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Marilyn's Sweet Potatoes Recipes

For Sharon to consider. We have many many sweet potato recipes, lots thanks to this 'letter, but here are a few that have always been special favorites at Thanksgiving.

Caramelized Candied Sweet Potatoes Recipe

1/2 c. margarine*
1/2 lb. light brown sugar
1/8 c. maple syrup
2 lb. canned (2 #2 cans) or cooked sweet potatoes or yams, cut in about 2" pieces, drained

Use a pretty large, about 10", skillet with a lid. Melt margarine & stir in sugar till dissolved. Raise heat to High & drizzle in syrup. When caramel is bubbly, add potatoes & cut heat back to Medium. Cover & cook, turning once or twice with a big spoon so potatoes don't get mashed, till caramel begins to look clear & clings to the potatoes. Serves 6-8. *Healthier made with butter but I don't know if that caramels as well. Can be doubled or tripled in a 12" skillet. This one would probably win if we had a contest!


Linda Steel's Make Ahead Candied Sweet Potatoes Recipe

2 lb. sweet potatoes, peeled & cut up (or 2 lb. canned, well-drained)
1 c. brown sugar
1/2 c. butter
1 T. water

Cook potatoes in salted water till a fork pierces them easily. Drain & put in a 1 1/2 qt. casserole; set

aside. Boil rest of ingredients together till thick, stirring often; pour over potatoes. Cover & chill till needed, then bake about 1 hour in a 350º oven, starting in a cold oven or bringing close to room temperature if bringing directly from refrigerator. Lin said to make this a day in advance, even better tasting & helpful for a holiday dinner. I never tried them made ahead myself.
Thanks to a friend I'll love & miss forever.
Serves 6-8.


Sweet Potatoes with Apples, Molasses, and Pecans Recipe

1 to 2 lb. canned or cooked sweet potatoes, well-drained & sliced into chunks
1 large or 2 medium apples, unpeeled but cored & cut into thick slices
Dash salt
1 T. lemon juice
3 T. butter
1/4 c. molasses
1/4 c. packed brown sugar
1/4 c. chopped pecans

Put potatoes in a casserole, 1 1/2 qt. to 2 qt. Sprinkle apples with salt & juice. Bring butter to a bubble in a small pan, add apples, saute' 3-4 minutes then spoon in with potatoes, leaving a little butter in the pan. Add molasses to that butter, bring to a boil, then pour over potato mixture. Sprinkle sugar, then pecans, over the top. Bake at 325º for 25 to 30 minutes, till the top looks bubbly.
Serves 4 to 8.


Sweet Potatoes & Pineapple Recipe

1 # 2 can crushed pineapple
2 # 2 cans sweet potatoes, drained
1/4 c. flour
3 T. brown sugar
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
3 T. butter
1/2 c. marshmallow crème
Nuts, (opt., see NOTE)

Drain pineapple very well, saving 1/4 c. of the juice. Line a 2 qt. casserole with pineapple, patting it up higher at the sides. Put potatoes in the center & pour reserved juice over them. Mix flour, sugar, & cinnamon, & cut in butter to make crumbs. Sprinkle this over the potatoes.

NOTE: if you want to add pecans, cashews, or walnuts, sprinkle them on now. Bake at 350º for 25 minutes. Dot with marshmallow creme, switch oven to Broil, and broil till crème is just slightly browned. Serves 6 - 8. Popular doubled in a flat pan at winter holiday potlucks.


Mother's Mashed Sweets with Marshmallows Recipe

3 lb. sweet potatoes, peeled & cooked in salted water
1/2 c. milk
2 T. butter
18 large marshmallows or more, divided
More butter if desired

Heat the 2 T. butter in milk; mash cooked potatoes using a little milk at a time, till fluffy. Butter a 2 qt. casserole dish; put in 1/3 of potatoes, dot with 1/3 of the 'mallows, plus a few dots more butter if desired. Repeat twice more, ending with marshmallows. Bake at 350º till top marshmallows are melted & golden brown. Serves 4 - 8. Mother always said she didn't like sweets, but every time she made this, we doubted her....she liked to have this with ham & buttered green beans. More work because potatoes are mashed, but it is old fashioned good if you don’t get too involved with those marshmallows.
Marilyn in FL.

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