Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Thanksgiving Dinner: The Fabulous Sweet Potatoes

Andrew’s family has a long-held tradition of making sweet potatoes following his grandmother’s recipe. The recipe itself is delicious and decadent, and they have a fun tradition of selecting a meaningful letter from the family to put on top with marshmallows.

An L in 2005 for the new dog girl in the family.

You can imagine how excited I was in 2006 when Andrew’s mom and her sisters used an M for Meghan.

In 2007, it was an R for Rosie who was visiting us.
looking cute

In 2008, Andrew and I did an O for Obama and our engagement (an O for the ring) – a double whammy. I sent the Obamas a copy of this picture with their invitation to the wedding.
before baking

We spent Thanksgiving with friends and family in 2009 and 2010, and I know we definitely made sweet potatoes, but I don't have any photos. I guess those letters are lost to the ages.

Thanksgiving Sweet Potatoes

8 sweet potatoes (we use half yellow and half red; select potatoes that are roughly the same size)
Vegetable oil
2 sticks butter
½ cup bourbon
Nutmeg
Cinnamon
Brown sugar
Salt and pepper
Tin foil
Toothpicks
Large marshmallows
Whole pecans

The night before Thanksgiving:
Heat oven to 450 degrees. Clean sweet potatoes well, prick them all over with a fork and rub with vegetable oil. Place sweet potatoes on a baking sheet and bake for about an hour until they soften. The skin will begin to brown and when you pierce them with a fork, they will be soft inside. Remove from oven and let cool until you can comfortably touch them. Remove skins by hand and place the insides in a large bowl. Mash with a potato masher or use a hand held electric mixture to create a puree. Mix in the butter, bourbon and spices and brown sugar to taste. Spread sweet potatoes into a 9x13 pan. Use the large marshmallows to make your chosen letter. Press the whole pecans into the top of the sweet potatoes around the marshmallows. Place toothpicks in the pan and cover with tin foil. Refrigerate overnight.

Thanksgiving Day:
Remove the pan from the fridge and let sit to warm up to room temp. Bake, covered, at 350 degrees for a half hour until the marshmallows start to melt.

1 comment:

  1. Marshmallow letters, too cute! Love that you were welcomed with an M and the O for Obama is awesome.

    ReplyDelete

Hey, thank you!

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