Thanksgiving meals in the Glutton household are continually a balancing act between incorporating old favorites as well as introducing new or tweaked recipes. Personally, I’ve been known to go over board attempting to satisfy everyone’s appetites, by cooking multiple birds, stuffings, salads, and/or pies. And while I always enjoy cooking a wide array of new foods on Turkey Day, sometimes it’s nice to simplify with a few minor tweaks to the old standbys.
One such tweak is substituting your normal boring white mashed potatoes with the flashy color of royalty. Purple mashed potatoes are not only a great way to impresses the guests at your table on Thanksgiving, but these antioxidant loaded spuds which typically display subtle nutty and earthy notes just so happen to be damn tasty potatoes. Understandably, you might want to simply substitute purple potatoes for your own mashed potato recipe, but for those interested I’ve included the recipe I typically use with these spuds below (caramelized onions, roasted garlic, and rosemary mixed in with the mash).
A second tweak is for those who might be interested in spicing up their cranberry sauce. Being professional gluttons, like Liz and myself, means one is obligated to consistently experiment with the incorporation of alcohol into recipes. With that in mind, we happened to toss spiced rum into a basic cranberry sauce recipe once. The result was an amazing panettone bread smell waffling throughout our home and a truly remarkable/memorable cranberry sauce. Perfect for Turkey Day or whenever you need a condiment for pork chops (as seen above).
But before getting to the recipes for both of these tweaked Turkey Day favorites there is an announcement to make. The winner of Sports-glutton.com 1st Anniversary Giveaway and a Vinturi Red Wine Aerator is LaTonya from Haute Cookture. Congratulations LaTonya and many thanks to everyone who participated.
Lastly, be sure to check back in tomorrow for Thirsty Thursday and our red wine recommendations for Turkey Day.
The Necessities for the Purple Mashed Potatoes:
- 6 large purple potatoes (cleaned and cubed)
- 1 small yellow onion (caramelized…click here for a how to guide)
- 4-6 roasted garlic cloves (roughly mashed)
- 3 tbsp butter
- 1 tbsp rosemary
- 1/2 cup sour cream
- Olive oil
- Salt and pepper
Directions for Purple Mashed Potatoes:
- Toss the potatoes into a large pot of boiling water, cook until tender, and drain the water.
- Add the caramelized onions, roasted garlic, rosemary, and butter to the purple spuds in the pot. Drizzle in a generous amount of olive oil and mash the ingredients together.
- Cook the potato mash over low heat for 2-3 minutes, stirring continuously.
- Stir in the sour cream, then gradually stir in milk until the preferred consistency of mashed potatoes has been reached. Salt and pepper to taste.
- Plate, serve and enjoy.
The Necessities for the Cranberry Rum Sauce:
- 1/2 cup water
- 1/2 cup Sailor Jerry’s Spiced Rum
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 3 “1/2 inch x 2 inch” strips orange zest
- 12 oz fresh whole cranberries
Directions for Cranberry Rum Sauce:
- Bring water, rum, sugar and orange zest to a boil in a saucepan.
- Add cranberries, reduce heat to a low boil and cook for 10 minutes (cranberries should be popping) stirring often.
- Pour into a bowl and cool before refrigerating.
- Can be made a day or two in advance of Turkey Day
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