Stovetop Sweet Potatoes with Maple and Crème Fraîche
These sweet potatoes are beaten with a mixer and heated on the stove, keeping your oven free for other holiday baking. Crème fraîche is a surprise ingredient blended in along with maple syrup for an indulgent twist to traditional sweet potato casserole. And instead of marshmallow topping, try these cinnamon-glazed pecans. You won't be able to stop nibbling on them.
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- 2 cinnamon sticks, broken
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 3 tablespoons butter
- 1 cup pecan halves
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 3 (15-oz.) cans candied yams or sweet potatoes in syrup, drained
- 1/4 cup butter, softened
- 2 tablespoons finely chopped crystallized ginger
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
- 1 cup crème fraîche*
- 1/4 cup pure maple syrup
- 1 teaspoon maple extract or vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar
- Grind cinnamon sticks to a fine powder in a coffee grinder; set aside.
- Cook sugar and 3 tablespoon butter in a small saucepan over medium-high heat 3 minutes or until melted and golden. Add pecans, and cook 2 minutes until pecans are toasted and glazed, stirring frequently.
- Stir in cinnamon and 1/4 teaspoon salt. Spread pecans on wax paper, and set aside to cool.
- Combine sweet potatoes, 1/4 cup butter, ginger, 1 teaspoon salt, and nutmeg in a large bowl. Beat at low speed with a hand mixer 1 minute; beat at high speed 2 minutes.
- Gently fold crème fraîche, maple syrup, extract, and balsamic vinegar into sweet potatoes. Transfer to a saucepan. Bring to a simmer over medium-low heat. Simmer, covered, 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Spoon potatoes into a serving dish, and sprinkle with glazed pecans.
- *Find crème fraîche with other specialty cheeses in the deli section of many upscale markets.
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