We lightened up the usual dense and heavy sweet potato puree by folding beaten egg whites into them. The result fluffy, light—and still full of rich sweet potato flavor. We also replaced the dated marshmallow topping with a golden, crunchy, sweet topping made from cornflake crumbs—it is sure to be the start of a new tradition.
Marge Perry & David Bonom
Marge Perry is an author and a teacher. David Bonom is a recipe developer, food writer and restaurant consultant.
Marge Perry writes, teaches, broadcasts and speaks about cooking, food, nutrition and travel. In her capacity as a syndicated food columnist for Newsday, Contributing Editor for Cooking Light and “Ask the Expert” columnist for myrecipes.com; through the articles she writes for The New York Times, Self, Prevention, More, Coastal Living, Relish, and Health; and through her appearances on television and radio, Marge is an accessible and authoritative guide for anyone who cooks, eats and travels. She is also the publisher of her blog, A Sweet and Savory Life.
David Bonom, CCP is a recipe developer, food writer, and restaurant consultant. He is a contributing editor to Cooking Light Magazine and his writing and development clients include Weight Watchers International Publications, Weight Watchers Magazine, Rodale, Self, Health Magazine, Fine Cooking, Coastal Living, Better Homes and Gardens, Prevention Magazine, Lightstyles, Publications International Ltd., USA Poultry and Egg Export Council (USAPEEC), The Peanut Council, California Fig Growers, California Pluot Growers, and the North Carolina Sweet Potato Commission.
We believe caramelized onions may be the key to all culinary success—they make just about everything taste better! In this gratin, they are the perfect sweet, soft foil to hearty kale. The key to making achingly sweet, meltingly delicious caramelized onions is to take it nice and slow. Higher heat will cook the onions, but they won’t caramelize.
The spectacular cake combines the best of apple pie with a moist, tender and fool-proof spice cake. It’s impressive good looks and fabulous flavor belie the simplicity with which it is made.
This simple preparation brings out the very best in your turkey. Apples and vegetables lend their sweet goodness to the bird as it roasts, and the glaze, which simmers on the stove while the bird roasts (or may be made ahead, if you’d rather have the burner for other things) gently intensifies in flavor until it is time to baste. This no-fail glaze gives the bird beautiful sable brown color, and warm, savory flavor.
Yellow squash (and a little zucchini for color) are the basis for the classic squash casserole. We’ve added the golden crunch of parmesan-panko bread crumb topping and added Swiss cheese to the cheddar for a little nutty flavor.
This pot pie is inducement enough to cook a turkey, and makes the days after Thanksgiving as delicious as the feast itself. Using sweet potato instead of regular has a surprisingly big—and delicious—impact on the flavor, thanks to their earthy-sweet flavor.
This sweet and sassy sauce keeps even two-day old leftover turkey moist and flavorful. You can make a bigger batch, depending on how much turkey you have left, and freeze it in the sauce.
There is no other dinner roll quite like the beloved Parker House roll: it is soft and mildly sweet, with a tender, flaky texture and luxurious melt-in-your mouth consistency. Make them even more of a cause for celebration with the sage-honey butter.
Removing the backbone and opening the turkey up more than just a beautiful presentation: it also helps the turkey cook faster and more evenly.
The caramelized sugars in the cola make an irresistible sweet glaze for your holiday ham. Be sure to get a ham big enough for leftovers—it is nearly as good sliced up for sandwiches or fried with eggs as it is when presented in its full glory just out of the oven.
In the Northeast, it’s called stuffing and in the South, it’s dressing. Others will insist it changes names depending whether it is cooked inside the bird (stuffing) or outside. We say it doesn’t matter what you call it—to many of us, it is the best part of Thanksgiving!
Not only do shishito peppers make a tasty nibble to serve with drinks or before you sit down for dinner, they are also a lot of fun: it is said that 1 in 20 of the peppers is spicy hot, although we can’t verify the exact proportion in any given batch.