Sweet Potatoes for a Crowd

Thanksgiving dinner at mom’s today – my dishes are the Cranberry- Ginger Chutney from yesterday’s post, green beans cooked with country ham, and sweet potatoes.

My sweet potatoes would be in the tradition of my grandmother, but dressed up just a bit since it was a special occasion!  When Grandmother Carrico made sweet potatoes she cut them in half, melted butter in her dish, placed the sweet potatoes cut side down in the melted butter and baked them until they were soft and tender.

I did primarily the same thing except these sweet potatoes were rather large so I quartered them.

And in addition to the melted butter I sprinkled a good amount of dark brown sugar into the pan.  Next, cinnamon and nutmeg.  A drizzle of honey – a serving spoonful for each pan.  I added my sweet potatoes next – cut side down.  And over everything some orange juice.

The dishes were covered with foil and placed in a 425 degree oven for 45 minutes.  I removed the foil and cooked the potatoes for an addition 15 minutes – or until tender.  Serve cut side up with all the delicious toppings presented in all their glory.  Wow!  They turned out beautifully!  Now just getting the hot pans into the car!  Enjoy!

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14 responses to “Sweet Potatoes for a Crowd

  1. Oh cool, I haven’t seen them done that way!

  2. wow…how can you go wrong with all that butter! I also have never seen them baked this way, sounds so delicious and yummy sweet!

  3. Simple and sweet – sounds great.
    Hope your day with the Folks is great!

  4. I’m with Greg…and have never seem them done way. Hope you have a great Turkey Day!

    • There were two reasons for making them in this way – I didn’t have time to peel that many sweet potatoes after getting home late from church! Plus, I wanted the potato itself to be very soft and tender – leaving the skin on helps keep it just that way!

  5. What what delicious look dishes you made for Thanksgiving. I would have loved to have been at that table. :)

  6. Like the others, I’ve never seen them prepared this way but, like you say, this would be a time saver and the skins would keep the potatoes from crumbling. So, why not? These are definitely worth trying.

  7. What a great recipe, Phyllis!
    They look soooo good ;)

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