Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Thanksgiving: Sweet Potatoes


I hope all of you who celebrate Thanksgiving had a great one with lots of good food:)  Every year for Thanksgiving, I try a few new recipes.  One dish that graced our table this year was Sweet Potatoes. Usually, I just make mashed potatoes and call it good, but the family also said they would like some Sweet Potatoes.

Instead of sticking to the standard recipe I make most  of the time, I modified one I found on "My Recipes" website.   They baked their potatoes in orange cups and used pecans in their recipe.  I eliminated the orange cups and pecans and added lots more marshmallows.   We love marshmallows on our sweet potatoes.  I baked my potatoes  in an 8x8-inch baking dish that was lightly sprayed with cooking oil.

This was the favorite side.  The potatoes were sweet and creamy with just the right amount of spice.  The marshmallows, well, what can I say except they were what made the dish.  Toasted to perfection with their sweet melted goodness in every bite.

This is a perfect side for any meal.  We were scraping the baking dish to get every delicious bite:)



Sweet Potatoes
From "My Recipes.com" adapted by "From My Southwest Kitchen"

Ingredients:

6 small sweet potatoes (about 2 3/4 pounds)
1 (14-ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
3 tablespoons melted butter
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 teaspoons orange zest
3/4 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/8 teaspoon ground allspice
1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 1/2-2 cups miniature marshmallows

Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.  Place the sweet potatoes on a foil-lined baking sheet.  Bake for 45 minutes or until tender.  Let stand 20 minutes.  Reduce oven temperature to 350 degrees F.
2. Peel sweet potatoes and place potato pulp in a large mixing bowl.  Add sweetened condensed milk and the next 8 ingredients.  Beat at medium speed with an electric mixer until smooth, stopping occasionally to remove any tough fibers, if necessary.
3. Lightly spray an 8x8-inch baking dish with cooking spray.  Spoon potatoes evenly into the prepared dish and smooth top.
4. Bake at 350 degrees F for 20 minutes.  Remove from oven and top with the marshmallows pressing lightly to adhere.  Bake 15 to 20 minutes or until marshmallows are melted and golden brown.  Remove from oven and serve.

Makes 6 servings









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