Did you hear about the woman who invited 27 people for Thanksgiving dinner and ordered a fresh turkey? Her husband stopped to pick the bird up Wednesday evening, but learned the store had sold it. The manager felt so bad that he gave them a frozen turkey. Not having time to thaw it, the woman and her husband slept with the turkey under the electric blanket. The plan worked, but there’s a better way to deal with it!
CATERING SECRET: When you want to defrost something really fast, place the frozen item in a sealable plastic baggie. Submerge in cold water by placing something heavy on top, so that the item stays under the water. Don’t allow any of the water to get inside the sealed baggie.
Here’s an easy recipe that won’t use your oven when you need it available for other things.
EASY SWEET POTATOES – Serves 12
- 9 Microwavable sweet potatoes
- 1 Tablespoon oil
- ¼ pound butter, cut into 8 tablespoons
- 1/3 cup maple syrup, good quality
- ¾ teaspoon ground cinnamon
- Cayenne pepper, pinch (optional)
- 3 cups mini marshmallows
Place sweet potatoes in the microwave and follow package directions for cooking. Split each cooked potato lengthwise, which will yield 18 potato skins. Discard six and reserve twelve for later use.
Carefully scoop potato flesh into a bowl. Mash while hot, using an electric beater or potato masher. Add butter, syrup, cinnamon, salt and cayenne. Beat until smooth. If mixture is not hot enough, cover and warm in microwave, beating again if necessary. Fill the twelve remaining potato skins with this mixture and press mini-marshmallows into the tops.
Place in preheated broiler and cook until marshmallows have turned brown. Watch carefully. Do not burn.
Note: Can be prepared ahead of time by using either of two methods.
Oven baked method
Make filled potato boats ahead, wrap and refrigerate or freeze. Return to room temperature and top with marshmallows before heating. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Bake filled potato boats uncovered until warm. If necessary, place under broiler to brown marshmallows.
Place whipped sweet potato mixture in a microwavable container and refrigerate overnight. Wrap skins and refrigerate separately. When ready to When you’re ready to carve the turkey, remove from insulated cooler. Unwrap and place on a carving serve, heat potato mixture in the microwave until hot. Using an electric beater, whip potatoes until smooth. Fill 12 potato skins and press marshmallows into the top. Preheat broiler and broil until marshmallows are brown.
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