If you're anything like me you haven't quite figured out what's going to be on your holiday dinner menu yet. I'm hosting our family celebration at my house in a couple days, which means I probably should have had what dishes I'm going to prepare nailed down weeks ago, but I'm the kind of girl who likes to fly by the seat of her pants. Haha! So, obviously I'm looking for quick and easy recipes now that won't require a ton of prep. I'll be a busy bee right up until the big day, so I plan on taking a low key approach this year. And my new Delonghi MultiFry couldn't have come at a better time...

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Quick and Easy Sweet Potato Side Dish

Remember the caramelized pineapple dessert I posted the other day? Well, I decided to use a similar process to make one of my favorite holiday side dishes...sweet potatoes. This dish is almost as sweet as a dessert, but that's totally allowed during the holidays right? That's my story and I'm stickin' to it...

Now I haven't landed on which protein I'm going to serve, but it will most likely be turkey or prime rib and these sweet potatoes will be a perfect partner for either. I can't tell you how easy it was to whip them up in the MultiFry. 

Caramelized Sweet Potatoes Ingredients

(serves 8)

  • 4 large sweet potatoes
  • 4 tbs. unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup of brown sugar

Caramelized Sweet Potatoes

1. Wash and peel the sweet potatoes.
2. Cube them.
3. Melt the butter.
4. Add the sweet potatoes and cook until tender (about 15-20 min.)
5. Once the sweet potatoes are cooked through, add the brown sugar and allow it to caramelize on top.

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Roasted Parsnips Ingredients

  • 6 parsnips peeled and sliced thin
  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp tarragon
  • 1/4 tsp pepper

Roasted Parsnips Directions

  1. Mix all ingredients in a bowl. 
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