For your best Thanksgiving ever, begin planning for the big day earlier than you normally do. Rather than being daunted with the turkey up front, ease yourself into the holiday by selecting your side dishes first. Start with sweet potatoes, a surefire table topper at any Fall meal.
Serve them mashed in place of conventional white potatoes; you'll enjoy the same fluffy texture but also gain vitamins, antioxidants, and fiber. Balance out the salt on the table with a dessert-like puree studded with maple syrup and nutmeg, or skip the sugar and try out a savory chipotle version. Try either — or both — when you read on.
5 pounds sweet potatoes, unpeeled Serves 8. Serves 4.
1/4 to 1/2 cup maple syrup
5 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 cup sour cream
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
5 pounds sweet potatoes, unpeeled