Apple Butter Glazed Sweet Potatoes

Apple butter glazed sweet potatoes with a touch of spice make a great side for weeknight dinners and holiday feasts alike. They’ll be perfectly at home on your Thanksgiving table!

Apple Butter Glazed Sweet Potatoes // SavvyEat.com

If you looked in the basket where we store our potatoes at any given time this fall, you might have seen a Yukon gold or purple potato or two. That is, if you could find them under the piles of sweet potatoes I’ve been keeping on hand. I just can’t get enough of those starchy tubers lately!

For a quick weeknight dinner, I’ll pan-roast some sweet potatoes and mix them with this fresh chorizo that my favorite farmer makes. And of course, the occasional batch of sweet potato fries goes into my oven. But when I already have an entree set and just want a starchy side to go with it, this glazed sweet potato recipe is my new favorite.

Apple Butter Glazed Sweet Potatoes // Savvy Eats

Apple butter is my go-to preserve to use in fall cooking and baking. It features all of the warming spices we associate with Thanksgiving and crisp, cool weather and falling leaves. Plus, it adds a little sweetness without being overpowering. This means that in baked goods, like apple hand pies, you can get a more complex flavor than you would with just granulated or brown sugar. And in savory dishes, mixing in some apple butter makes for a brighter, more well-rounded flavor in the final dish.

Bowl of Apple Butter Glazed Sweet Potatoes // SavvyEat.com

While we’ve been enjoying this apple butter-glazed sweet potato recipe with many of our weeknight dinners, I also think they’d be great for Thanksgiving as an alternative to the more traditional sweet potato casserole. Think about it: they are still sweet and buttery, with that comforting flavor you’d expect from your favorite Thanksgiving dishes, but they are a nice deviation from the marshmallow-topped whipped potatoes. I imagine they’d be excellent next to a big serving of turkey, a few spoonfuls of wineberry salad or cranberry sauce, and a scoop of brussels sprouts, don’t you think?

Orange and Ginger Dark Chocolate Bark

This dark chocolate bark is studded with candied orange peel, crystallized ginger and sliced almonds for a easy DIY holiday food gift or dessert.

Orange and Ginger Dark Chocolate Bark // savvyeat.com

The downside of moving during the holiday season is that we’re going to have to alter or forgo some of our holiday traditions this year. We’re not going to be decorating our tree, for instance, as both it and our ornaments will be on a moving truck until the 22nd, at which point we’ll be so busy unpacking the essentials, we won’t have time to decorate. I’m going to be skipping my “make all of the cookies” weekend-long baking extravaganza for the same reason (though I suspect my back, shoulders and feet might thank me for that, given the whole I’ll-be-7-months-pregnant thing).

There are some positives to the timing too, though. For one, I’ve been listening to Christmas music on blast for weeks now. Dan usually puts a kibosh on hearing any holiday music until after Thanksgiving, so I’d stick to just listening via headphones or during the workday, when he wasn’t around to hear it. But with the move timed as it is, he’s accepted that he’s going to have to hear it a little early.  It is amazing how much holiday music lowers my stress level. I can’t imagine doing all this rushed packing without it!

We’ll still have kitchen access in the two weeks between when we leave Ithaca and get into our new house in Minnesota, since we’ll be crashing with my parents during that time. So I’ll still get to do some baking, and can break out all my traditional favorite recipes. I’m adding in a few super-easy treat recipes this year too, for gifting to friends and family. This chocolate bark totally fits the bill – it takes less than 10 minutes to make, and looks stunning. Plus, candied orange peel + crystallized ginger + sliced almonds is a winning combination in my book.

So here’s to happy and healthy holiday travels (or if you’re as crazy as Dan and I, holiday moves). Have some chocolate bark.

Orange and Ginger Dark Chocolate Bark // Savvy Eats

Orange and Ginger Dark Chocolate Bark

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Yield: Serves 6-8

Orange and Ginger Dark Chocolate Bark

Making your own chocolate bark couldn't be easier, and makes for a stunning gift or dessert. Mix up the toppings as you please - dried pineapple would be great with the crystallized ginger and almonds, for instance!

Ingredients

  • 6 ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped
  • 6 ounces dark chocolate, chopped (bittersweet chocolate can be substituted)
  • 1/2 cup candied orange peel (I used this recipe from Savory Simple )
  • 1/4 cup crystallized ginger, chopped
  • 3 tablespoon sliced blanched almonds

Instructions

  1. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper, and measure out 3/4 cup of the chocolate to set aside.
  2. Melt the rest of the chocolate over a double boiler, stirring often. If you don't have a double boiler, you can nestle a heatproof mixing bowl in a simmering pot of water, and melt the chocolate in the bowl.
  3. As soon as the chocolate is completely melted, remove it from the heat. Stir in the remaining 3/4 cup of chocolate, stirring constantly until all the chocolate is melted.
  4. Spread the chocolate in a thin, even layer on the parchment paper.
  5. Sprinkle with the orange peel, ginger and almonds, pressing lightly to adhere the toppings to the chocolate.
  6. Allow to set and cool at room temperature for at least 2 hours before breaking apart and serving.
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