Thursday, February 4, 2010

Brown Sugar & Marshmallow Baked Sweet Potatoes

I have decided to showcase a dish using marshmallows and sweet potatoes, creating a sweet and savory side dish or lunch item, sure to warm your heart and body.

There is something cerebral about marshmallows and the effect they have on me. White, innocent little nuggets of goodness creating flashbacks of cold winter days, where my sisters and I would shuffle into the house leaving the cold behind us, ripping off our layers upon layers of socks, hats and thermal underwear, making sure every inch of damp clothing was removed before entering the kitchen, where a large mug filled with hot chocolate was waiting for us, complete with overflowing miniature marshmallows.

Knowing we wouldn't leave our chocolate and marshmallow dessert mugs behind us, my parents took this opportunity to lecture us on the importance of staying together and to be be safe out there, where we sled down hills and built snowmen with friends- lessons that have lingered in my brain for years following. Because of this, marshmallows are more than just a garnish to me, they are little treasures of perfectly created memories overflowing my heart.

Brown Sugar & Marshmallow Baked Sweet Potatoes
Serving Size: 4

What You'll Need:
4 Med. sweet potatoes scrubbed
Salt & Pepper to taste
4 tsp butter
8 tsp. packed brown sugar
48 mini marshmallows

Preheat oven to 400. With a fork, poke potatoes in several places.
Wrap in square foil on baking sheet and bake for 45 minutes- being sure not to rip foil when wrapping
Tuck foil under to the sides of each potato- being careful not to burn yourself
Cut a deep cross in the top of each potato- reaching ¾ of the way down the potato
Slowly push together the ends to create an opening.
Sprinkle inside with salt and pepper
Add 1 tbsp butter to each potato
Add 2 tsp sugar to each potato
Sprinkle 12 marshmallows on each potato
Set oven to High broil and put under broiler for a 4 minutes, making sure to move pan inside the oven at 1 minute intervals
The marshmallows should be light brown in color

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