée, and Pistachio Salad
She Wears Many Hats: Mayonnaise Roasted Turkey

Living Mostly Meatless: Vegan-Friendly Corn Casserole
Healthy Green Kitchen: Red Kuri Squash Pie
The Naptime Chef: Crispy Rosemary Fingerling Potatoes
Gluten-Free Blondie: Apple and Cranberry Studded Stuffing
Eat Drink Man Woman Dogs Cat: Blue Cheese and Rosemary Celebration Potatoes
Burnt Lumpia: Turkey, Sweet Potato and Cranberry Empanadas
Panfusine: Pan Fried Polenta Seasoned With Cumin, Ginger & Black Pepper
Homemade Cravings: Warm Brussels Sprouts and Cranberry Slaw
Bakeaholic Mama: Maple Roasted Brussels Sprouts With Crispy Prosciutto
Show Food Chef: Beer-Braised Brussels Sprouts
T’s Tasty Bits: Sweet Empanadas with Pumpkin and Lupini Beans Filling
The Amused Bouche Blog: Braised Kale
The Little Kitchen: How to Make the Perfect Mashed Potatoes

The Macaron Queen: Macaron Tower
Poet In The Pantry: Amaretto Apple Crisp
Farm Girl Gourmet: Pumpkin Coconut Panna Cotta
That’s Forking Good: Cinnamon Chip Pumpkin Blondies
Out of the Box Food: Out of the Box Food Maple Pumpkin Pie
Cake Baker 35: Orange Spiced Pumpkin Pie
Lisa Michele: Pumpkin, Pecan, Cheesecake Pie
Food For My Family: Buttermilk Custard Pear Pie
Simple Bites: Black-Bottom Maple Pumpkin Pie
A Cooks Nook: Swedish Apple Pie
Yakima Herald: Pretzel Jell-O Salad
How Does She: Three of Our Favorite Desserts
Dollhouse Bake Shoppe: Thanksgiving Candy Bar Name Plates
Sweet Fry: Pumpkin Latte
Tasty Trials: Spiced Apple Panna Cotta With Caramelized Apples and Caramel Sauce
An Uneducated Palate: Puff Pastry Apple Tart
Frugal Front Porch: Mini Cheaty Cheesecakes

Kitchen Courses: Thanksgiving for Six People Under $60


3 thoughts on “The Communal Table: A Virtual Thanksgiving

  1. Looks soooo yummy! I am going to be cruising somewhere on the pacific ocean for Thanksgiving this year but I will be making these in the near future- I LOVE sweet potatoes!!!! I am also dying to try to make the beer-braised brussel sprouts.

  2. This looks like a great blog!! (Found it through Liana, yay!) Do you have an RSS feed that I can subscribe to? Didn’t see one but would love to follow it 😉 In the meantime I’ll follow your tweets!

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