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Butter-Pecan Sweet Potatoes

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This sweet and spicy side dish is sure to be a crowd-pleaser on Thanksgiving.

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  • Servings: 8

Source: Everyday Food, November 2004

Ingredients

  • 8 medium sweet potatoes (5 pounds)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • Coarse salt
  • 2 tablespoons butter, cut into small pieces
  • 2 tablespoons light-brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup pecan pieces
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Peel potatoes and halve lengthwise; slice crosswise 1/2 inch thick. On a baking sheet, toss potatoes with olive oil; season with coarse salt.

  2. Transfer half the potatoes to a second baking sheet; cook both sheets until potatoes are tender, tossing occasionally, 25 to 30 minutes.

  3. Sprinkle with butter, brown sugar, pecan pieces, and cayenne pepper, dividing evenly. Bake until sugar is caramelized and hard, about 10 minutes. Gently toss; serve immediately.

Cook's Notes

To make ahead (up to five hours) prepare recipe through step 2. Cool; cover and refrigerate. About 15 minutes before ready to serve, proceed with recipe.

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  • pomdecouer
    24 NOV, 2012
    So great! Perfect amount of spicy and sweet.
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  • raquelmarie
    23 NOV, 2011
    The recipe can be made through step 2 up to 5 hours ahead. Is there a reason it cannot be made the day before through step 2?
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  • momfields
    18 NOV, 2010
    Has anyone tried this with Splenda brown sugar? I agree with earlier comment that nutritional information with all of the recipes would be so helpful.
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  • cccw
    14 NOV, 2010
    They were dee-licious!
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  • esmcpherson
    27 NOV, 2008
    These were a delicious addition to Thanksgiving dinner. So good and so easy. I will definitely make these throughout the year!
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  • 4AkinsKids
    6 DEC, 2007
    The cayenne is a nice surprise, but be sure to spread it out very thinly so there is not too much on one bite.
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  • friendchi
    16 NOV, 2007
    being from France I never had anything with marshmallow so for me it doesn't sound very good, although with pecan that sounds really good this is going to be my first time to a Thanks giving dinner and this is going to be my contribution to a side dish
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  • friendchi
    16 NOV, 2007
    being from France I never had anything with marshmallow so for me it doesn't sound very good, although with pecan that sounds really good this is going to be my first time to a Thanks giving dinner and this is going to be my contribution to a side dish
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  • babsyk
    14 NOV, 2007
    The added sugar gives the sweet potatoes a candied affect and glaze--it's Thanksgiving--time for a bit of overindulgence!
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  • joe2el
    14 NOV, 2007
    It sounds great. I like it with marshmellows but will try this one with the pecans instead. Will also try it without the addde sugar. I don't need it.
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