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Nov 13, 2011 04:16 PM

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?

Please help!

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  1. 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!

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    1. re: biondanonima

      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.

    2. 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
      mini mallows

      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.


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      1. re: Emme

        I know this is an old post, but I just made it, and WOW! The real potatoes in chunks (vs. canned and mashed) made all the difference. I added roasted pecans in a layer under the marshmallows, and did a trial run tonight. That may be the most delicious dish that has touched my taste buds! I'm definitely making it for the in-laws at Christmas. I'm glad I made a big enough batch for tomorrow's dinner. I doubt there will be any leftovers. YUMM-MMY! Thanks, for the recipe!!

      2. Thank ya'll! These are perfect!