Sweet potatoes! Help me fulfill my dad's Thanksgiving request!
My dad has requested that I make a good, southern sweet potato casserole with pecans AND marshmallows as part of this year's Thanksgiving feast. There's a slight problem, though. He wants the potatoes chunky, NOT mashed. Does anyone here have a tried and true recipe up their sleeve that I can make?
My candied yam version isn't too far from the Epicurious one, but anyhoo...
4-4 1/2 lb yams (sometimes I do five...), peeled, sliced and steamed (i nuke em)
6 tbsp butter, browned
1/2 c dark brown sugar
1/8 c white sugar
1/4 c water
1 - 1 1/2 tsp vanilla
3/4 tsp salt
1 - 1 /2 tsp cinnamon
pinch of nutmeg and cloves
1. brown the butter.
2. put the sugars and water in a saucepan over medium heat, stirring to dissolve the sugars. then bring up almost to a boil. remove from heat, add butter, and rest of ingredients save the yams and marshmallows.
3. toss potatoes with syrupy mixture, and turn into a pan. people say cover it; i don't always... bake at 350 for 35-45 minutes, basting if you like.
4. add mini marshmallows and broil til golden.
I haven't made this, but if I were presented with these requirements I would make something along these lines:
I'd do chunks instead of slices, though, and I'd probably add some chopped pecans about halfway through cooking. If you do them in a baking dish where they fit fairly snugly, they'll probably form a kind of mass anyway, and then you can just top everything with marshmallows and run it under the broiler right at the end.
ETA: Here's a recipe that already includes the marshmallows! http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/foo...
I can testify for the second recipe (epicurious) that biondanonima posted. I made it this weekend and it was delicious! I actually ended up pureeing the sweet potatoes because our family likes them mashed, not chunky, but I tried them before I pureed them and I liked them better chunky myself. I tend to prefer sweet potatoes in savory dishes, but I loved this recipe - the brown sugar glaze was delicious.