Sweet Potato Surprise Recipe

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Lori Dunn
It will come as no surprise when family members request Sweet Potato Surprise.

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 What’s not to like about a sweet potato? While its origins lie in Peru, the sweet potato was brought to the Western World by Columbus. This delicately flavored tuber is so versatile – from simply baked to garnished with exotic flavors and ingredients. Sweet potatoes are often called yams, but this is incorrect. The two vegetables are not even from the same family! Try this Sweet Potato Surprise recipe this year instead of the more mundane mixture of sweet potatoes, marshmallows and brown sugar. 

Sweet Potato Surprise 

10 medium sweet potatoes
3/4 cup + 2 tablespoons butter, divided
1/3 cup bourbon, or substitute 1/3 cup apple juice + 1 teaspoon bourbon flavoring
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup walnuts or pecans, coarsely chopped, reserving 2 tablespoons for garnish 

Heat oven to 400°F.  

Wash sweet potatoes and rub with vegetable oil. Place on baking sheet and bake for 1 hour, or until tender. 

Allow potatoes to cool; remove pulp (discard skins). 

Reduce oven temperature to 350° and lightly grease 112-quart casserole. 

Combine potato pulp, 34 cup butter, bourbon and salt. Beat with electric mixer until light and fluffy. 

Stir in all but 2 tablespoons nuts, then spoon mixture into prepared dish. Dot with remaining butter and sprinkle remaining nuts over top. Bake for 20 minutes. Yields 8 servings. 

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