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Thursday, November 24, 2011

Bourbon Praline Sweet Potatoes

By Kerrie

I make this dish with Garnet Yams, which are actually sweet potatoes.   The garnet yam, named for its dark reddish-brown skin, is the variety you're most likely to find in the produce section of the supermarket.  It's so flavorful that it’s my choice for sweet potato pie as well as the recipe I will share with you today for the best Thanksgiving Sweet Potato dish you will ever try.   Give it a try and share your thoughts….

Note:   Do use bourbon rather than whiskey.  As bourbon is actually a type of whiskey, it is distilled with at least 70% corn mash and is placed in charred oak barrels for aging, .   This makes a difference.   If you are concerned about offering a dish associated with alcohol,  I don’t think you need to worry about this one.   First, only a small amount of bourbon is added and it is not only cooked in the sauce, but then bakes for 30 minutes.   The alcohol will cook off – just leaving a pleasant mellow essence.


6 large garnet yams - peeled and sliced 1 inch thick
1 cup packed brown sugar
1 stick (1/2 cup) butter
1/4 cup bourbon
1/2  teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup pecans


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F    

Arrange sweet potatoes in a 9x13 inch baking dish.

Combine sugar, butter, bourbon and vanilla extract in a medium saucepan and heat to a boil.  As soon as the sauce comes to a boil add the pecans and remove pan from the heat.  Let the pecans rest in the hot butter/sugar mixture for about 3 minutes.

Then arrange the pecans over the sweet potatoes and pour the rest of the mixture over them.  

Bake 30 to 40 minutes or until the sweet potatoes are fork tender.   About 20 minutes into the baking process, spoon some of the sauce in the bottom of the pan over the sweet potato slices.  Baste again in about 10 minutes or so.   If the pecan pieces are getting too brown, cover lightly with foil so they do not burn.  

Enjoy !!!

Look for a future recipe for Sweet Potato Muffins if we have any leftovers…..

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