Saturday, July 7, 2007

Sweet Potato Casserole

recipe from

5 sweet potatoes, sliced
50g butter (omitted accidentally, opps!)
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1 pinch ground cinnamon
1 tsp vanilla essence
1 (10.5 ounce) package miniature marshmallows

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
2. Place sweet potatoes in a large saucepan with enough water to cover. Bring to a boil, and cook until tender, about 15 minutes. Remove from heat, drain, and mash.
3. Place mashed sweet potatoes in large bowl, and use an electric mixer to blend with the margarine, brown sugar, vanilla essence and cinnamon. Spread evenly into a 9x13 inch baking dish. Top with miniature marshmallows.
4. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes in the preheated oven, or until heated through, and marshmallows are puffed and golden brown.

comments: Did you know that sweet potatos can be cooked this way with marshmallows?? I honestly didn't!! Once again, this is a 'clearing pantry' recipe!! :P But it turned out pretty well...maybe! Before baking, it looked really pretty with the tri-coloured marshmellows, and everyone who saw it was quite eager to grab a piece! It didn't look that appetising after cutting up cos it was all mushy! But reviews were still on the positive side! And!!! We found out something surprising!! Mashed up sweet potato (i used the purple skinned ones) has an uncanningly similar texture and taste to lotus nut paste...the stuff which is inside mooncakes!! (and I didn't even have to add half a gallon of oil!) Plus, sweet potato is way cheaper and much easier to prepare than lotus nut paste! No soaking overnight and then cooking in a pressure cooker..and then frying in oil for almost an hour.....(see the last post about complicated chinese cooking!!)..
So perhaps this year, we might just have sweet potato mooncakes instead...!!
Oh! and coming back to this recipe, i think the brown sugar can be omitted altogether actually...the marshmellows were sweet enough... :)

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