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Happy Turkey Day

November 23, 2009

Perhaps you’re beginning to panic because you’ve already committed to hosting Thanksgiving dinner and now realizing you’ve bitten off more than you can chew? Unfortunately I can’t wave my magic wand (must be out of batteries, so sorry) and make it all come together, but I can give you a few [inexpensive] ideas. Tip #1: alcohol = everyone will be thankful.

Need a last minute place setting idea? Well here ya go (props to Martha Stewart). It’s simple, inexpensive and something I would most likely start eating right before I dive into the pumpkin pie.

I heart sweet potatoes. If I had the option, I could probably eat them for every meal. OK guilty, I have [once] eaten them for every meal.

Roasted Sweet-Potato Rounds with Garlic oil and Fried Sage Recipe

For Sweet-Potato:

3 large garlic cloves

1/4 cup olive oil

2 1/3 lbs of sweet potatoes, peeled and sliced into 1/2″ rounds

For Fried Sage:

1/3 cup olive oil

24 sage leaves


Preheat 450 degrees. Puree garlic and olive oil with 3/4 tsp of salt in a blender until smooth. Toss sweet potatoes with garlic oil in a large bowl, then spread in 1 layer in a shallow baking pan. Bake until golden in patches and cooked through 20-30 minutes. (I usually bake them longer until they’re a little bit crispy)

Heat olive oil in a skillet over medium/high heat until simmers, then fry sage leaves in 2 batches, stirring until crisp, 30 seconds to 1 minute per batch. Transfer with a slotted  spoon to paper towel to drain

Serve sweet potato with sage leaves scattered on top.

Serves 8; Total time, 1 hour

You can always count on Thanksgiving leftovers so why not send everyone home with one of these stylish goodie bags? Just make sure you save enough for yourself (i.e. your husband who won’t be happy to hear you gave away the last of the Turkey). For more DIY doggy bags, check out Pepper Design (one of my favorite bloggers!)


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