Prep: 5 minutes; Cook: 15 minutes. This is a fantastic way to use leftover sweet potatoes. Don't have any extras? Bake some sweet potatoes in a 450° oven for 30-35 minutes, until fork tender.

Monica Bhide
Recipe by Health November 2006

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Credit: Quentin Bacon

Recipe Summary

Yield:
Makes 4 servings (serving size: 1/2 cup)
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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 300°.

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  • Place the pecans in a single layer on a baking sheet. Bake about 10 minutes or until pecans are fragrant and begin to darken. Remove from oven, and set aside.

  • In a small saucepan, combine maple syrup, orange zest, cinnamon stick, and ground cloves. Bring to a gentle simmer. Remove from heat, and let stand about 5 minutes.

  • Gently scoop out insides of the baked sweet potatoes, and place in a heatproof bowl. Using a potato masher or large fork, mash until there are no lumps left. Heat in microwave on HIGH for 3 minutes.

  • Remove the cinnamon stick from the warmed syrup, and discard. Pour the syrup over the mashed sweet potatoes, and top with the toasted pecans. Serve immediately.

Chef's Notes

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Nutrition Facts

211 calories; fat 6g; saturated fat 1g; mono fat 3g; poly fat 2g; protein 3g; carbohydrates 40g; fiber 4g; cholesterol 0mg; iron 1mg; sodium 35mg; calcium 61mg.
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