Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Joey's Candied Sweet Potatoes



This is another one of those dishes where I never really use a recipe. I always just sort of throw it together and bake it. But since I've received a few requests asking "how do you make yours?", I figured I'd write it down. I usually don't even measure anything, so I'm just guessing the amounts. Like I said, it's not really a "recipe", but this is how I do it.
Hope you like it!

4-6 sweet potatoes (or enough to fill the casserole dish)
1/2 c brown sugar
1/2 c butter, melted
1 heaping tbs orange marmalade
big pinch kosher salt

Preheat oven to 350F.
Boil whole sweet potatoes until almost tender (30 minutes). Place them on a tray or shallow plate and allow to cool until you can handle them. Peel potatoes and cut into 1/2″ slices. In a large bowl, stir together remaining ingredients. Place potatoes in casserole dish. Pour sugar mixture over all. Bake uncovered for 30-40 minutes. When you take them out of the oven, be careful because the casserole pan will be screaming hot! Carefully spoon some of the glaze from the bottom of the pan over the potatoes.

Lots of Tips:
The orange is very understated and just perks up the overall flavor of the glaze. It's not a strong orange taste. If, however, you'd like a more distinctly orange flavor, by all means add as much marmalade as you'd like! You could even substitute a splash of orange juice instead of the marmalade, if that's what you have on hand, but I must say, I do like the marmalade better. I'm just sayin'!

For a slight variation, instead of using 1/2 cup brown sugar, use 1/4 cup brown sugar and 1/4 cup maple syrup. You can also add a few drops of vanilla extract if you like, and whatever spices suit your fancy. (nutmeg, cinnamon, ginger)

To save time, you can use canned sweet potatoes. Just be gentle with them so they don't get all mashed up.

Do you like marshmallows? After the potatoes are finished baking, just sprinkle 3/4 cup miniature marshmallows on top, and then bake for 5 minutes longer, or until slightly brown on top.

My brother, Chris, makes his sweet potatoes pretty much the same way I do, but instead of the orange marmalade, he adds a few glugs of Bourbon. He says the alcohol cooks out of it and it "caramelizes into syrupy deliciosity". Well, I guess I can't argue with that! Thanx, Chris!

1 comment:

Dan Nowakowski said...

I have to admit that I am someone who never really liked candied sweet potatoes. Then Chris made the variation with the glugs of bourbon deliciousity on top...THEY WERE AWESOME. If you've never made them that way, I HIGHLY RECOMMEND you try it! They made a sweet potato lover out of me.