Side Dishes

Maple-Glazed Yams with Orange and Cranberries

4 and 3/4 pounds yams (red-skinned sweet potatoes), peeled, and cut in to one inch pieces ,
3/4 cup pure maple syrup, 6 tablespoons (3/4 stick) melted butter, 1 and 1/2 teaspoons grated orange peel,
6 tablespoons dried cranberries, chopped fresh parsley

Preheat the oven to 350 F. Cook yams in large pot of boiling salted water3 minutes.
Drain; transfer to 13x9x2-inch glass baking dish. Blend syrup, butter, cranberries, and peel in small bowl;
pour over yams. Sprinkle with salt and pepper; toss to coat. (Can be made one day ahead. Cover and refrigerate)
Cooking time: 60 minutes. Makes 8 to 10 servings.

Warm New Potatoes with Maple-Bacon Dressing

If you cant find new potatoes, small yukon gold potatoes are a good substitute. Serve this with grilled or roast fish.

2 tablespooms olive oil, 3 slices of bacon, chopped, 2 tablespoons minced shallots, 1/2 teaspoon minced garlic, 1 tablespoon toasted mustard seeds, 1 tablespoon maple syrup
2 tablespoons cider vinegar, 1 teaspoon kosher salt, 2 tablespoons canola oil, 12 small new potatoes, washed and cut into quarters

In a small skillet, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the bacon and cook for 10 minutes or until crispy.
Add the shallots and garlic and saute for 3 minutes or until the shallots are translucent. Remove from the
heat and stir in the mustard seeds, maple syrup, vinegar, and salt.

Cook the potatoes in salted boiling water for 10 minutes, or until tender.
Drain and toss with the dressing. Serves 4.