Thursday is the big day, and right now the grocery stores are aflutter with activity. I have to brave the crowds myself, to get ingredients for my turkey day contribution!

So what will be on your dining room table this Thanksgiving? The traditional turkey and stuffing? Are you deep frying or smoking your bird to give it some pizazz? Or will you go the opposite way and serve a leg of lamb, ribs or a pot roast instead? Whatever you serve, cook it with love, and enjoy this season of togetherness. That’s the most important thing! photo from

I reached out to my friend, Chicago’s own Chef Julius, for a special recipe to share with you all to add some spice and flavor to your Thanksgiving menus. He did me one better. Not only did Chef Julius provide a recipe, he also offered Afrobella readers a special discount on the spices he endorses at Red Monkey Foods! It may be too late for you to get a Chef’s Kit of spices for Thanksgiving, but you should definitely scoop one up for Christmas. Chef Julius’s Dry Aged Beef & Herb blend, and his Red Pepper & Parmesan Herb, go SO well with holiday flavors to make your recipes even more delicious than normal.

First, the recipe. For Thanksgiving, try this on for size!

Chef Julius Spicy Kissed Mashed Sweet Potatoes

4 large sweet potatoes
2TB Red Monkey Ground Cinnamon
1TB Red Monkey Mango Habanera Seasoning
1TB Red Monkey Allspice
1TB Red Monkey Nutmeg
2TB Giangrandi Gourmet Extra Virgin Olive Oil
¼ cup Nature Isle Mango Pepper Sauce
2TB unsalted butter
Salt & Pepper


Place potatoes in a large pot and cover them with water.

Bring pot to a boil and boil for 25-30min, until potatoes are fork tender

Drain the water, allow potatoes to cool a bit and remove the skin. (The potatoes should still be warm)

Place peeled potatoes into a large bowl and add the olive oil. Use a potato masher and incorporate the oil into the potatoes.

Next add ALL of the dry Red Monkey ingredients and the butter. Use the masher again. The mixture should be really soft and have a smooth texture.

Finally add the mango pepper sauce. Use a wooden spoon to incorporate it. Season with salt and pepper. Serve warm.

Now the discount!

If you want to check out the organic spices, bread dippers, and all natural seasoning rubs available from Red Monkey Foods, click here, and Afrobella readers get 15% off their order with the coupon code is CHEFTIKI. It expires 1/31/2011! Don’t forget to check out the spice selections by Chef Julius if you’re looking for something unique and delicious! Don’t forget to check out Chef Julius at A Tale of Two Chefs, and follow him on Twitter!

What do you think, do these mashed sweet potatoes sound good, or what? Happy Thanksgiving!!

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Zuleika says:
November 23, 2010, 2:18 pm
Thanks for the recipe! I wonder if I can fit this on my ever growing menu this week. hehe
dee says:
November 24, 2010, 7:57 am
Sounds good, but no thanks. My family's narrowed it down so the only sweet potatoes we have will be in some pies! lol. Hope everybody enjoys their holiday.
Purple says:
November 24, 2010, 11:24 am
Yum. I will try this out even though we don't have Thanksgiving where I live. Thanks Bella. Please keep the recipes coming.
pets says:
November 24, 2010, 4:18 pm
I have never had mashed sweet potatoes - is it what we know as a sweet potatoe? Here in Trinidad we would eat it bolied and sliced with calaloo, stewed chicken or beef and other provisions aka "blue food" or made into a savoury shepherd's pie with minced meat - maybe we can try this sometime.
Jane says:
November 27, 2010, 9:03 am
I made this, and everyone commented as to how wonderful and flavoursome it was. Amazing!


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