Thanksgiving leftovers should not mean that you have to eat the same thing over and over again. These leftover sweet potato and cranberry rolls use up your leftovers in a way that is unique and delicious and they’re ready in under an hour!
Growing up one of my favorite things about Thanksgiving was all of the leftovers. Who doesn’t love a carb-rich, good-for-your-soul meal for two weeks after the holiday? That is until you hit about day three of leftovers and you never want to see green bean casserole, mashed sweet potatoes, cranberry sauce, and gravy ever again.
Thankfully this Thanksgiving I won’t have to worry about leftovers because my family and I are meeting in New York from Wednesday until Saturday. This non-traditional setting will be a nice change from the norm. No dirty dishes stacked a mile high in the kitchen, no messy house to tend to after everyone leaves, and no leftovers to try to cram into your refrigerator and eat for the next couple of weeks.
If you are having a traditional Thanksgiving this year unlike my family do yourself a favor and arm yourself with recipes like this one to combat your Thanksgiving leftover blues. Instead of eating the same ol’ boring leftovers I whipped up a recipe that allows you to hide some of those leftovers in a delicious new way.
A soft, buttery, sweet potato dough is stuffed with leftover cranberry sauce (or chutney in my case), rolled into small rolls, and baked until golden brown. The result is a savory and sweet treat that can be served without anyone recognizing the dreaded leftovers. Did I mention they take less than an hour to make?
This “quick bread” is not your typically yeast dough where you have to let it rise for an hour until doubled in size, then form it into what you want, and then let it rise AGAIN. Just give me the bread already, right? This yeast dough comes together in about 10 minutes, rises for 15 minutes, and bakes for 15 to 20 minutes. Pretty much heaven for all the fresh bread lovers out there.
What I love about the rolls is that they are not super sweet and balance sweet and savory notes with each bite. Especially if you use cranberry chutney. Tangy, sweet, spiced, and thick, the cranberry chutney is a nice surprise waiting for anyone expecting these to be cloyingly sweet. Serve them warm with butter and leave all of your Thanksgiving leftover troubles behind!