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Tuesday, December 05, 2006

Sweet Potatoes (Yams) With A Twist Of Orange & Marshmallow

Karen, sociopath and full of humor, graciously allowed this recipe to be posted.

She Writes:

"When my cousins and I were all little kids, my older cousin made us scared to eat sweet potatoes. My grandmother had to find a way to get us to eat them again. I only remember how to make a ‘family’ batch."

Ingredients:

  1. 8 sweet, thick-skinned oranges.
  2. 4 or 5 big sweet potatoes…about the size of two fists together. (some stores call them Yams)
  3. Bag of marshmallows
  4. 3 - 4 teaspoons cinnamon
  5. 1 teaspoon nutmeg
  6. ½ tsp ginger ( better…fresh grated ginger)
  7. ½ cup plus 2tbsp dark brown sugar. ( you can use honey, corn syrup or molasses)
  8. 1 tablespoon dark rum
  9. 1 pinch of salt
  10. 1 teaspoon baking soda
  11. 1/8 cup flour.
Directions:
  1. Boil sweet potatoes until they are soft enough to mash.
  2. Cool them, skin them and do just that, in a BIG bowl.
  3. Cut oranges in half.
  4. Squeeze out some of the juice (mix it with the vodka you’re hiding from the kids)
  5. Scoop out the pulp, pull out the white fibrous stuff, and put into the remaining pulp into the sweet potato mixture.
  6. Save the scooped out orange halves.
  7. Cover a baking pan ( one with at least 1” sides) with foil. Arrange the 16 empty orange halves on the sheet. Put a dab of butter (like a thumbnail sized shaving) in the bottom of each and the barest pinch of cinnamon into the bottom of each. (To keep this parve - non-dairy - use extra virgin oil instead of butter!)
  8. Preheat oven to 375
  9. Put the rest of the cinnamon and all of the other ingredients except the marshmallows into the bowl with the sweet-potato/orange mixture.
  10. Beat well. ( I suggest a hand mixer at high for 5 min) You want a smooth texture like mashed potatoes.)
  11. Spoon the mixture into the orange halves, mounding it like cupcakes.
  12. You may have left over mixture. Grandma used to use it as a spread….peanut butter and sweet potato sandwiches. (Now I know why Karen is like she is having to eat those sandwiches!)
  13. Bake at 375 for 15 min.
  14. Remove from oven Put marshmallows on top of each orange.
  15. (Optional : sprinkle with more cinnamon)
  16. Return to oven until the marshmallow is browned and gooey.
  17. Remove, cool and serve.

Didja LIKE it? Didja!?!?!



I can only wonder how someone can make you scared to eat sweet potatoes!
I should point out that Karen happens to like "alcoholic" foods. She likes that extra "punch".

Plain Sweet Potatoes are incredibly easy. Just wrap each one individually in silver foil, place in the oven on high (275 degrees Centigrade) and depending on their size let them sit for between 60 to 90 minutes. You will know they are ready when you can stick a fork into them and feel they are soft. BTW, Sweet Potatoes "leak" so put something under the silver foil or you will spend hours cleaning the oven. I speak from experience here! I am going to give this a two in difficulty only because you are going to be making this in stages.

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