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
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.
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.