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This Thanksgiving: Something New | Architect of the Internet

I’m breaking all the rules for this #ArchiTalks assignment.

Have you been following along with #ArchiTalks?

About #ArchiTalks

Here’s the format: every month, someone (usually Bob Borson of Life of an Architect) throws out a topic and a growing number of us in the architectural profession wax poetic (more or less) on the subject.

You can find a complete list of everyone participating in this month’s #ArchiTalks challenge at the end of this article.

Did you miss last month’s articles? My contribution was “My First Project – Again”

From Our Table To Yours

We’re supposed to share a recipe from our table to yours. But here’s the thing …

This is the time of year that our family typically travels over the river (literally) and through the woods (literally) to Grandmother’s house (literally). We’ve made this annual multi-day, multi-state trek for well over a decade. This is the time where we typically enjoy Mom’s (my Mother, the kids’ Grandmother) great, southern feast.

We haven’t fixed a Thanksgiving dish in all that time (you don’t exactly carry sweet potato casserole 700 miles, especially when Mom makes it better anyway).

Well, a trip to the surgery center last week changed everything (at least for this year). It wasn’t anything ‘serious’ (although I tend to think any discussion of anesthesia and cutting on body parts smacks of seriousness) but it means that we won’t be traveling … and, we’ll be cooking for Thanksgiving.

The Great Recipe Swap

This giant #ArchiTalks recipe swap comes at the perfect time. While the Echols family won’t be enjoying Grandmother’s secret recipe mashed potatoes (and I won’t be sharing Mom’s secret mashed potato recipe), it’s a great opportunity for us to do a little Thanksgiving culinary exploration.

I’m looking forward to what everyone else shares and, even though I’m a huge fan of sweet potato casserole and sweet potato pie and all things sweet having to do with sweet potatoes, I’m looking forward to trying this new (to me) twist on a Thanksgiving sweet potatoes.

This Thanksgiving: Something New Potato | Architect of the Internet


Savory Sweet Potato Casserole

Kit Of Parts:

3 medium sweet potatoes (about 2 pounds), scrubbed well
4 ounces smoked bacon (about 5 slices)
2 tablespoons dark brown sugar
3 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature
2 small shallots, finely minced
1 teaspoon minced fresh rosemary, plus more for garnish
1 large egg
2 tablespoons heavy cream
2 ounces Gruyere cheese (about ½ cup), finely grated, plus more for garnish
Kosher salt
Freshly ground black pepper


Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Place sweet potatoes on a parchment-lined baking sheet, and pierce each several times with a fork. Bake until tender when pierced with the tip of a paring knife, about 45 minutes. Remove from oven and set aside to cool.

Line a rimmed baking sheet with aluminum foil and fit with a wire rack. Arrange bacon strips on rack, and sprinkle with brown sugar. Cook until well glazed and crisp, 12 to 15 minutes. Remove from oven, let cool slightly and roughly chop.

Melt 1 tablespoon of butter in a small skillet over medium heat. Add shallots, and cook until soft and fragrant, about 2 minutes. Add rosemary, and cook 1 minute. Remove from heat.

Cut cooled potatoes in half and scoop out sweet potato flesh. Place flesh in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Add remaining 2 tablespoons butter, reserved shallot mixture, egg, cream and cheese. Mix well until combined. Transfer to food processor, and mix until very smooth. Season with salt and pepper.

Transfer mixture into baking dish. Bake until golden, about 30 minutes. Remove from oven, and garnish with Gruyere, rosemary and reserved bacon. Serve immediately.

The Result:

8 – 10 Servings of Savory Sweet Potato Goodness

Do you have a favorite Thanksgiving recipe? Are you willing to share your Mom’s secret recipe? Let me know. I’d like to hear from you in the comment section below.

In the meantime, here’s a list of some others and their favorite Thanksgiving recipes:

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About Jeff Echols

Jeff Echols is the creative Storyteller for Award-Winning architecture firms and the Social Media Campaign Manager for industry professionals. He is a graduate of Ball State University with over 20 years’ experience in the marketing departments of firms ranging from three to three thousand employees.

Jeff spends countless hours studying, developing and implementing strategies for insuring marketing success for Architects and other business owners in the online arena. He documents the good, the bad and the ugly in Social Media at Architect of the Internet and speaks about Conquering Social Media in venues ranging from the Board Room to the Convention Stage.


  1. You know how this works with food recipes, right? You have to show a picture of the finished product if you want people to actually make your dish. I’m going to come back and check on Friday to see if you’ve added one (since I know you’ll be making one tomorrow!)

    Happy Thanksgiving Jeff –


  2. It is unfortunate that you were unable to travel this year. And the sweet potato casserole sounds delicious. But alas, i am the only one in my house who would even try it (my family are not big sweet potato fans).


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