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Foodie news | Sweet potatoes for grown-ups

Simone Grandmain
Special to the Sun
Courtesy Simone GrandmainTwice-baked sweet potatoes are a great way to ease your kids (and in-laws) into adulthood.

TAHOE/TRUCKEE, Calif. and#8212; All right, I take it back. It is OK to re-invent the traditional sides if they contain marshmallows or Maraschino cherries.

Times, they are a changing. I mean, all of us have gotten past the canned ham havenand#8217;t we?

I am not doing an about-face on the stuffing recipe; trying something new there could lead to divorce court.

But even Judge Judy would concur no one is really possessive when it comes to the obligatory sweet potato casserole.

Arenand#8217;t the kids getting older? Do you still have a separate table for the little guys?

Even if you do, this easy dish is very celebratory in appearance.

Enjoy and happy holidays!

Twice-baked Sweet Potatoes


6 sweet potatoes, even in size, scrubbed

4 Tbls. brown sugar

4 Tbls. butter

4 ounces cream cheese, room temperature

1and#8260;4 tsp. ground cinnamon

1and#8260;4 tsp. ground nutmeg

1and#8260;4 tsp. ground ginger

salt and fresh ground black pepper to taste

1and#8260;2 cup chopped honey roasted almonds or honey roasted pecans


Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Bake sweet potatoes for one hour or until soft. Remove from oven and let stand until cool enough to handle. Split sweet potatoes and gently scoop out flesh into a medium- sized bowl, reserving skins. In another bowl combine brown sugar, butter and cream cheese and all spices. Add this to potato bowl and fold in completely. Add this filling back into potato skins, top with chopped nuts and return to 375 degrees oven for 15 minutes or until golden brown.