Apricot-Sweet Potato Bake

Thanksgiving! In our family, this is our favorite holiday. My daughter, her husband and two sons will spend the week with us. With my mom and dad, we’ll be eight at the table. I love that, a big crowd for Thanksgiving Dinner. It’d be even better if our two sons and their families were here, too, but No. One Son will be here in a couple of weeks with his significant other. No. Two Son is in Kuwait and we’ll see his wife and daughter soon. So eight will do it this Thursday.

Every year we fuss about whether to focus on turkey or ham. How you could not have a turkey on Thanksgiving Day I do not fathom, but the fuss is moot. We always just have both. The dressing and the cranberry sauce are the must haves. The rest is negotiable. Usually a sweet potato dish, Amy’s green bean casserole with the crunchy onions on top, cornbread, and for those who spurn my sweet potatoes, mashed white potatoes, pumpkin pie, and cherry pie. Variables: pickled pineapple, squash casserole, homemade cranberry sauce variations (ever had it with horse radish mixed in?), oh, and don’t forget the gravy.

I’ve made gravy from scratch a few times from the turkey drippings. But it is a lot of trouble on a busy day. I just use the little powder envelopes and add the drippings to that. Nobody ever complains.
Because it’s Thanksgiving, and I truly am grateful for all our blessings, I want to share my most fabulous sweet potato and apricots casserole recipe.

About 1 ½ lbs. sweet potatoes, peeled and halved lengthwise.
¾ c firmly packed brown sugar
1 ½ T. cornstarch
¼ t salt
1/8 t ground cinnamon
1 t grated orange rind
1 or 2 16oz. can apricot halves (I use two)
2T butter or margarine
1/3 c pecan halves (I like more)

Place sweet potato halves in a lightly greased 10x6x2 baking dish; set aside.
Combine sugar, cornstarch, salt, cinnamon, and orange rind in a heavy saucepan; mix well. Drain apricots, reserving liquid, and set aside.
Add enough water to apricot liquid to make 1 cup. Gradually stir into dry mixture; cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until smooth and thickened. Remove from heat. Add butter; stir until butter melts. Add apricots and pecans; stir gently. Pour over sweet potatoes; cover and bake at 375 degrees for 50 to 55 minutes or until potatoes are tender. Yield: 6 servings.
Enjoy! and Happy Thanksgiving to you and your loved ones.

About glcraig

Gretchen Craig’s lush, sweeping tales deliver edgy, compelling characters who test the boundaries of integrity, strength, and love. Told with sensitivity, the novels realistically portray the raw suffering of people in times of great upheaval. Gretchen was born and raised in Florida. She’s lived in climates and terrain as diverse as the white beaches of the Gulf Coast, the rocky shores of Maine, and the dusty plains of Texas. Her awareness of place imbues every page with the smell of the bayous of Louisiana, the taste of gumbo in New Orleans, or the grit of a desert storm. Rich in compelling characters and historical detail, Always and Forever is a sweeping saga of Josie and Cleo, mistress and slave. Amid Cajuns and Creoles, the bonds between these two remarkable women are tested by prejudice, tragedy, and passion for one extraordinary man. Gretchen’s first novel won the Colorado Romance Writers Award of Excellence for Mainstream with Romantic Elements and was chosen as an Editor’s Pick in the Historical Novel Society reviews. Ever My Love, winner of the Booksellers Best Award from the Greater Detroit Romance Writers of America, continues the story of Cleo and Josie’s families, of their struggle for principle, justice, and love in a world where the underpinnings of the plantation culture are crumbling. Crimson Sky, inspired by the pueblos, mountains, and deserts of New Mexico, evokes the lives of people facing neighboring marauders and drought. Now the march of Spanish Conquistadors up the Rio Grande threatens their homeland, their culture, and their entire belief system.
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2 Responses to Apricot-Sweet Potato Bake

  1. You are a delight! So glad to meet you on blog jog day. Stop by my site and say hello.


    • glcraig says:

      Hi, Charmaine. I know it marks me as a Neanderthal to admit this, but I’ve only just discovered there were “More” comments behind the “More” button. Thank you blogging by my jog last November. I will stop by yours to say hello, too.
      Gretchen Craig.

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