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Sweet Potatoes Laced with Grand Marnier

Yield 8 servings
Orange liqueur, nutmeg, and pecans naturally dress up sweet potatoes.

Ingredients

  • 6 medium-size sweet potatoes (3 pounds)
  • 3 tablespoons butter or margarine, melted
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 3 tablespoons Grand Marnier (orange liqueur) or orange juice
  • 1 teaspoon grated orange rind
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 1/2 (14-ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup butter or margarine, melted
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg

How to Make It

  1. Cook potatoes in boiling water to cover in a Dutch oven 30 to 40 minutes or until tender; drain. Let cool slightly. Peel potatoes, and place in a large bowl. Add 3 tablespoons butter, and mash. Add 3/4 cup sugar and next 6 ingredients; mash again, or beat at medium speed of an electric mixer until smooth. Spoon mixture into a lightly greased 2-quart casserole.

  2. Combine brown sugar and remaining 4 ingredients; sprinkle over sweet potato mixture. Bake, uncovered, at 425° for 30 minutes or until thoroughly heated, shielding with aluminum foil after 20 minutes to prevent excessive browning.

  3. Make-Ahead Directions: Prepare sweet potato mixture and spoon into greased casserole. Cover and chill overnight. Remove from refrigerator 30 minutes before baking; add brown sugar topping. Bake casserole as directed above.

Christmas with Southern Living 1997