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aunt dianna's bourbon sweet potatoes

(4 ratings)
Blue Ribbon Recipe by
Joanna Petrasko
Gaithersburg, MD

Was served sweet potatoes during my first Thanksgiving with my lovely boyfriend Matt's family, I took my requisite "no thank you" portion. Little did I know I'd be polishing off the bowl towards the end of the evening. They taste like pumpkin pie! This may be made ahead, refrigerated, and baked later. If doing so, don't add the pecans until ready to bake to avoid sogginess.

Blue Ribbon Recipe

If you don't like your sweet potatoes tasting like a dessert, this side dish recipe is for you. No marshmallows here so they are not overly sweet. Orange juice enhances the natural flavor of the potatoes. The bourbon flavor is very subtle and lingers on the taste buds just a bit. Pecan halves are a nice topping and pair well with all the flavors in this sweet potato casserole.

— The Test Kitchen @kitchencrew
(4 ratings)
yield 10 -12
cook time 45 Min
method Bake

Ingredients For aunt dianna's bourbon sweet potatoes

  • 4 lb
    sweet potatoes
  • 1/2 c
    butter, softened
  • 1/3 c
  • 1/3 c
    orange juice, fresh
  • 1/4 c
    brown sugar, firmly packed
  • 1 tsp
  • 1/2 tsp
    apple pie spice (cinnamon, allspice, etc)
  • 1/3 c
    pecans, halved

How To Make aunt dianna's bourbon sweet potatoes

  • Cooking sweet potatoes in a pot.
    Scrub potatoes. Cook, covered, in boiling salted water to cover in a large pan, about 35 minutes, or until just tender to fork prick.
  • Peeling cooked sweet potatoes.
    Drain; cool slightly, peel.
  • Mashing the cooked sweet potatoes.
    Place peeled potatoes in a large bowl and mash.
  • Butter, bourbon, orange juice, brown sugar, and spices added to sweet potatoes.
    Add the butter, bourbon, orange juice, brown sugar, salt, and apple pie spice. Beat until smooth with a potato masher.
  • Sweet potatoes poured into a casserole dish with pecans on top.
    Spoon into a buttered 6-cup baking dish. Sprinkle pecans around edge and top.
  • Sweet potato casserole baking in the oven.
    Bake in 350 degree oven for 45 minutes or until lightly browned.