I love sweet potatoes. Love, love, love them. And it's a huge bonus that they are one of the most nutritious vegetables you can put in your body. (Okay, technically, they're a tuber, and I don't know if those qualify as a vegetable because I'm not an expert in the classifications of agriculture. But if you really care that much about it, feel free to research. And then, maybe get a hobby. Because seriously? ) I am not, however, a fan of the candied sweet potatoes found on so many Thanksgiving tables. Why ruin a lovely sweet potato with all that excess?? What did it ever do to you?
My hubs, on the other hand, adores candied sweet potatoes (and pretty much any other food drowning in sugar and butter), and so, I agreed to make them for him at Thanksgiving. Of course, I was going to drastically reduce the butter and sugar in the recipes and try to save the integrity and flavor and natural awesomeness of the little lovelies, but he didn't need to know that. And then, tragically, I was not able to make them for the big day. I bet you can imagine how sad I was. There were buckets of tears... or maybe not. At least not on my end. He was pretty disappointed.
After a while, I started to feel bad about the fact that he missed his favorite part of Thanksgiving (other than the turkey and cranberry sauce and my mom's rolls and the stuffing and the pie), but I was no longer interested in revisiting and modifying the recipes I'd found for candied sweet potatoes. So I made these:
Baked sweet potatoes with marshmallows! I was able to forgo the criminal amounts of sugar and butter (and keep the skins!), but he still got the sweetness and beloved marshmallows. Our toddler couldn't believe we were having marshmallows for dinner. She was BEYOND excited. This was a hit all around.
If you want to make your own, it's really easy. Here's what you do:
You'll need one sweet potato for each person. Scrub them well, and then pierce in a few places with a fork.
Preheat the oven to 375 F. Place your sweet potatoes in a nonstick cake pan or something like it because after a while, the insides start to bubble out and it will make a mess in your oven if you don't use a pan. You can forgo the pan if cleaning your oven is your idea of a good time, but if it is? You need more than a hobby. But I digress.
Bake the potatoes for about an hour or until cooked through and soft.
Remove from the oven. Cut open lengthwise, but not all the way through. Add a small pat of butter, a sprinkle of salt and a TINY BIT of sugar and mash the flesh of the potatoes well. I am not kidding about the SMALL pat of butter and the TINY bit of sugar. DO NOT make me come over there.
Switch the oven to broil.
Top the potatoes with a small handful of mini marshmallows, and return the pans to the oven for 2-3 minutes, until the marshmallows are golden on top. You'll want to stick around and keep an eye on them so they don't burn. Once they're ready, remove from the oven and let cool a few minutes before serving.