RECIPE: Thanksgiving Sweet Potatoes with a Moroccan Twist

It's one of our favorite times of year where we give thanks, spend time with family, and...of course... eat! Here at Casablanca Market, we thought you might enjoy adding a bit of Morocco to your Thanksgiving. So, we asked our founder, Katia, to share her recipe for Thanksgiving Sweet Potatoes with a Moroccan Twist.

Katia Essyad is native of Morocco and a lover of all things delicious. Her cooking has been directly inspired by her mother and the women she was brought up with--many of whom are Casablanca Market's artisans to this day. A self-taught chef with a passion for creating fabulous dishes, Katia loves using spices imported from Morocco and organic produce from local farmers. For this sweet potato recipe, she called for Moroccan preserved lemons, cinnamon, fresh ginger and black raisins.

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Serves: 4 

3 medium sweet potatoes
½ sliced rind of preserved lemon
A pinch of saffron
½ tsp ground or fresh ginger
1 tsp of salt
1 cinnamon stick
2 tbs of black raisins
2 tbs of sugar
1 tbs of butter
A pinch of ground cinnamon

*Many of these ingredients are available on our Moroccan Food page here *


Step by step directions: 

  • Peel & cut sweet potatoes into bite-sized cubes and wash.
  • Cover in pot with 1 ½ cups of water.
  • Add 1 teaspoon of salt, 1 stick of cinnamon, ½ teaspoon of ginger and a pinch of saffron.

    • Boil until tender. (15 minutes)
    • Strain.

    • Melt 1 tablespoon of butter in sauté pan and add Sweet Potatoes.
    • Add 2 teaspoons of sugar, 2 tablespoons of black raisins, preserved lemons and ground cinnamon.

    • Saute for 4-5 minutes.

    And presto... your Thanksgiving Sweet Potatoes with a Moroccan Twist are ready! Can be served hot or cold. 



    Handmade For Home

    This recipe is just a foundation. Please put yourself into the recipe wherever you sit fit. For example, our founder Katia loves butter and she’s known for adding a bit more in than the recipe calls for :) Double the raisins! Cut the butter! This is your recipe, we're just here to get you started. 


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    November 22, 2016 by Ally Labriola

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