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Bourbon Mashed Sweet Potatoes with Candied Pecans

Bourbon Sweet Potatoes with Bourbon Candied Pecans

Bourbon Sweet Potatoes with Bourbon Candied Pecans

My P.S. (Princely Spouse) and I went to Red Lobster a couple months ago and I discovered they had a side dish option of bourbon mashed sweet potatoes with candied pecans.  Oh my gosh were they good!  I took a picture with my phone to remind myself to work on a recipe.  The dish, particularly the candied pecans, needed to be a more regular dish in our castle!

Red Lobster's Bourbon Sweet Potatoes

Red Lobster’s Bourbon Sweet Potatoes

The sweet potato dish at Red Lobster had a sort of crème fraiche topping that I didn’t bother with.  The rest was so good it didn’t need one more ingredient.

Halve sweet potatoes and roast at 425°F until fork tender, about 40 minutes.

Halve sweet potatoes and roast at 425°F until fork tender, about 40 minutes

It was easy to find recipes for bourbon sweet potatoes.  The next time I roasted vegetables I also roasted 3 medium sized sweet potatoes so I’d be ready.  I scooped them into a container and ended up freezing them for several weeks.  I had to leave town twice and didn’t have the time to experiment for awhile.

Scoop sweet potatoes into a container and store until used.

Scoop sweet potatoes into a container and store until used.

I finally thawed my sweet potatoes last week and was ready for experimenting.  I started with the pecans.  They turned out so well I was eager to finish the recipe so I could use them as garnish.  I posted my successful recipe for the bourbon candied pecans previously.

Place sweet potatoes in a nonstick skillet over medium high heat with slices of butter until melted.

Place sweet potatoes in a nonstick skillet over medium high heat with slices of butter until melted.

I pulled out my large nonstick skillet and added the sweet potatoes.  I sliced up 5 tablespoons of butter and stirred them with the potatoes until they were melted.  I’d remembered the Red Lobster sweet potatoes were very buttery, so the recipe I chose to try had a great deal of butter.

Stir in brown sugar, salt and bourbon. Heat through

Stir in brown sugar, salt and bourbon. Heat through

I added brown sugar, stirring until it was fully integrated into the potatoes.  I poured in a glug, about a tablespoon or so, of bourbon and again stirred well.  I decided the sweet potatoes needed a good pinch of salt, stirred it in, and was pleased with the flavors.

Place sweet potato mixture into a baking dish and level. Bake at 350°F for 20 minutes. Serve hot garnished with candied pecans

Place sweet potato mixture into a baking dish and level. Bake at 350°F for 20 minutes. Serve hot garnished with candied pecans

I poured the sweet potato mixture into a baking dish and spread evenly.  I could have probably used a smaller dish but it was on top of my stack.  Use your own judgement.

The baking dish went into the preheated 350°F oven and I set them timer for 20 minutes.  Everything was already done and heated, I just wanted the ingredients to blend a bit more in the oven’s heat.

Bourbon Sweet Potatoes with Bourbon Candied Pecans

Bourbon Sweet Potatoes with Bourbon Candied Pecans

I served the mashed sweet potatoes garnished liberally with a sprinkling of the bourbon candied pecans and was thrilled with the flavors!  Oh my, it was so good!  It was a side dish to our meal of crockpot roast pork and rice but frankly I’d have rather made a meal of a giant bowl of the mashed sweet potatoes and candied pecans.

The bourbon wasn’t a super strong presence, for those who might not be as much of a bourbon fan as I am.  In both the mash and the pecans it is a slight taste, almost in the background.  But it definitely makes the dish pop, so I wouldn’t omit bourbon entirely.

Bourbon Mashed Sweet Potatoes with Bourbon Candied Pecans

  • Servings: 4
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 cups roasted sweet potatoes
  • 5 tablespoons butter
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon bourbon
  • Bourbon Candied Pecans (click for link to recipe)

Directions


Cut squash into pieces and roast in 425°F oven until fork tender, about 45 minutes. Cool and scoop into a container if not making recipe immediately.

Place squash in a nonstick skillet on medium high heat. Add butter and stir until melted. Add brown sugar, bourbon and a pinch of salt and stir to blend well.

Spoon mixture into a baking dish and level.  In preheated 350°F oven place baking dish and bake for 20 minutes.

Serve hot garnished with bourbon candied pecans.

Adapted from Epicurious
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