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Thursday, November 4, 2010

Thanksgiving Favorites for Less | Family Economics

By Andrea

Everyone has a favorite Thanksgiving dish. You go to your family Thanksgiving (or host it yourself) and have that one delicious recipe you just have to have. For me, it’s always sweet potatoes. They aren’t just a potato. Oh no! There is a culinary art to making these which requires lots of love.

In all seriousness, sweet potatoes are so inexpensive, and you can do multiple things with the flavor. The ingredients can become a pie, a soufflé, a pudding, and of course the traditional sweet potato casserole dish.

However you prepare sweet potatoes, here are typical ingredients:

• Canned or fresh sweet potatoes
• Bag of marshmallows
• Brown sugar
• Butter
• Pecans (optional)
• Lots of love

There are several different ways to make the dishes. Check out these recipes for ways to prepare what I consider a Thanksgiving staple: Sweet Potato Casserole, this Sweet Potato Soufflé, or add something extra with this Coconut Sweet Potato Pie. And here’s a great Sweet Potato Muffin recipe that looks super yummy for the morning after Thanksgiving! That’s assuming you aren’t eating the leftover soufflé for breakfast.

Also, a time and money-saving tip is to use fresh sweet potatoes rather than canned. When the prices go down to less than forty cents per pound, stock up and make your own filling for many of these fabulous dishes. No running out when you need “just one more can!” That’s a great way to be ready to make a Thanksgiving favorite for less.

What is your favorite Thanksgiving mealtime item?

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