|Sweet Potatoes & Marshmallows, circa 2011|
I discovered this recipe on Epicurious and have made it two years running. Such a keeper! I get massive compliments on it and it’s quickly become a stable. Brown sugar and spice-braised sweet potatoes are one aspect; gone are the overly-sweet (yet still delicious) canned pineapple version. But my true trick is to turn this recipe once cooked into two 9 inch round pans and to create a 1 or 1 ½ inch layer of potato mash. I top each pan with large fluffy marshmallows which creates the perfect ratio of marshmallow to sweet potato. Every spoonful (and you only need about two) is the perfect bite. Above is the shot of last year’s dish. We gobbled it up so quickly this year I didn’t get a chance to shoot it.
Recipe adapted from Epicurious via Bon Appetite 1994.
• 4 pounds red-skinned sweet potatoes (yams), peeled, cut into 1-inch pieces
• 2/3 cup packed golden brown sugar
• 5 tablespoons butter (you can substitute dairy-free spread)
• 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
• 1/2 teaspoon salt
• 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
• Pinch of ground ginger
• 2 cups miniature marshmallows (I used the big ones as they also serve as serving portion indicators. You could probably use vegan ricemallow fluff, too.)
Preheat oven to 375°F. Arrange potatoes in 13 x 9 x 2-inch glass baking dish (I use a metal pan). Combine sugar, butter, cinnamon, salt, nutmeg and ginger in heavy small saucepan over medium heat. Bring to boil, stirring until sugar dissolves. Pour over potatoes; toss to coat. Cover dish tightly with foil.
Bake potatoes 50 minutes. Uncover; bake until potatoes are tender and syrup thickens slightly, basting occasionally, about 20 minutes. You can make to this point ahead of time. I mash the potatoes with a fork to make them more uniformly mashed. And I transfer to two smaller pans.
When ready to serve, increase oven temperature to 500°F. Top potatoes with marshmallows Return to oven; bake until marshmallows begin to melt about 3 minutes.
Be warned these sweet potatoes with marshmallows will quickly become a family favorite – but there’s enough to go around!