Skip to comments.How did marshmallows get on my sweet potatoes?
Posted on 11/22/2012 3:13:31 PM PST by Morgana
If your family is like most Americans, they expect to see certain dishes alongside the Thanksgiving turkey -- green bean casserole, cranberries, sweet potatoes and dressing.
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How did marshmellows get on my sweet potatoes?
My wife put them there.
I detest sweet potatoes, but the rest of the family likes them so one of my daughter’s brings them. They were marshmallow free this year I noticed.
I’ve noticed that most either love them or hate them. No in-between. I love them with or without the marshmallows.
I’m with you. I love them with or without. I make a casserole topped with brown sugar and pecans. It is delicious. But I like any kind. Even fry form.
I am on the hate side (the only time I tried them I threw up).
My aunt who has now passed used to make the most wonderful sweet potato recipe. It had marshmallows, nuts on it.... Just wonderful.
You are correct Morgana, Just pass them please!
"You have a problem with marshmallows?"
Because I plopped them on top and then broiled it at the last part for extra crispy brown goodness.
No one in my family ever put marshmallow on sweet potatoes, all veggies were boiled, since there were never any room in the oven for anything but the turkey.
I much prefer the “garnet yam” variety of sweet potato to the typical orange sweet potato.
First bake the sweet potatoes, then skin and put them through a ricer. To the riced sweet potato add brown sugar, salt, and a teaspoon of lemon juice.
And here’s the zinger: instead of marshmallows on top, crumble cooked bacon! After baking in a covered casserole for a while, lightly sprinkle with nutmeg, cinnamon and clove. Serve with a pat of butter on top.
Mine does the same thing - “everybody likes them like that” she says.
I like ‘em with just butter. Lots of butter.
One of the biggest memories of my childhood Thanksgivings is having an unasked for sweet potato placed on me and siblings’s plates. We’d all stare down at this piece of food that we all hated as our parents demanded we take a bite out of it. It was the only time of the year we saw this thing. After trying to swallow one horrible mouthful, we all pushed it to the side and dove into the other food. Why they subjected us to that unwanted tuber is still unknown to me and my siblings. Ditto for cranberry sauce which they also demanded we try. None of us liked that either.
Bacon and Chipotle.
But then again I am a dietary fundamentalist in most other things
If I want my potatoes sweet, I’ll add butter. That is what butter is for. But I don’t do strange tubers just because it is a holiday. In fact, that is the worst time to stick weird plants in your mouth, since the hospitals are on low staffing...
Ooh-ooh-ooh...this sounds yummy!
“How did marshmellows get on my sweet potatoes?”
More to the point, why??
A much better alternative, that bestows a bit of sweetening and moistening, is the addition of a wee bit of maple syrup. And some chopped nuts, English walnuts or pecans, chopped not too finely, add a bit of “texture.”
You’re welcome; no charge.
My mom used to fix sweet potato cass with marshmallows....sometimes with brown sugar. I loved either.
Here’s my recipe (a souped-up version of mom’s)
1 large sweet potato can feed two. I bake them on 420 F with the skins on for approximately 1 1/2 hours until tender. I bake them to retain the flavor and nutrients. For a large party, I use approx 8.
Remover taters from oven and let stand so peel separates. Peel or scoop out flesh into a LARGE mixing bowl.
Add two stick of butter onto taters and let melt.
When butter begins to melt down, add a container of condensed orange juice (do NOT dilute) little by little and blend using a hand mixer.
Lightly beat two eggs. Add to mixture. Blend with hand mixer.
Once creamy.....pour into two ungreased casserole dishes using a spatula to flatten the top.
Sprinkle with cinnamon.
Sprinkle with dark brown sugar at least 1/3 inch or more.
Sprinkle with chopped pecans over the entire top.
Melt one stick of butter in microwave and pour over the top evenly.
Bake at 325 - 350 F for 30 - 45 minutes.
BTW....This recipe calls for TWO casserole dishes, to the last stick of butter is reserved for TWO. IOW....1/2 a stick for each.
Can’t stand sweet potatoes. Not real keen on turkey or ham either.
In our house, we have duck (no orange sauce) - ALL dark meat.
And at Christmas it gets even better - Lamb!
Pass the brussel sprouts please.
Hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving.
So kids are tricked into taking a bite out of this unwanted Thanksgivingss day mashed tuber put on their plates by their parents .
ps. I love sweet potatoes
Hmmmm. Haven’t had them for many, many years. Sweet memories indeed.
But I prefer marshmallows on a stick, burnt in a camp fire. Charred crispy on the outside, molten inside. Great stuff!
The ones I ate today had some kind of nuts on them. Never had that before but they were good! Had several helpings.
I’ll stick with the marshmellows.
But some nuts does sound good.
Sweet potatoes were never on our menu when I was growing up—my mother was from Phildelphia — so I never tasted them until adulthood. For years, I thought I hated them because of that marshmallow business.
Now, I serve sweet potatoes, but I don’t add any marshmallows or anything sweet. My favorite was to have them, actually is baked like a potato and with a bit of sour cream on top. I don’t eat the skin though like I do with baked white potatoes.
favorite was = favorite way
Just like the deep fried onions on the green bean casserole, they're both in the Mayflower Compact.
Get over it, it's the law!
Could never stand them as a kid. My wife introduced me to the Japanese version which is purple skinned and yellow on the inside. Sweeter and closer in consistency to a baked potatoe they are fantastic. I’ve since found that what a lot of Americans consider sweet potatoes are avtuslly yams which have a totally different consistency and flavor. True American sweet potatoes I’m ok with now if they are baked, but I still can’t bring myself to eat the brown sugared marshmallow version.
We’ve always had pecans on top of ours here.
Yams and sweet potatoes do seem a lot alike but they are from different plant families. I prefer sweet potatoes.
Yams are native to Africa, sweet potatoes are native to the Americas. Yams seem to be drier.
And I can’t grow either one up here in the Rockies. Too cold and the season’s too short. I did grow a few pounds of red McClure potatoes this year the first year I gave it a shot.
Right now there's Swiss chard and collard greens in the garden, mustard just starting to sprout, pineapple plants in pots all around, and I just planted some daikon radish seeds.
Marshmallows??! No, no, no - you’re supposed to put a brown sugar glaze on top!
For some reason, they made me throw up when I was a kid, but I like them well enough now. I suspect they are (very) mildly poisonous, and a child's more sensitive palate often detects that in a way that an adult's cannot. :)
Right now there's...
I'm glad to hear that but it makes me laugh. I looked up 'last freeze' and 'first freeze' dates for my area and the recommended wait after 'lf' and time to expect the worst before 'ff' and they overlapped giving me about a 'minus two weeks' growing season. LOL
The reality is more like 110 days but the first and last ten are on shaky ground. In between things are just hanging out at the mercy of any freak mountain storm.
“Garnet yams” are mislabeled in the US as yams. In fact they are from the sweet potato family. I prefer their flavor to that of common orange sweet potatoes.
Title of a kid’s book: The Unwanted Tuber
I prefer these light yellow fleshed sweet potatoes.
Here's a good site that sorts out sweet potatoes from yams.
I suppose it gets into a real taste test, which is better for various dishes. For example, I would not use garnets in a sweet potato pie, too strong, but think they are a heartier flavor for a casserole.
In either case, I think they are underdeveloped as far as recipes go.
I would grow some sweet potatoes but here in Zone 5 verging on Zone 4 that isn't going to happen.
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