Thanksgiving Recipe: Ginger Orange Roasted Sweet Potatoes

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Ingredients :

Sweet potato fries :

3 medium sweet potatoes
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil
1/2 inch fresh ginger, finely chopped
Toasted walnuts and goat cheese (optional)


Directions :

Start by preparing the sweet potatoes. Wash them and remove the skins. Place the peeled sweet potato on a double layer of aluminum foil and drizzle with olive oil and salt. Crush the ginger to release its oils and flavor and place it next to the sweet potato. Wrap and shape into a bag and bake at 350F for 45 minutes to 1 hour, or until fork tender. Remove from plastic wrap and continue baking until golden brown. Cut into bite-sized pieces and sprinkle with ice and sultanas. Add toasted nuts or goat cheese if desired.

Ginger-Orange Glaze :

1/2 cup fresh orange juice
1/2 cup vegetable broth or water
1/2 tablespoon orange zest
1 tablespoon organic honey
1 teaspoon maple syrup
1 teaspoon grated ginger
2 tablespoons cold butter
Salt and pepper to taste

Directions :

  • Combine the water, orange juice, honey and maple syrup in a saucepan. Using a small plate, grate in the orange zest and ginger. Bring to a boil and reduce by half or until the liquid thickens. Meanwhile, cut the butter into small cubes. Remove the sauce from the heat and add the cold butter, stirring slowly until smooth.

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