I love sweet potatoes. They taste like dessert to me. This Orange Praline Sweet Potato recipe is, especially, delicious. This is another recipe that comes from my mom’s collection. I asked her where she originally got the recipe, and she went back to try and figure it out but was not sure. I can tell you that the crunchy and sweet praline top is like candy. I did leave a little section of it off because I knew my kids might not even try it seeing it had that top. I was right, but man they were missing out. Oh well! More for me. What about you? Are sweet potatoes a Thanksgiving tradition for you? Do you just stick with the traditional mashed potatoes? These orange praline sweet potatoes aren’t necessarily a traditional recipe, but they do have a similar flavor profile. To me, it is a step up from your grandma’s traditional recipe. No offense to your grandma. Like my mashed potato recipe, this is a dish you can make the day before, which makes preparation on the day of any event much easier.
Orange Praline Sweet Potatoes
4 lbs sweet potatoes
2/3 cup orange juice
1 Tbsp grated orange zest
5 Tbsp Brandy
2 tsp salt
fresh pepper, to taste
3/4 cups butter, melted and divided
1 cup light brown sugar, divided
3 egg yolks
1 cup chopped pecans
1 tsp cinnamon
Boil a pot of water. Add potatoes and cook until tender, 20-3o minutes. You should be able to pierce it with a fork. In a mixer or with a hand mixer, beat potatoes until smooth. Add orange juice, grated orange zest, Brandy, salt, pepper, 1/4 cup melted butter, 1/3 cup brown sugar and egg yolks. Beat until fluffy. Pour into a 12″ porcelain quiche dish or shallow pan. Combine remaining ingredients (1/4 cup melted butter, 2/3 cup brown sugar, pecans and cinnamon). Spread over the potatoes. Cover and refrigerate overnight. Bake on 350 for 45-50 minutes until brown and bubbly. Let stand for 10-12 minutes.
Here’s the sweet potatoes before adding the praline topping.
If you are looking for a great mashed potato recipe, you should really try my overnight mashed potatoes. Make it the day before!
Don’t forget the rolls: