Holiday Desserts and Sides

Another year has crept past and it’s that time of the year again for the holiday cheers. After debating and revising recipes many dishes will be showcased today. I feel the need to go a bit unconventional, but with a traditional twist to it.

Last year I had made:

  1. Garlic Mashed Potatoes
  2. Dulce de Leche Cake
  3. Key Lime Cheesecake
  4. Sweet Potato Pie
  5. Soft Ginger Cookies
  6. White Chocolate, Chocolate Cookies
  7. Chocolate Pumpkin Truffles
  8. Cookie Truffles
  9. Double Layer Pumpkin Cheesecake

This year I will be making less, but still with that “WOW!” factor in it. So a whole new menu that has been revised many times over and kept to a short list with items being taken off and being placed back on the list for weeks on end.

So now the final verdict has been written down and here are the dishes that I will be making this year:

  1. Iced Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Cookies
  2. Pumpkin Molasses Cupcakes
  3. Pumpkin Cheesecake
  4. Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes
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Sweet Potato Pie

Sweet potato pie is a traditional side dish in the Southern United States. It is often served during the American holiday season, especially at Thanksgiving, and is similar in many ways to pumpkin pie. Marshmallows are sometimes added as a topping, but this was adapted more in the Northern United States than in the South. I haven’t made one of these in 7 years. Let’s hope I can get it right.

Here are the ingredients needed in this recipe:

  • 1 lb sweet potato or canned unsweetened sweet potato puree
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup evaporated milk
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp ground cloves
  • 1/4 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 Tbsp flour
  • 1 (9 inch) unbaked pie crust

Step 1: Place sweet potatoes in a large pot of water.

Step 2: Bring to a boil with sweet potatoes whole in skin for 30-40 minutes, or until done.

Step 3: Run cold water over the sweet potato, and remove the skin.

Step 4: Break apart sweet potato in a bowl. (You could place it in a blender to make it smooth)

Step 5: Add butter, and mix well with mixer.

Step 6: Stir in sugar, milk, eggs, nutmeg, cinnamon, cloves, ginger, salt, lemon juice, vanilla, and flour.

Step 7: Beat on medium speed until mixture is smooth.

Step 8: Pour filling into an unbaked pie crust. (I strained the filling before adding it into the crust)

Step 9: Bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 55 to 60 minutes, or until knife inserted in center comes out partially clean. (Pie will puff up like a souffle, and then will sink down as it cools.)

Step 10: When fully cooled garnish with whipped cream and ground cinnamon.

Double Layer Pumpkin Cheesecake

Since I always make a cheesecake of some sort for the holidays I thought I should try something different for Thanksgiving.

Here are the ingredients needed for this recipe:

  • 2 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 (9 inch) prepared graham cracker crust
  • 1/2 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 pinch ground cloves
  • 1 pinch ground nutmeg
Step 1: Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C).
Step 2: In a large bowl, combine cream cheese, sugar and vanilla. Beat until smooth.
Step 3: Blend in eggs one at a time.
Step 4: Remove 1 cup of batter and spread into bottom of crust; set aside.
Step 5: Add pumpkin, cinnamon, salt, cloves, and nutmeg to the remaining batter and stir gently until well blended.
Step 6: Carefully spread over the batter in the crust.
Step 7: Bake for 35 to 40 minutes, or until center is almost set. (Will puff up after baking, but will go down in an hour or so)
Step 8: Allow to cool, then refrigerate for 3 hours or overnight.
Step 9: Cover with whipped topping before serving.
Note: You could layer as the bottom 1/2 cup of dulce de leche and when sliced it’ll look like there are three layers to the pie.

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