Mashed Sweet Potatoes with Pecan Topping
- 1 cup dark brown sugar
- 1/2 cup chopped pecans, I use the Pecan Pie glazed Pecans by Emerald Nuts
- 1/4 cup (1/2 stick) chilled butter, cut into 1/4-inch pieces
- 6 prewrapped microwavable sweet potatoes
- 3 large eggs
- 3 tablespoons pure maple syrup
- 2 tablespoons vanilla extract
- 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
- 2 teaspoons salt
Preheat oven to 350°F.
1.) Mix the brown sugar, pecans and butter in small bowl. Set aside – preferably in the fridge to chill.
2.) Prepare a glass baking dish with butter. I simply put a bit of butter on a paper towel and wipe. You could even substitute canola oil as well.
3.) Cook your sweet potatoes in the microwave. Remember, you have to pierce sweet potatoes before putting them in the microwave unless you buy the pre-wrapped microwaveable sweet potatoes. Cook on high for about 8-10 minutes until tender to the touch. Let cool.
4.) Once your sweet potatoes are cool, place them in a dish and mash with a potato masher.
5.) Beat eggs, maple syrup, vanilla, lemon juice and salt in large bowl. Mix in the mashed sweet potatoes.
6.) Transfer sweet potato mixture to prepared dish. Sprinkle pecan topping evenly over mixture.
7.) Bake until sweet potato mixture is set and the pecan topping bubbles, about 1 hour. Let stand 15 minutes and serve.
If you are making this recipe for someone with a special diet don’t fret, you can easily modify the recipe to suit most diets. We made a low sugar version of Mashed Sweet Potatoes that was just delicious.