David Prince
MAKES: About 10 servings

Apricots and a few shots of bourbon add complex flavor to this simple baked sweet potato dish. Ten servings make this dish a great choice for a crowd, and you can do a lot of the preparation up to 2 days ahead of time.

How to Make It

Step 1

In a small bowl, pour bourbon over dried apricots.

Step 2

Scrub sweet potatoes and pierce each in several places with a fork. Place potatoes on oven rack or in a single layer on a baking sheet. Bake in a 350° oven until potatoes are soft when pierced, about 1 1/2 hours. Let stand until cool enough to handle, about 20 minutes.

Step 3

Peel the sweet potatoes and place in a large bowl. Add brown sugar, butter, and vanilla to the bowl and mash with a potato masher or a fork until mixture is only slightly chunky. Stir in apricots and bourbon. Spoon into a shallow 2 1/2-quart baking dish and spread level.

Step 4

Bake, uncovered, until hot in the center, about 30 minutes. Serve warm.

Chef's Notes

If you like, you can prepare the dish through step 3 up to 2 days ahead; cover airtight and chill. Unwrap and bake as directed in step 4.

Ratings & Reviews

sajkbailey's Review

November 26, 2014

Mstese72's Review

December 24, 2013

FriendlyFoodie's Review

November 10, 2011
I've been makign this since it first appeared in the magazine. Flavors are reminiscent of the traditional dish with marshmallows on top, but it's not sickeningly sweet and is much more sophisticated. Everyone always loves this dish.

tarahbull's Review

December 23, 2008
I made this for Thanksgiving this year and it was such a hit. It is definitely a keeper! I loved how easy it was to prepare. I baked the potatoes and combined everything the day before and baked the day of. This Christmas I'm serving this with a pork loin and bourbon reduction sauce from this website!

jscosand's Review

December 16, 2008
I love sweet potatoes but not all the stuff usually added to them. My family, however, likes the super sweet versions. This satisfied everyone!