I’ll just say right up front that this Holiday recipe is probably the highest carb recipe on my website. Now that I have that unpleasant admission out of the way……….this dish has been a favorite of mine and my mother’s for many, many years. Despite its higher carbs, I do plan to make this for Christmas or Thanksgiving this year. To low-carb the original recipe, I switched to artificial sweeteners, maple extract for a brown sugar flavor, and slightly reduced the amount of fruit. If you ditch the maraschino cherries (which are very good in this) you will save 2.8 net carbs per serving; if you ditch the sweet potatoes, making it just a curried fruit dish, (the potatoes were not in Mom’s original recipe), you will save an additional 4 net carbs per serving. Your decision there. Fresh cherries would be a better option, of course, but I had none tonight so I just used the maraschino cherries we keep around for mixing drinks for visitors. You can also use chunks of fresh, cooked pumpkin to pull the carbs down a lot on this dish. This side is a lovely complement to roast turkey, baked chicken, roast duck, goose and hooved wild game as well. Tonight, I used a Sri Lankan curry powder, which is “hotter” than my Sharwood’s brand, but it was delicious! If you’ve never had curried fruit, I’m certain if you like the taste of curry powder, you will absolutely love this dish! This is not suitable until the “higher-carb fruits” rung of the Atkins OWL carb ladder, when you have reached the Pre-Maintenance phase.
2 T. unsalted butter, melted
1 T. curry powder
20 drops liquid sucralose (or 1/4 c. granular)
½ tsp. maple extract
1 T. erythritol (or 1 packet stevia)
6 pear halves, natural juice pack, drained & cut in half
4 slices pineapple, natural juice pack, drained and cut into thirds
6 oz. nectarine, sliced (I don’t peel mine)
10 maraschino cherries (or fresh, pitted)
5 oz. sweet potato, peeled
DIRECTIONS: Preheat oven to 350º. Peel sweet potatoes, cut into medium-size chunks and boil in sauce pan for 4-5 minutes only. You just want to half cook them. Alternately you can use fresh pumpkin chunks instead to lower carbs. Drain and set aside. While they are boiling, melt butter in baking dish in oven. Remove and stir in extract, curry powder and sweeteners. Slice nectarine into the butter/curry mixture. Add pear quarters and pineapple pieces. Add whatever cherries you’re using next (pit them if using fresh). Last add the partially cooked sweet potatoes. Toss gently with a large serving spoon so as to get some of the seasoned butter to coat each piece. Pop into a 350º oven and bake for around 35-45 minutes, tossing the fruit in the sauce once during baking. Serve hot with your favorite roast fowl or game. Leftovers reheat nicely and this dish tastes even better the second time around!
NUTRITIONAL INFO: Makes 6 servings, each contains:
124.8 calories, 4.15 g fat, 22.32 g carbs, 3.23 g fiber, 19.09 g NET CARBS, 1.13 g protein, 16 mg sodium