October 28, 2009

Wordlesss/Wordful Wednesday - Pretty Pilgrim and Thanksgiving Feast Part 3 - Slow Cooker Sweet Potatoes

I'm recycling this picture from last year for Wordless/Wordful Wednesday since this week I'm posting a series of recipes I make for Thanksgiving each year and thought this would fit in perfectly. Princess Nagger made this Pilgrim hat and collar in Kindergarten last year - this was the day before Thanksgiving when she wore it home on the bus.  She makes a cute Pilgrim, doesn't she?

Jan from Jan's Sushi Bar  was a wild woman last week posting a plethora of recipes to entertain the masses and spin circles around the Spin Cycle.  She encouraged me to post my Thanksgiving Feast recipes, so this week I'm doing just that.  For those that are just tuning in, this is the list of recipes I prepare for Thanksgiving:

Champagne Turkey
Make-Ahead Mashed Potatoes
Slow Cooker Apple Stuffing/Dressing
Slow Cooker Sweet Potatoes
Cranberry Sauce with Port and Cinnamon
Pumpkin Cognac Crème Brûlée
Apple Cranberry Pie

I'm posting them as a daily series this week in case anything on that list catches your eye or tempts your taste buds.  Without further ado, here's today's recipe:

Slow Cooker Sweet Potatoes 

sweet potatoes, sliced or chopped
apples, chopped
1/2 cup
maple syrup
4 tablespoons
brown sugar
4 tablespoons
margarine, melted
1/2 teaspoon
1/2 teaspoon

salt and pepper to taste

Place apples and sweet potatoes in a crock pot or slow cooker. Sprinkle remaining ingredients on top of the potatoes and apples.

Cook on low for 4 to 5 hours.  If your little ones like marshmallows on their sweet potatoes like the Princess Nagger does, about 15 minutes to 1/2 hour before serving, liberally sprinkle mini marshmallows over the sweet potatoes and recover.  The marshmallows will melt nicely and make your little one happy.

If you'd rather not have apples mixed in with your sweet potatoes, here's a variation on the above recipe:

Slow Cooker Spiced Sweet Potatoes


4 lbs
 Sweet Potatoes, cut into 1/2" pieces
1/2 cup
 dark brown sugar, packed
2 teaspoons
 ground Cinnamon
1 teaspoon
 ground Nutmeg

 pinch of salt
4 Tablespoons
 Butter, cut into 1/8" pieces
2 teaspoons
 Vanilla extract


Place the sweet potatoes in the slow cooker.  Combine the dark brown sugar, ground cinnamon ground nutmeg, and pinch of salt and sprinkle over the sweet potatoes.  Stir carefully (you don't want to mash the sweet potatoes in the process, unless you prefer them that way).  

Cover and cook on low for 7 hours. Add butter and vanilla; stir to blend.  Once again you can melt mini marshmallows over the top at the end if you desire.

Makes 8 servings

There you have it!  I do have three slow cookers that get used every year at Thanksgiving - I make several things the day before so on the day of I can socialize with our dinner guests and not be harried and hurried in the kitchen.  I set up the dining room table in the living room, and set up buffet tables in the dining room - a power strip comes in quite handy to handle the slow cookers and leave my counters free for maneuvering other stuff.  Like the turkey when it comes out of the oven.

Tune in tomorrow for the delicious Cranberry Sauce with Port and Cinnamon - it's made with fresh cranberries and can be made up to three days in advance.  Another stress-reliever time saver recipe.

For Wordless Wednesday, be sure to visit Wordless Wednesday, 5 minutes for Mom, Go Graham Go, JollyMom and Momspective for more great Wordless Wednesday Posts.

Wordful Wednesday hosted by Angie at 7 Clown Circus - head on over there to check out all the fun wordy posts!

And don't forget to stop by Sara's, she hosts 'Mostly Wordless Wednesday' each week!

49 Random Sassy Comments:

Kristina P. said...

Can you believe that I'm not a sweet potato fan? I love potatoes, and I love sweets, but I am not a huge fan.

Unknown Mami said...

That is THE CUTEST pilgrim I have ever seen. That's it, I don't need to see another pilgrim because they just won't be as cute.

Lola said...

Looks good! Happy to see you didn't smother them in marshmallows. I think that should be against the law. (My partner insists on making them with marshmallows and no one eats it but her. And I'm talking at a family gathering of like 30 people. She's the only one that likes it!)

Vodka Logic said...

She is a cutie.. as for the recipes, thats the husbands dept.

otin said...

OOOOH! I like the touch with the apples in the sweet potatoes! I have to remember that!

Hit 40 said...

How many slow cookers do you own?? LOL!!!

Thanksgiving is probably about the only day of the year that I will really need that double oven that I bought.

Martha in PA said...

Love sweet potatoes and I will be trying this recipe too!

PN does make a great pilgrim!

4 Lettre Words said...

Goodness...I love anything that's been slooooow cooked! :o) Yum.

That capture of PN is too sweet. Love that little smile!

Happy WW, my friend!!!!

Laoch of Chicago said...

Great costume. One loves one's slow cooker.

Justine said...

How many crock pots do you own???? LOL

Btw... your page is super slow to load, even the comment box takes forever. Wonder what's bogging it down so much?

Justine :o )

I am Harriet said...

I'm thinking the Dots really make the costume :)

Have a fun one :)


atiredwife said...

Love the costume! Reminds me of the Brady Bunch episode when they made the Thanksgiving movie!!

Mmmm ... sweet potatoes!

blueviolet said...

She is a pretty pilgrim, for sure!!!

Your recipes are fabulous!!

Jan said...

You're just a doll with all of your linky love!

This looks GOOD. Seriously GOOD. But I have a question: Just how many crock pots do you own?

Secret Mom Thoughts said...

She does make a cute pilgrim. The recipe looks great.

Brian Miller said...

you know i have only the last couple years started actually liking sweet potatoes...perhaps the touch of apples would make them just right...cute pilgrim. smiles.

Buggys said...

Never thought to put apples in with the sweet potatos but that really sounds good. Yes, my kids and hubs like marshmallows in there!

Angie Marion said...

she DOES make a cute pilgrim! Thanks for the recipes too!

Happy WW! http://angiemarion.blogspot.com/2009/10/wordless-wednesday-im-proud-auntie.html

buffalodick said...

I grew up not seeing them at all, but have come to enjoy them! Good recipe- I want some!

Cascia said...

That looks delicious! Have a wonderful Wednesday.

Lindy said...

That is a sweet picture!

Wondering if the sweet potatoes would work in a roaster for mass quantities @ a community Thanksgiving dinner? Sounds simple and yummy!

Eternally Distracted said...

That is the cutest picture ever!!

Grand Pooba said...

Oh I love sweet potatoes! Princess Nagger is the cutest pilgrim ever! What is she going to be for halloween this year?

LT said...

She makes a perfect Pilgram!
I love all the slow cooker recipes, a great way to do the side dishes! I may have to get another slow cooker for this year!

Karen @ If I Could Escape . . . said...

She's an adorable pilgrim! Great recipes - can't wait for Thanksgiving!

Karen @ If I Could Escape . . . said...

She's an adorable pilgrim! Great recipes - can't wait for Thanksgiving!

Sherry at EX Marks the Spot said...

Your Princess/Pilgrim is wonderful! Such a cute picture. I think I'm going to try your recipe for slow cooker sweet potatoes. Sounds yummy!


Brenda said...

Those slow cooker sweet potatoes look great. I am always looking for recipes like this.

carma said...

I'm like Kristina when it comes to sweet potatoes, which is sad because my mom keeps harping on their awesome nutritional value!

Pamela M. Kramer said...

She's so cute. My son thinks she is a class mate. Don't worry he is only 3, he knows everyone. lol

Julie@Momspective said...

(growl, growl, growl). You have such talent and such a beautiful little girl!

Just Breathe said...

Thanks for the recipe.

I don't think I've ever seen a Pilgrim eating dots!

Genny said...

I love sweet potatoes! This looks delicious!

Stina said...

great picture of princess nagger. i do not eat sweet potatoes, but i would try that recipe. happy ww and take care.

Lindsay said...

Oh, nummmmmmo!! I may have to try those nummy looking sweet taters.

And that pilgrim is just adorable!

Just Breathe said...

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Wendy said...

She could have come straight out of the 1600s. (At least from the top up. LOL) So cute!

I'm definitely trying this recipe. I love me some sweet potatoes, and making them in the slow cooker? Bonus!

Alicia said...

Yes, she is an adorable pilgrim!!!!

And I love the sweet potato recipes! Yum!

bernthis said...

thankfully, no pun intended, i will not be doing any cooking this year....again

girlytwins said...

Your daughter is such a doll. So excited for the days when my girls bring home school projects :)

And how awesome is your recipe that it can me made ahead of time. I will be adding that to my list for Turkey Day. And I look forward to the cranberry recipe.

Yaya said...

I just ate sweet potatoes for dinner! Mmmmm!

Run DMT said...

And what a cute pilgrim she is!

Those slow cooker recipe sound delicious. I'm bookmarking this! Thanks!

Maggie said...

She's definetly the cutest pilgrim!! :D

Buckeroomama said...

She makes a very pretty pilgrim!

My, you do cook up a feast for Thanksgiving... :)

Online Printing said...

Another nice recipe from you. Can't wait for the other four, but I will. :) Btw, you really have a lovely daughter.

Mrs4444 said...

Holy Mouthwatering!!! And Princess Nager is the cutest pilgrim ever! :) I look forward to your other recipe posts...

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Muthering Heights said...

She makes an adorable pilgrim!

The Head Eagle said...

A Cute pilgrim indeed!

I'm might just give this recipe a try!