I love sweet potatoes at Thanksgiving! This fresh sweet potato casserole is a new and improved take on my previous sweet potato casserole, that was based on the one from Ruth’s Chris. This new and improved recipe, while inspired by my previous one, throws everything out the window and starts from scratch. It is the perfect balance of sweet and savory. It quite possibly is one of the best side dishes that I have ever made. You definitely need to add this Sweet Potato Casserole to your Thanksgiving table!
I am a huge fan of pepper jelly. I like to add it to marinades and sauces, to add a little sweet heat. I also like to eat it straight up in Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwiches. Not to mention it is great with a little cream cheese on crackers. Pepper jelly is a pretty universal ingredient. I have tried almost all of the different commercially available Pepper Jelly’s but they just are not hot enough or they are way too sweet. So like any red blooded American, I decided that I could do it better myself. Wow, I was right. This pepper jelly is the best I have have ever eaten. It is not too sweet, but has enough heat to let you know that it contains Habaneros.
I am a sucker for sweet and spicy flavor profiles. So when we had a few chicken breasts lying around and a can of pineapple chunks, I knew that I had to make kabobs. To be honest, I have never been to Hawaii or even had traditional Hawaiian food. So the authenticity of this dish is not purely Hawaiian, but Hawaiian in style. These Hawaiian Chicken Kabobs are a chicken kabob coated in a sweet and spicy sauce that takes you right to the beach.
The other day I was searching for something to grill. Then I found some chipotle peppers in my pantry. It was on. I was going to make a BBQ sauce and cook up some chicken. The sweetness of the peach would hopefully offset the heat and smokiness from the chipotles. It was a huge hit.