Top 5 Worst Thanksgiving Side Dishes: Please, Please, Do NOT Pass the Ambrosia Salad
1. Candied sweet potatoes with marshmallows
Photo by Ben Hanbury Nope.
I love sweet potatoes, but there is this one thing I've noticed about them -- they're sweet. Naturally sweet. Hence the name. Someone please explain to me why anyone would think to ravage the delightful flavor that nature bestowed upon this delicately sweet root by tossing them in brown sugar and topping them with marshmallows. Anyone? It's an abomination, an affront to nature. Is it a dessert? Is it a side dish? Does it pair well with anything else on the table? The answer to all of these questions is "no, no, it does not." Nobody wants bites of sugary, artificial-tasting marshmallows and cloying sweet potatoes or yams in between bites of juicy turkey and savory stuffing. Sweet potatoes should be treated with the dignity they deserve and roasted or baked, with little else -- especially not sugar -- marring their smooth, creamy, orange meat.