Elizabeth sometimes uses a zester or channel knife to make designs on the outsides of oranges. Save the orange pulp to make delicious Grand Mimosas to enjoy while you are preparing this special dish.
6 small sweet potatoes (about 2 3/4 lb.)
4 large navel oranges
1 (14-oz.) can sweetened condensed milk
3 tablespoons melted butter
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 teaspoons orange zest
3/4 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/8 teaspoon ground allspice
1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 cup chopped pecans
1 cup miniature marshmallows
How to Make It
Preheat oven to 425º. Place sweet potatoes on an aluminum foil-lined baking sheet. Bake at 425° for 45 minutes or until tender. Let stand 20 minutes. Reduce oven temperature to 350º.
Meanwhile, cut oranges in half crosswise. Scoop out pulp using a spoon, leaving peel intact. Reserve orange pulp for another use.
Peel sweet potatoes, and place potato pulp in a large bowl. Add sweetened condensed milk and next 8 ingredients. Beat at medium speed with an electric mixer until smooth, stopping occasionally to remove any tough fibers, if necessary. Spoon about 1/2 cup mixture into each orange cup. Place orange cups in a 13- x 9-inch baking dish.
Bake at 350° for 20 minutes. Remove from oven, and top with pecans and then with marshmallows, pressing lightly to adhere. Bake 15 to 20 minutes or until marshmallows are melted and golden brown.
Note: Orange cups and sweet potatoes can be made 1 day ahead. Chill scooped orange cups and baked sweet potatoes in separate zip-top plastic bags until ready to assemble.
Ditto to everything karonkw said about this recipe. Beautiful dish, wonderful taste, the orange cups bring out all the other flavors! Now a classic at our house for the holidays. I prepared the orange cups a day or so before which helps with prep time at Thanksgiving.
My family went absolutely nuts for this dish. It's the one thing they ask for each and every Thanksgiving. The presentation is awesome....everyone oohs and ahhs when they see these beautiful cups of sweet potatoes decorating the Thanksgiving table top. Tthey taste so good! The orange makes the sweet potatoes a little lighter and not heavy as some recipes when too much sweetner is used. The recipe is exceptionally easy...just a long prep time to get the oranges prepared but this can be done days in advance.
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