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Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Stuffed Yams

Who says you have to wait for Thanksgiving to have yummy sweet yams with marshmallows? My hubby and I like these year round. When I saw the idea on Pinterest of stuffing them, that sounded pretty easy. I mean come on...who doesn't like to add brown sugar, butter and marshmallows to anything to make it taste better? Being that I am eating healthier, I am proud of myself for only taking 2 bites. The hubby enjoyed the rest of mine and I'm sure he will also enjoy taking the other one to work tomorrow in his lunch.
*Recipe from:
 ** I did not make this using pecans. I don't like to add nuts to my foods...but I'm sure it would taste good if you do!

  • 6 large sweet potatoes
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature, divided
  • 6 tablespoons light brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup toasted pecan pieces, divided
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup miniature marshmallows
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Spread the pecans onto a baking sheet and place in preheated oven 5-7 minutes until fragrant. Shake the baking sheet halfway through baking so the nuts will toast evenly. Remove nuts from oven and set aside to cool completely. Turn the oven up to 400 degrees F.
  2. Wash the sweet potatoes, scrubbing them well to remove any dirt. With a fork, prick the sweet potatoes in a couple of spots and place them on a sheet pan. Bake for about 45 minutes, or until a knife inserted in the center goes in easily. Remove from oven and let stand until cool enough to handle but still very warm.
  3. Cut potatoes in half lengthwise and push the ends towards the middle so it opens up. Scoop out flesh and place in medium bowl, being careful not to tear skin. Reserve skins.
  4. In a large bowl, mix 3tablespoons butter and brown sugar together until it’s crumbly-looking. Add the cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, salt, and half of the pecans. Divide mixture in half. Add half of the mixture to the sweet potato flesh and fold in completely. Add the filling back to the potato skins and place on baking sheet.
  5. To the remaining brown sugar mixture, add 3 tablespoons butter and flour. Mix until crumbly looking. Top sweet potatoes generously with the brown sugar mixture and marshmallows and return to the oven. Bake for another 5-10 minutes, or until the marshmallow topping is golden brown.

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