Last night while I was falling asleep I dreamt that I ran out of sweet potatoes, so I mixed a can of canned pumpkin with mashed potatoes and brought that to Thanksgiving dinner. Everyone in the dream believed it was real sweet potatoes. Somehow I don't think it would go over so well in reality.
A classic dish would be candied yams, which is really made with sweet potatoes. Did you know that what we call yams are really sweet potatoes? It's an accident that we ended up this way to begin with.
What I really want to bring to Thanksgiving dinner are mashed purple yams (or ubes). You can find them at Asian and specialty markets. Purple yams behave like any starchy vegetable and you can use them just like potatoes. They truly are a vibrant color, imagine serving purple yams next to blazing orange sweet potatoes (or yams, if you aren't used to the change of name yet). Now that's a presentation that will amaze every guest.
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