Sweet Potato Rolls | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Sweet Potato Rolls

Sweet Potato Rolls | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Time is running out on my favorite holiday, and I still haven’t even made my Thanksgiving menu yet. Normally I make Turkey Meatloaf for our very small gathering, but we have actual relatives now, and I’m feeling the pressure to make a traditional turkey. Or at least a roast turkey breast. My sister-in-law is hosting Christmas this year. Maybe I can convince her to let me make a roast turkey for that instead? 

I’ve also had a special request for sweet potatoes with marshmallows, and luckily, Nigella has an awesome recipe that’s not as syrupy sweet as the one my grandma used to make. I was also thinking of making a sweet potato dessert this year instead of pumpkin. Regardless, time is running out, and even though I’m not serving Thanksgiving dinner until Saturday, I still need to figure it out. What would you do?

Sweet Potato Rolls | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

I’m obviously obsessed with sweet potatoes right now, which is why I’m sharing these Sweet Potato Rolls with you in case you’re still looking for an extra special bread recipe for your Thanksgiving table. To me, homemade bread is what make a meal extra special and turns it from just dinner into a feast. 

These rolls are easy to make. I’m a horrible bread baker, and I managed them with ease. Use your stand mixer to help you if you have one. And while nothing is ever quite as phenomenal as bread fresh out of the oven, you can definitely make these the day before and then warm them before serving. Thanksgiving is enough work as it is. make as much in advance as you can.

Sweet Potato Rolls | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Serve some Sweet Potato Rolls this Thanksgiving and make your feast just a bit more special. It’s gonna be awesome.

Sweet Potato Rolls
Yields 15
Sweet Potato Rolls definitely deserve a place on your Thanksgiving table.
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Prep Time
30 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
4 hr
Prep Time
30 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
4 hr
Ingredients
  1. 6 ounces peeled sweet potato, chopped
  2. 2-1/4 teaspoons (1 packet) active dry yeast
  3. 2 tablespoons honey
  4. 1/2 teaspoon olive oil
  5. 1/4 cup warm water
  6. 1/2 cup buttermilk
  7. 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  8. 2 teaspoons salt
  9. 3 cups all purpose flour, plus some for surface
  10. 1 egg, lightly beaten
Instructions
  1. Place your sweet potato chunks in a pan and cover them with cold water. Boil for about 20 minutes or until fork tender. Drank and return sweet potato chunks to a bowl or your pan. Mash until smooth and set aside.
  2. In the bowl of an electric mixer, combine yeast, warm water, olive oil, and 1 tablespoon honey. If you pour your olive oil into your tablespoon measure first, and swirl it around, the honey will come out easier after it's been measured.
  3. Give this all a quick stir and allow it to sit for 15 minutes to get foamy.
  4. To your foamy yeast mixture, add your mashed sweet potatoes, remaining tablespoon of honey, buttermilk, melted butter, and salt. With your mixer on low, combine all of these ingredients.
  5. With your mixer still running, start adding in the flour a half cup at a time and mix until combined.
  6. Once all your flour is incorporated, turn off your mixer and switch out your paddle attachment for your dough hook. Use that to knead your dough for two to three minutes. It will still be quite sticky, but that's okay.
  7. Transfer your dough to a lightly greased bowl. Cover it with plastic wrap or a clean tea towel and set it aside in a warm place for two hours to rise.
  8. Turn your dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead it until smooth. Roll it out into a fat log and cut off approximately two ounce pieces, rolling them into a ball. Place your rolls into a greased 9x13 baking pan.
  9. Allow your dough to rise in a warm place for another 30-45 minutes.
  10. Preheat your oven to 375F.
  11. Use a pastry brush to brush the top of each roll with your beaten egg.
  12. Bake for 20-25 minuetes or until lightly golden on top. Serve warm with butter and honey or store in an airtight container and reheat before serving.
Adapted from How Sweet It Is
Adapted from How Sweet It Is
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Baked Sweet Potato Brulee | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Baked Sweet Potato Brulee

Baked Sweet Potato Brulee | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

You work hard. You wake up early, you work late, you make people’s lives better. You work hard, but it’s totally worth it. Am I right? Also, you love dessert. It’s what keeps you going. But after all that hard work, you need something high on sweet and low on effort. This recipe takes a bit of time, most of it you can spend sitting on your couch checking out Pinterest and and watching House for the hundredth time. It’s the easiest seasonal dessert of all time.

Baked Sweet Potato Brulee | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Baked Sweet Potato Brulee is really child’s play. It’s also amazingly awesome. The soft, sugary sweet potato is topped with a warmly spiced brown sugar crust that adds a nice bit of crunch and a punch of flavor. It’s so simple, you could have it for dessert every night. 

It seems unfair that something so good could be so easy, but this really is. Give your sweet potatoes a good stab with a fork, then just pop them on a baking sheet at 400 and walk away for an hour. Cut in some melted butter, sprinkle it with the sugar and spice mixture, then put it under the broiler for about five minutes to get that crunchy brulee action.

Baked Sweet Potato Brulee | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

You guys, I’m here to help. All I want is for you to be happy. And this? This baked sweet potato brulee will make you very very happy. Get it!

Baked Sweet Potato Brulee
Serves 2
A baked sweet potato gets topped with brown sugar and spices then put under the broiler to form a sweet, crunchy crust. It's the world's easiest dessert.
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Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
1 hr 5 min
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
1 hr 5 min
Ingredients
  1. 2 medium sweet potatoes
  2. 3 tablespoons melted butter
  3. 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  4. 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  5. 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  6. 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees and line a baking sheet with foil.
  2. Prick your sweet potatoes a few times with a fork, place them on the baking sheet, and bake for an hour or until your sweet potatoes are soft all the way through. Test by piercing with a sharp knife.
  3. In a small dish, mix together the brown sugar and spices.
  4. After your sweet potatoes have cooled enough to touch, slice them open lengthwise, push together the ends a bit.
  5. Pour half the melted butter over the squished flesh of each of your sweet potatoes. Sprinkle the sugar and spice mixture over the top.
  6. Crank up your broiler and put your sweet potatoes back in the oven. Allow them to cook for about five minutes, but don't go too far. You want the sugar to be bubbly and brown, but not, you know, on fire. You could also use a kitchen torch if you have one.
  7. Give it a few minutes to cool, then grab a fork and dig in.
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Sweet Potato Vegetarian Shepherd's Pie | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Sweet Potato Vegetarian Shepherd’s Pie

Sweet Potato Vegetarian Shepherd's Pie | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

It’s 90 degrees here today, and I can’t even believe I’m about to talk about fall food. But I cranked up my oven today just for you because I love you and I want you to have awesome food every dang day. I made you something hearty and flavorful and meatless. It’s Sweet Potato Vegetarian Shepherd’s Pie.

Sweet Potato Vegetarian Shepherd's Pie | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

 I first discovered this recipe while we were living in Taiwan, but I couldn’t manage to find the can of lentils that was called for, so I used black beans instead. Everybody eating it loved it, including the actual vegetarians. Onions, carrots, tomatoes, and black beans all get cooked together in red wine and veggie stocks, then that whole situation gets topped off with mashed sweet potatoes and cheddar cheese. It’s flavors on top of flavors on top of flavors.

Trust the English when it comes to cold weather comfort food. Not that I know what cold weather feels like. It drops into the low 70’s and suddenly I’m desperate for a jacket and might actually consider putting on covered shoes. But for some reason, I haven’t been able to stop loving cold weather foods like shepherd’s pie. If you have vegetarians in your life, or you’re into meatless Monday, you’ll definitely want to work this into your dinner rotation. It can be completed in about 45 minutes, or you can assemble the pie and refrigerate it for a few days or even put it in the freezer for later. Make your life easy, friends.

Sweet Potato Vegetarian Shepherd's Pie | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

If the weather is thinking about cooling off in your area, you should make Sweet Potato Vegetarian Shepherd’s Pie. If it’s still 90 degrees in your area, you should still make it and daydream about a Swedish chalet in the alps or the snow covered Scottish moors. Either way, it’s gonna be awesome.

Sweet Potato Vegetarian Shepherd's Pie
Serves 4
A black bean and veggie filling is topped with mashed sweet potatoes and sharp cheddar for a hearty, warming vegetarian dish.
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Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
20 min
Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
20 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 tablespoon olive oil
  2. 1 onion, peeled, halved, and sliced
  3. 2 carrots, sliced lengthwise then chopped
  4. 1 teaspoon dried thyme, divided
  5. 1 cup red wine
  6. 1/2 cup veggie stock
  7. 1 can petite diced tomatoes
  8. 1 can black beans, drained
  9. 2 pounds sweet potatoes, peeled and chopped into large chunks
  10. 2 tablespoons butter
  11. 3 ounces shredded sharp cheddar
Instructions
  1. Put a large pot of water on to boil for your sweet potatoes. Put olive oil in a large skillet and preheat it over medium heat. You can peel and start chopping your veggies as things heat up.
  2. Add onion to skillet and cook until golden brown, stirring frequently. Add the carrots and 1/2 teaspoon of dried time and give everything a good toss.
  3. When your water is boiling rapidly, add your sweet potatoes and cook for about 15 minutes or until the sweet potatoes are fork tender.
  4. Add wine, stock and tomatoes to your skillet, stir everything together, and simmer for about 10 minutes. Stir in black beans and simmer for another 10 minutes
  5. When your sweet potatoes are soft, drain completely and return them to the hot pot (off the heat). Add butter and salt and pepper to taste. Mash sweet potatoes until smooth.
  6. Preheat your oven to 375 and lightly spray a 2 quart casserole dish with non-stick spray. Transfer your veggie and black bean mixture to the casserole dish. Spread your mashed sweet potatoes on top of your veggies, then sprinkle the cheese over that. Finally, sprinkle the last of your dried thyme over the top.
  7. If you want to stash this in the fridge for a couple of days, now would be the time. Or you can freeze it for up to month. Just double the baking time when you decide to cook it.
  8. Bake your pie for 20 minutes or until everything is bubbly and melty.
Adapted from Good Food Magazine
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Roasted Sweet Potatoes with Spiced Maple Butter by Awesome on 20

Roasted Sweet Potatoes with Spiced Maple Butter

Roasted Sweet Potatoes with Spiced Maple Butter by Awesome on 20

I’m getting more and more excited every day as we get closer to Thanksgiving. We’ve actually had weather in the low 80’s with overnight lows below 70. It’s been cloudy and rainy all week. It almost feels like fall.

And have I mentioned a million times that I adore Thanksgiving? I love food. Eating is awesome, especially when I’ve made something amazingly delicious. It’s pretty much the only thing that makes me feel smart. And when I get to share it with all the people I love, that makes everything especially outstanding.

Roasted Sweet Potatoes with Spiced Maple Butter by Awesome on 20

These sweet potatoes make me feel like a genius. I’ve served them for a few Thanksgivings, and they are my favorite sweet potato recipe. This recipe is simple yet sophisticated. They’re also a breeze to make, and when you’ve got a bunch of stuff coming out of your kitchen, keeping things easy is the best option.

Beautiful bite size chunks of lovely roasted sweet potatoes get caramelized on the bottom in a hot oven, and soft and sweet in the middle. They’re topped off with crunchy, buttery, toasted macadamia nuts, then smothered in a spicy cayenne, maple syrup and butter glaze. The whole thing will make you sing. They’re so much better than canned yams, it’s not even funny.

If you want to be an extra genius, peel and chop your sweet potatoes the day before, then store them in a zip top bag in the fridge until they’re ready to go in the oven. 

Roasted Sweet Potatoes with Spiced Maple Butter by Awesome on 20

I haven’t started planning my menu yet, and I probably won’t make the final decisions until the week before. Sweet potatoes will definitely be on the table. Maybe I’ll bring back this favorite one more time.

Roasted Sweet Potatoes with Spiced Maple Butter
Serves 6
Perfectly simple roasted sweet potatoes with macadamia nuts and a spicy maple butter glaze
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Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
40 hr
Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
40 hr
Ingredients
  1. 3 large sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into bite-size chunks
  2. 2 tablespoon vegetable oil
  3. Salt and pepper
  4. 1/2 cup chopped macadamia nuts
  5. 2 tablespoons butter
  6. 2 tablespoons real maple syrup
  7. 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 450 and line a baking sheet with foil.
  2. Spread your sweet potato chunks in a single layer on the baking sheet, then drizzle on the oil and season with salt and pepper, and optional cayenne (see note). Toss gently with your hands to coat each piece in oil.
  3. Roast the sweet potatoes for about 40 minutes or until soft. Stab one with a fork to test it.
  4. While the sweet potatoes are roasting, lightly toast the mac nuts by heating them in a dry skillet over medium heat for about five minutes. They will start to smell toasty and turn a bit golden.
  5. In a small sauce pan over low heat, heat butter, maple syrup, and cayenne. You can let it bubble for a few minutes if you want to thicken it up a bit, but don't let the butter burn.
  6. After you remove the pan from the oven, carefully transfer the sweet potatoes to your serving dish. Sprinkle over the nuts and pour on the maple butter mixture. Toss lightly.
Notes
  1. If you like things extra spicy, you can also season the sweet potatoes with a dash of cayenne before they go in the oven.
Adapted from Aida Mollenkamp
Adapted from Aida Mollenkamp
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Sweet Potato Gratin from Awesome on 20

Sweet Potato Gratin

Sweet Potato Gratin from Awesome on 20

I have good news and I have bad news about this sweet potato gratin. The bad news is, there are a few luxurious ingredients in this dish, making it a touch expensive. The good news is, it’s insanely delicious. So really that’s great news. It’s also perfect for your Thanksgiving table, and I can’t think of a better excuse to splurge on a few nice ingredients.

It’s finally November, so I can unleash my deep love of all things Thanksgiving. I think it’s my perfect holiday. It’s all about delicious, home cooked food, gathering together with the people you love, and taking a moment to gain perspective on your life and focus on the beautiful bits. And you don’t have to worry about buying gifts which gives me fits of anxiety.

As soon as the Thanksgiving magazines hit the stands, I want to do nothing but look at beautiful food. And it’s pretty much a giant carb fest. We all know the side dishes are the real star. I never let a Turkey day go by without serving sweet potatoes, and this gratin is my husband’s favorite way to serve them.

Sweet Potato Gratin from Awesome on 20

This is layer upon layer of thinly sliced sweet potatoes and smoked gruyere cheese, all baked up in heavy cream. It’s decadent. It’s a little bit sweet and a little bit smoky, and it’s roll your eyes, make you sing awesome.

Sweet Potato Gratin from Awesome on 20

I love spending the month pondering my Thanksgiving menu, even when it’s just the two of us. I can’t wait to share some of my Thanksgiving favorites. This sweet potato gratin is a great place to start.

Sweet Potato Gratin
Serves 8
Awesome layers of sweet potatoes and smoked gruyere cheese are the perfect indulgent Thanksgiving side dish.
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Prep Time
30 min
Cook Time
50 min
Prep Time
30 min
Cook Time
50 min
Ingredients
  1. 1-1/2 cups heavy cream
  2. 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  3. 1 pound sweet potatoes, peeled and thinly sliced
  4. 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  5. 1-1/2 teaspoons salt
  6. 3/4 teaspoon black pepper
  7. 4 ounces smoked gruyere cheese, shredded
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400 and lightly spray a 2 quart casserole dish or large baking dish with oil.
  2. In a small sauce pan, gently heat the cream with the garlic over low heat. Remove from heat as soon as it starts to bubble.
  3. Start your layering by arranging your sweet potato slices in an overlapping shingle-type configuration. Then sprinkle the potatoes with a third of the thyme, salt, and pepper. Finally spread a third of the cheese over the sweet potatoes. Repeat this with two more layers, making three layers in all.
  4. Pour your warm, garlic infused cream over the sweet potato, cheese layers.
  5. Cover the dish with foil and bake for 30 minutes. Remove the foil and continue to bake for another 20 minutes or until the cheese is lightly brown, and you can easily slide a sharp knife all the way to the bottom.
  6. Allow the gratin to cool for at least 30 minutes before serving. Watch your guests go crazy.
Notes
  1. This will probably taste good with cheap shredded Swiss if you don't want to splurge on the fancy cheese.
Adapted from Brown Eyed Baker
Adapted from Brown Eyed Baker
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