Once again I am honored with the task finding a sweet potato recipe for Thanksgiving. I normally enjoy planning and preparing meals for family gatherings, especially major holiday get-togethers. But the sweet potato thing has become more of a hardship than a pleasure- caught between two camps, the sweet marshmallow lovers and the wine-drinking naysayers who refuse to throw off their palates with too much sugar- I am inevitably risking the disappointment and/or ridicule of my loved ones (!).
I usually go with a fairly sweet preparation (out of tradition and also to contrast with the savory mashed white potatoes that are invariably served) in the tradition of casserole with marshmallow, but without the marshmallow. I've tried pecan streusel topping (but some won't eat nuts), and I've done a whipped layered casserole thing... and I am out of ideas. I was thinking of making a gratin this year, but then realized that the addition of parmigiano or gruyere or goat cheese would mean a savory dish, and I don't really have the heart to deprive the sweet-eaters of their favorite side dish.
Does anyone have any siggestions for a middlle-of-the-road casserole or gratin-style dish featuring sweet potatoes? I would also consider a seecondary ingredient, such as turnip or onion, as long as its nothing too "exotic" (not my word) that will take away from the overall sweet flavor.
I apologize for this rambling plea- but I really would like to find a way to make all 16 people smile :)
Thanks in advance to anyone who can help.
oh- I should add that I am not summarily against cheese or streusel or sugar- I am just looking for a recipe that is both salty and sweet, if possible. Thanks again!