Friday, November 28, 2008

Sweet Potatoes with Brown Sugar Sauce

Here's the recipe for sweet potatoes that I think is essentially how I remember them from all of my childhood Thanksgivings. And I should know, since I ate the vast majority of them...

Sweet Potatoes
I can't tell you exactly how many to get - I had around 5 pounds (the store was having a 5#/$1 special on sweet potatoes, which was great.), but I increased the amount of sugar sauce later on.

Chop the potatoes into 1-2 inch chunks - you want them to be big enough that it's not too time consuming to skin them later, but at the same time they need to cook pretty quickly. Put them in a big pot, cover with water, then boil the potatoes until a fork goes into them easily. Drain the potatoes, then let them cool.

Once cool, use a dull knife to help slip off the skins of the potatoes - it should be easy, and you really shouldn't have to use much force. I recommend putting the skinned potato chunks back into the same pot.

Sugar Sauce
Melt 1 stick butter in a small sauce pan, then add 1/2 cup brown sugar. You're basically just making sure they're pretty well combined. Once it has become pretty well mixed, pour it over the potato chunks, and stir thoroughly.

Pour the potatoes into a pan for baking (I used a cast iron skillet, which was almost better than a baking pan), and bake at 350 for about 30 minutes. Since everything's full cooked, you could take them out at any point really, but I feel like the longer they're in, the tastier they get. Just make sure they don't burn.


Marjorie Magidow Schalles said...

You have learned well, Grasshopper! This year I tried a new twist on the sauce - I added about 1/2 cup of water to brown sugar and cooked on low, then added the butter to that. It was somewhat easier to evenly distribute this way, and just as delicious! And it was runny enough to use the turkey baster after it was cooked, which make the potatoes all shiny and shit.

Laila H. Familiar said...

I just had those great sweet potatoes yesterday night. Alex cooked them and they were delicious.
Is that you, Alex, inthe picture??