A Thanksgiving side dish with strikingly original flavors, ones that avoid all the cinnamon and brown sugar clichés. The glaze for these sliced sweet potatoes is a mix of freshly squeezed orange juice, apricot preserves, and grated fresh ginger, with salt that manages to balance out the sweetness. You make the glaze by simmering just long enough to melt the jam, then arrange the sweet potato rounds in a baking dish so they overlap. Simply baste the sweet potatoes with the glaze as they bake. This is a simple dish, pretty enough to set out on a holiday buffet but delicious as a weeknight side for our Easy Baked Pork Chops.
Shopping note: Garnets (also known as Sweet Garnets or Red Yams) have bright, orangey-red flesh, a moist texture, and moderate sweetness. To make sure the sweet potatoes overlap easily and cook evenly, buy ones that are about 3 to 4 inches in diameter at their widest point.