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Mashed Sweet Potatoes With Brown Sugar and Pecans image

This maple-sweetened mashed sweet potato casserole has a brown sugar and pecan topping that bakes into a crunchy candylike crust.

Categories     Thanksgiving     Side     Sweet Potato/Yam     Bon Appétit     Food Processor     Nut     Bake     Vegetarian     Kid-Friendly     Pecan     Fall     Maple Syrup     Pescatarian     Wheat/Gluten-Free     Peanut Free     Soy Free     Kosher     Small Plates

Yield 12-14 servings

Number Of Ingredients 11

For the topping:
1 cup (packed) golden brown sugar
½ cup chopped pecans (about 2 ounces)
¼ cup (½ stick) chilled butter, cut into ¼-inch pieces
For the sweet potatoes:
5 pounds red-skinned sweet potatoes (yams), peeled, cut into 1½-inch pieces
4 large eggs
3 tablespoons pure maple syrup
2 tablespoons vanilla extract
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
2 teaspoons salt


  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Mix sugar, pecans and butter in small bowl. Cover and chill until ready to use. (Can be made up to 2 days ahead. Keep refrigerated.)
  • Butter 13x9x2-inch glass baking dish. Cook sweet potatoes in large pot of boiling salted water until very tender, about 12 minutes. Drain. Let stand in colander 15 minutes. Purée sweet potatoes in processor.
  • Beat eggs, syrup, vanilla, lemon juice and salt in large bowl. Mix in puréed sweet potatoes. Transfer sweet potato mixture to prepared dish. Sprinkle pecan topping evenly over mixture.
  • Bake until sweet potato mixture is set and topping bubbles, about 1 hour. Let stand 15 minutes and serve.

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