Sweet Potato Puffs

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Sweet Potato Puffs: What I've Learned So Far

This vegetarian recipe for sweet potato puffs is a variation on a traditional holiday favorite. It's simple to make, a breeze to cook, and you and your guests will love the sweet, crunchy flavor.

Like most orange veggies, sweet potatoes are high in beta carotene, which is converted into vitamin A in your body. While too much vitamin A (like most things) can be toxic, eating orange veggies rich in beta carotene is a boost for your health.

Ingredients for sweet potato puffs

So if this is a recipe for sweet potato puffs, why do I have a can of yams in the photo?

As it turns out, what most people call a yam is actually a sweet potato - in fact, the U.S. Department of Agriculture requires labels with the term "yam" to also have the term "sweet potato." So wait, is there actually a difference?

The answer is yes, but most likely if you grew up in the U.S., you've never actually had a yam. A yam is also a root vegetable, but it's rough and scaly, and very low in beta carotene. So don't be fooled by the label on the can - these are definitely sweet potatoes!

Whipping up your Sweet Potato Puffs

You'll Need:

• 40 oz. (large can) yams

• 2 Tbsp softened butter

• 1/2 tsp salt

• 2 tsp bourbon

• 1 C finely chopped pecans

• 1/2 C packed brown sugar

• 12 large marshmallows

Do This:

1. Combine sweet potatoes, butter, bourbon and salt; mix well.

2. Combine pecans and brown sugar in a small bowl.

3. Pat about 2 generous Tbsp sweet potato mixture around each marshmallow.

4. Roll in brown sugar and nuts.

5. Place in 8x8x2 microwavable dish.

6. Microwave on high 4 to 7 minutes or until marshmallows puff and the potatoes are throughly heated.

Recipe Notes

• Once you put the sweet potato mixture around the marshmallow, you can roll it between your palms pretty easily.

• The sweet potato mixture will stick to your hands a little, so I generally make all the puffs first, place them on waxed paper, and then roll them. Otherwise it gets messy!

• You can absolutely omit the bourbon - this recipe is just as delicious without it.

• These reheat very well in the microwave - just don't overcook.

• You'll have to squish the puffs together a little to fit all 12 into your dish. That's fine, because once cooked they really don't stay individual puffs - and that really won't matter when you serve them!.

• While I've never tried it, I'm sure you can use fresh sweet potatoes. If you do, I'd recommend baking them first, and then using them.

Sweet potato puffs

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