Gardening is something you learn by doing---and by making mistakes....
Like Cooking, Gardening is a constant process of experimentation, repeating the successes and throwing out the failures.
Carol Stocker

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Cranberry Sweet Potatoes

There is something about sweet potatoes....I've loved them since I was little, I think it was the fact that they are more like a dessert than a veggie...what kid wouldn't love to have brown sugar in their veggies?  This is my favorite Thanksgiving and Christmas food....well, it rates right up there with the stuffing!

Cranberry Sweet Potatoes

3 lbs Sweet potatoes, peeled and cut in 2" pieces
1/3 Cup packed Brown Sugar
2 T Orange Juice
2 Tsp Vanilla
1 Tsp Pumpkin Spice
3 Tbs Butter
1 Cup Fresh Cranberries

Pecan Topping
1/4 Cup Flour
1/3 Cup Brown Sugar
3 Tbs Butter
1/2 Cup Pecans

preheat oven to 400F

In a large bowl combine brown sugar, pumpkin spice, orange juice and vanilla.  Add sweet potatoes and toss until all potatoes are coated.  Place in 9x9 (9x13 would work too) baking dish, sprinkle cranberries on top, dot with cold butter.  Cover with tinfoil and bake at 400F for  30mn.

Meanwhile make the topping: In a bowl combine flour,  Brown Sugar and cut in  butter until mixture is crumbly, add pecans and toss
Remove sweet potatoes from oven, stir to coat in their syrup.  Sprinkle pecan mixture evenly on top of sweet potatoes.  Return to oven, bake uncovered for 25-30 mn, until potatoes are tender and topping is browned.

Peel the sweet spuds

Cut into 1 inch chunks

Toss with brown sugar, spices and OJ

Place in dish and sprinkle cranberries on top, cover with tinfoil and bake

Pecan Topping

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