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15 November 2007 @ 07:22 am
Thanksgiving Sweet Potatoes  

For all you Americans, Thanksgiving is coming up, and I thought I'd share my family's quintessential Thanksgiving fare, the pan of sweet potatoes.  Yams, if you will.  Do I know the difference?  Erm... Yams are yellow, I think, and sweet potatoes are orange.  Or something.  This recipe came from my sweet MIL Lanell, who is a fantastic cook.  And these are less of what you'd call a vegetable, and more of a little party in your mouth, as I think the amount of sugar negates all nutritional value.  :)  But it's Thanksgiving!  Who's looking to be healthy?

Persephone's Candied Sweet Potatoes

4-6 large sweet potatoes, cooked whole and  cooled
3/4 c. sugar
1/4 c. butter
1/2 tsp salt
8 oz of Dr. Pepper
1 bag mini marshmallows

Cast of Characters:

That's sugar in that blue cannister; and those are the potatoes already boiled, drained and cooled, thus the gunk in the pot.  :)


Cook potatoes 25 minutes or til tender.  Peel sweet potatoes; if you boil them with their jackets on, the peel comes right off.  


Cut into quarters and place in baking dish.


Combine the next four ingredients in a saucepan and bring to a boil.  Let it boil for about 10 minutes.

Can we talk about Dr. Pepper for a moment?  I cannot stand it.  I know, sacrilege.  I'm a southerner from Texas who thinks Dr. Pepper is gross.  However, in this recipe, you don't taste it, all you taste is the sweet.  And man, is this sweet.


Pour over potatoes in baking dish.


Bake in 375F oven for 45 minutes.  Baste several times during bake time.


Remove from oven.  Just before serving, top with marshmallows (slapping away little blond boys' hands) and put under broiler til just browned.


So pretty!


Yummy!  Just so you don't think my family eats two pans of these at a sitting, I took them to a church dinner last night.  Every bite... gone.




 
 
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Comic Book Goddessrainpuddle13 on November 15th, 2007 03:41 pm (UTC)
I smother mine is butter soaked brown sugar and pecans and bake until bubbly. :)
Carrie Leigh: get the cowcarrie_leigh on November 15th, 2007 06:39 pm (UTC)
Oh.... pecans. Mmmmmm.
Comic Book Goddessrainpuddle13 on November 15th, 2007 06:41 pm (UTC)
Butter roasted, coated in brown sugar pecans is not necessarily a bad thing...
Carrie Leigh: Chicago - happycarrie_leigh on November 15th, 2007 06:42 pm (UTC)
Maybe for your arteries... but definitely not your taste buds. Oh, yum.
Comic Book Goddess: Cartoon - Thumper laughrainpuddle13 on November 15th, 2007 06:44 pm (UTC)
Well, the beauty part is I don't eat them. I just make them. Just like I don't eat any of the cakes or pies I bake. Yes, I'm weird like that.

However, I *will* eat my peanut butter balls.
Carrie Leigh: Cinically Insanecarrie_leigh on November 15th, 2007 06:50 pm (UTC)
I don't eat the cakes or pies that I bake, either!

Solidarity, sister.
Comic Book Goddess: Christmas Angelrainpuddle13 on November 15th, 2007 07:34 pm (UTC)
But I love to bake them. Go figure.

I actually just like to hear how much everyone loves them and thinks I'm a most brilliant cook.
Carrie Leighcarrie_leigh on November 15th, 2007 08:11 pm (UTC)
Shhhh. Me, too.
I'm just me: emo animatedairmidm on November 15th, 2007 03:42 pm (UTC)
Dr. Pepper? Really? We use brown sugar, but I'll have to try it your way. This is the only time I can get my kids to eat a veggie other than green beans. Thanks for the recipe!
Carrie Leigh: harry flirtcarrie_leigh on November 15th, 2007 06:40 pm (UTC)
I know. Dr. Pepper. I never liked sweet potatoes til i had these. Yum-MY.
I'm just me: Supernaturalairmidm on November 16th, 2007 02:50 pm (UTC)
I will have to try them now. *grin* We don't do Thanksgiving...in fact we're going to a Children's Museum and staying at a hotel withan indoor water park this year instead. I will give it a go for Yule though. *hugs*
seegrim: cuddly Jamesseegrim on November 15th, 2007 03:55 pm (UTC)
I must admit I'm intrigued by the Dr. Pepper. I'll try it and report back. :)
Carrie Leigh: James Marsdencarrie_leigh on November 15th, 2007 06:41 pm (UTC)
*pets your icon*

Do. It really is a good dish. Really sweet, but good.

Brendan: Alton Brown - Mixer Gunbrendanm720 on November 15th, 2007 06:52 pm (UTC)
In our house, it's pretty much the same, only we mash them up (with some butter and cream) before putting them into the casserole dishes, and there's no doctor pepper (brown sugar or molasses, depending on who is making them). There is definite marshmallowage, though, in the form of a bag of normal-sized marshmallows.

I'm intrigued by the chunks... I've never braised them in a syrup. That's an approach that I'll have to try.

Also:

Yams and Sweet Potatoes in America are the same species; there are several varieties and colors, but they're all basically the same thing.

The reason they're called yams (generally in the South, or by transplanted Southerners) is because they resemble a root that the slaves used to eat back in Africa. Since it was very nearly the same thing, they just used the same name.

It's amazing what you can learn by watching TV...
Carrie Leigh: Chicago - happycarrie_leigh on November 15th, 2007 07:06 pm (UTC)
*grins* Hello, Brendanm720.

Thanks for the root vegetable lesson. Who says Livejournal is a waste of time?

I think the marshmallowage is the key... without it, they might still be construed as a vegetable.
Brendan: Sinfest - Chefsbrendanm720 on November 15th, 2007 07:58 pm (UTC)
[waves]

In case you're trying to figure out who I am, I play Arthur, Charlie, and Sam Capper over at culpaepatria. :-D

Thanks for the root vegetable lesson. Who says Livejournal is a waste of time?

It wasn't me.

Promise.

I think the marshmallowage is the key... without it, they might still be construed as a vegetable.

[looks shiftily around]

They're not really a vegetable -- at least not culinarily and nutritionally speaking. They're a starch. (Like potatoes and corn and cereal grains.)

[is dork]

This is, of course, a yearly point of contention between my mother and her sister, who seems to be alergic to the color green.
Carrie Leigh: coffee like fanficcarrie_leigh on November 15th, 2007 08:14 pm (UTC)
Was it obvious? I knew I recognized your username, but I couldn't place from where.

I'm awfully fond of your visual representation of Charlie Weasley, by the by. ;)

Oh, damn. Really? Not a vegetable? I think my kids might be in trouble. Great.
Brendan: Little Nash Rambler (Beep Beep)brendanm720 on November 15th, 2007 08:47 pm (UTC)
Was it obvious? I knew I recognized your username, but I couldn't place from where.

Yep... I could see the squint, the head tilt, and the whiskey tango foxtrot look from here. :-D


I'm awfully fond of your visual representation of Charlie Weasley, by the by. ;)

:D Thanks! (Though, I get that a lot)

Interestingly enough, he took the longest to pick out. I think I had gotten opinions off of kaz814, silverstardance, elle_blessing and ink_addict before settling on Robert Kazinsky.

Oh, damn. Really? Not a vegetable? I think my kids might be in trouble. Great.

[raises eyebrows]

Is there a problem with vegetables at home? [grins evilly]
(Anonymous) on November 16th, 2007 05:33 am (UTC)
Is there a problem with vegetables at home?

I'm a vegetarian, and my kids eat potatoes and carrots, and green beans. That's it. They'll probably die of rickets or scurvy or something horrible. ;)
Brendan: Bill Nye the Science Guybrendanm720 on November 17th, 2007 03:36 am (UTC)
Meh.

Rickets is caused by a deficiency in Vitamin D and Calcium, and scurvy is caused by a deficiency in Vitamin C.

So long as you serve food that have all those things in them, you guys should be fine.
dL: strawberrydieloreley on November 15th, 2007 11:23 pm (UTC)
That looks gooooood. I so want to reach out and grab that bag of Mini Marshmallows all for myself! *sticks out tongue at Ethan and Aaron* I think if I made these, though, Daniel would never ever have sweet potatoes any other way. *pouts* We do brown sugar and ginger either as a soup or baked. I think that might be the Asian way, though, because this is my grandma's method. *thinky*
Carrie Leigh: daffy robincarrie_leigh on November 16th, 2007 01:37 pm (UTC)
I like ginger, I use it in stir fry.

My SIL eats candied ginger, which i find horrific in every way.
Embellishedembe11ished on November 15th, 2007 11:36 pm (UTC)
Yours looks more appetizing than the ones my husband makes. He does them along with carrots on the stove-top for hours and hours, basting with maple syrup and brown sugar, but he doesn't use marshmallows at all. I never got into the whole yam thing, though. I can't see the appeal. But he likes them, and does all the work himself, so what does it really matter to me? :)
Carrie Leigh: Some guys/arseniccarrie_leigh on November 16th, 2007 01:43 pm (UTC)
I never liked sweet potatoes at all til I tasted this recipe.

And if my husband voluntarily lifted a finger in the kitchen, I would die of cardiac arrest. He can't even find the ice pick by himself.