Kathleen’s Thanksgiving recap (with a recipe!)

Contributing Writer and Images: Kathleen Regalado —

On Thursday November 26, American friends and families filled dinner tables to give appreciation for everything they have in life. Warm, decadent food helps bring people together as we all know. Fall decorations and preparation for the turkey dinner brings my family close every last Thursday of November. My family and I enjoyed a classic Thanksgiving dinner this year with plenty of dishes.

We had a turkey with homemade gravy, chorizo and vegetable stuffing, mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce, scalloped potatoes, macaroni and cheese, bread rolls, salad and green beans. We washed it all down with red and white sparkling cider and an amazing pumpkin cheesecake and candied sweet potatoes with marshmallows — one of my favorites!

My mom’s camoté, or sweet potato dish, encompasses the flavors and feelings of fall that I crave. She always knows just the right amount of time and the perfect ratio ingredients that this recipe needs. To make this staple Thanksgiving dish you will need:

  • 4 pounds of boiled sweet potatoes
  • 1 or 2 packages of cream cheese
  • 1 stick of butter or butter alternative
  • Milk
  • Maples Syrup
  • Pecans
  • Cinnamon
  • Marshmallows
  1. After you have boiled sweet potatoes, mash them till there are no whole pieces. Add cream cheese, butter and milk till you get a creamier consistency.
  2. Mix in maple syrup, cinnamon and pecans to taste. These ingredients add great Fall flavor!
  3. Afterwards, spray a baking pan with PAM cooking spray and fill in with the sweet potatoes.
  4. Place marshmallows on top of the sweet potatoes, covering the surfaces. Add pecans and cinnamon to the top as well for flavor and decor.
  5. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees and wait for 20 minutes before placing your dish in for the next 30 minutes. Make sure you have it covered in foil to trap in heat!
  6. Take out your dish with mitts and serve to loved ones

I can never get enough of this mildly sweet Thanksgiving dessert!

Hopefully you will share some of the dishes my family and I enjoyed this year. Enjoy the Holiday Season! I’ll be sure to be back for Christmas with more Holiday recipes.


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