Oct 26, 2011

Mashed Sweet Potatoes Brulee



Mashed sweet potatoes with a hint of cinnamon and nutmeg, topped with a caramelized brown sugar crust. Sweet potatoes are a must for Thanksgiving and this dish will be a hit on your Holiday table.

I am starting to post Thanksgiving recipes since it's right around the corner, so we are testing out lots of side dishes in my home. We really loved this recipe, I can happily say this is the dish that finally turned me into a sweet potato fan. Previously I only enjoyed them as sweet potato fries, or in a sweet potato pie, but I will certainly be making this again and again.

To prepare ahead, make the mashed sweet potatoes the day before, then re-heat them before topping with sugar and broiling. Once you broil them, you'll want to serve them right away. If you are bringing them to someone's house, don't add the brown sugar topping until you are ready to serve.

Mashed Sweet Potatoes Brulee
Adapted from Cooking Light
Skinnytaste.com
Servings: 14 • Size: 1/2 cup • Old Points: 2 pts • Points+: 3 pts
Calories: 113.4 • Fat: 1.5 g • Protein: 2.2 g • Carb: 25.6 g • Fiber: 2.9 g • Sugar: 14.8
Sodium: 141 mg

Ingredients:
  • 5 1/2 lbs sweet potatoes, peeled and boiled until soft (6 cups cooked)
  • 3/4 cup 1% milk
  • 3 tbsp light butter, softened
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 cup unpacked light brown sugar

Directions:

When the potatoes are cooked and soft, combine them with milk, light butter, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg and mash or puree until smooth.  


Spoon into a 9 x 9 or 11 x 7-inch baking dish.


Preheat the broiler. Sprinkle 1/2 cup brown sugar evenly over top. Broil 2 minutes or until sugar melts, careful not to burn. Let it stand until the melted sugar hardens (about 5 minutes).


Makes 7 cups.

110 comments :

  1. YAY! First to leave a comment :) These look delicious! How do you cook them until they are soft? Boil them in water?

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    1. Boil them if you have to - but they retain the most flavor if baked. Throw them in with the turkey - or let them cook overnight in a low oven. You can even cook them the day before.

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    2. Best way to cook them is to steam them!

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    3. Best way to cook them is to steam them!

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  2. Yes, boil them like you would make mashed potatoes.

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  3. Looks delicious! I'd probably throw some marshmallows on top lol

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    1. Then it's just like an ordinary "candied yam" nothing new there.

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  4. I eat SP all the time, but never boil them. I pierce them with a fork and throw in the microwave for 4-6 minutes depending on the size. The skin peels away in one or two pieces once its sliced and its ready to mash with a fork. I am pretty excited to try this recipe at Christmas, as Canadian Thxgiving has passed already.

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  5. I should add that I hate the taste of microwaved white potatoes but find the SP is perfect!

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  6. My sister last night made mashed sweet potatoes by peeling and roasting them. I'll have to tell her about this brulee recipe. :)

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  7. How did you know I have TONS of sweet potatoes from my CSA???

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  8. I love this idea as an alternative to sweet potatoes with marshmallows which as much as I try, I just can't seem to like. Going to try it out this week.

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  9. Oh my goodness. I have to try this and I have to try this now!

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  10. fabulous idea to spice things up

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  11. that looks soooo good. can't wait to try it.

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  12. Such a great idea! I love the marshmallow topping but brulee sounds like a fun change of pace.

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  13. I have made a recipe similar to this for years and love it. Here in the deep south of Louisiana for a little added flavor we add chopped fresh pecans on top. So much better than that marshmallow stuff.

    Can't wait to try this skinnier version!

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  14. Jen Meklenburg10/26/11, 2:10 PM

    I can be a bit of a purist, but we take mashed sweet potatoes, add NOTHING to the puree. Put it in a baking dish and top it with sliced bananas. Competely natural. No sugar except what is naturally found in the sweet potatoes and bananas. If you broil the top, it'll brown up and bit. It is always a hit with my family!

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  15. I've been dreading the holiday season, but this recipe gives me hope! Can't wait to try it

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  16. This looks fantastic!! I bet my kids will even eat this! Thank you for all these great recipes! You help to make cooking so fun!

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  17. I'm making this tonight and my son and husband have an end of the season baseball party to go to during dinner. So....it's for leftovers tomorrow for them. I sure hope it microwaves well tomorrow for them. It won't be the same I'm sure but that's ok! I'm serving it with some grilled chicken and an arugula, goat cheese, toasted walnut salad. ha that really doesn't all go together but I don't care!

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  18. These look so YUMMY... I'm going to make them for Thanksgiving :-)

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  19. I am so going to make this! It looks delicious. I wish I was having it tonight!

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  20. I LOVE that you can make this ahead. Pretty perfect for Thanksgiving!

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  21. Hey Gina,
    Can you use canned sweet potatoes?
    Jenna

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  22. Has anyone tried this with an actual cooking torch? My hubby just got one and LOVES to use it so this could be a good role for him for T-giving...

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  23. I like pecans on top of anything!

    Bananas, that's different! I can see that being good though!

    Beth, I'm sure it all tasted good together!

    You could use canned potatoes, but I think fresh would taste so much better!

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  24. Looks like you are winning the shape contest! Good luck!!!

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  25. I live in Japan with no orange sweet potatoes:( I think I will definitely try canned. I usually boil and slice the potatoes and pour brown sugar, butter, etc on them and bake them but this sounds good too!

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  26. Beware of Microwaving food! You are ZAPPING the NUTRIENTS right out of it, the very things you are trying to use in your body.

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  27. Hot Dam, this looks good! Bookmarked!!!

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  28. I love sweet potatoes, there is always a dish at Thanksgiving on my table!

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  29. Awesome idea! Love the way it is a lot lighter than many (most) of the THanksgiving side dish options around

    bookmarking this one for sure!

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  30. I've been making these for 30 years. This was my mother in law's best recipe, and I get requests to make these every year! (Of course yours are a tad lighter!!!)

    The other addition that I never leave out, is drained, crushed pineapple! MMMmmmm, i'm salivating just now I can almost taste them!

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  31. I stumbled across your site via drooling on Pinterest and I am completely in love with your cooking! I started WW at the beginning of the year and stalled out over the summer because I was bored with what to make for dinner. NOT ANYMORE!!! Thanks for all your delicious food and fantastic photography of it. I come here everyday for eye candy!!

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  32. Is there another way to get the brown sugar browned instead of broiling? This looks fantastic!

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  33. Oh my. That looks absolutely wonderful! And the nutritional info is too good to be true. :) Thank you for sharing this!

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  34. Question - what is the best bake-ware to broil with? I was reading online that you should not place glass under a broiler...do you think corningware would work, or should I look for a different type before the big day?

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  35. Gina what brand of light butter do you like? I tend not to like ones that taste like margarine. Thanks :)

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  36. I'd make this if I wasn't orange at the moment.

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  37. Ok I have a question. I have seen yams and sweet potatoes. And when I bought the sweet potatoes the inside is less orange than the yams. So which one do you use. Because I heard yams are really sweet potatoes just different name. Which ones are which. I noticed the sweet potatoes have a purple peel and the yams were a little more on the brown/orange side. So again which ones do you use.

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  38. Gina,

    This looks amazing! I am a very eclectic cook with training on Polish/Irish/Italian/Southern cooking. I am trying out for the show MasterChef on 11/19/2011 so I will definitely be keeping your recipes in my back pocket to bring good low fat cooking to the forefront! Thanks Gina!

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  39. I have the same question Patti has above regarding which ones to really use: sweet potatoes or yams?? Confused since the yams are more orange-like and the sweet potatoes are more white-like. Help please! Thank you, Gina!

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  40. You can use sweet potatoes or yams, whatever you prefer. They look alike, sometimes it's hard to tell them apart. The darker-skinned variety often called "yam" in error has a thicker, dark orange to reddish skin with a vivid orange, sweet flesh. Yams are sweeter and would be wonderful. The whiter sweet potato isn't as sweet, you probably don't want to use that for this recipe.

    This only broils for 2 minutes, I had no issues with it in the oven. You could use a cooking torch instead, although I think that's more work.

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  41. We made these the other night for a dinner party of 4. Instead of cooking the whole thing, we did individual ramekins and torched the sugar just before serving. They were delicious, but the brown sugar actually *burned* - as in blue flames that I had to blow out! Instead of the attractive caramelized sugar look, I had charred brown sugar. I may use turbinado next time; never had that one catch fire!

    Note: Even the scorched sugar tasted fine; it was just the presentation that suffered.

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  42. Help! This looks fabulous! But as a not very experienced cook, what happens if you do add the sugar before a half hour car ride? I am thinking about taking these over to my mother-in-laws for Thanksgiving, but I wouldn't be able to cook the top when I get there. Thanks to anyone who replies...

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  43. I made this tonight along aide your pork chops and apple sauce. ABSOLUTELY AMAZING! Even my husband to doesn't love pork or sweet potatoes loved it! You're my hero!

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  44. Yum, this was delicious! Loved the crunch of sugar on top!

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  45. is this a desert?? or do you eat this with the turkey???

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  46. Made this tonight so delicious! Thank you!

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  47. So glad you all liked it.

    If you make this before you get there, it will still taste good, but the brown sugar melts on top, it won't have a crispy topping.

    This is a side dish you eat with turkey.

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  48. The only way I've ever enjoyed sweet potatoes is with lots and lots of sugar in a sweet potato pie or sweet potato casserole. I really want to like sweet potatoes because they're so good for you...you know, when you don't add a cup or so of sugar.

    I made these tonight. YUM! Dh and I both loved them! I'll definitely be making this again.

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  49. That sounds awesome! Great idea, Gina! I also love sweet potatoes with spicy barbecued pork dishes. Sweet and spicy seem to complement each other so well. I have often had sweet potato fries with crock pot barbecue. Do you think this would make a good side for spicy pork chops? I'm one of those people that eats turkey on Thanksgiving and sometimes Christmas, but that's it (other than deli turkey of course.) Please let me know if you have some other main course meat dishes you think it would work with.

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  50. I made this recipe as soon as I saw it on the website. Hands down one of the most delicious things I have made. Tastes just like pumpkin pie and feels a little like you are having dessert with your meal! Thanks so much for posting it

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  51. This looks so good. I am going to try it.

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  52. I made this last night and it was YUMMY! (even though I messed it up). I steamed my sweet potatoes in the microwave and they ended up being a bit dry, so I will try the boiling method next time.

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  53. Gina,
    Can you use Splenda brown sugar? I love this because its sweeter than brown sugar and I use less of it but I was wondering if it would still brown on top?
    Darlene B

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  54. These were AMAZING!! They almost taste like candy. :) So good.

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  55. Is this something you could freeze?

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  56. Does the broiler get them hot enough inside? If you make them the day before would you reheat in microwave before adding sugar and broiling?

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  57. Splenda brown sugar should work, but I've never tried caramelizing them so not sure if it will work like sugar.

    I think it would freeze ok as leftovers.

    The broiler won't heat it so if you plan on making it the night before, you'll want to put it in the microwave or oven before broiling.

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  58. Hi Gena,

    What I'm I doing wrong. I could not get the brown sugar to harden. I tried the broiler method and then my daughter used her culinary torch and still it wouldn't crisp up.The potatoes were yummy though.

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  59. Amazing. We had an early thanksgiving today and I made these - delicious and a huge hit even for a ew that don't like sweet potatoes. Made the cranberry sauce too which was delish.

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  60. This was delicious! I halved the recipe and put them into small ramekins that were individual servings.

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  61. Could you substitute butternut squash for the sweet potatoes?

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  62. Can you use unsweetened soy/almond milk to make it without milk

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  63. Has anyone tried of adding some raisins? I thought that sounded good. Maybe even golden raisins, but I wasn't sure how I could add them so they would be plump and juicy! any ideas? :)

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  64. Ok, so do you really use sweet potatoes or do you use yams? The sweet potatoes that you get around here are always so...white, they are never orange like that...so I usually will use a yam.

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  65. Laurie, you have to do it pretty quickly so it doesn't melt.

    I bet this would be great with butternut squash.

    Laura, any milk would work.

    Emily, you could use yams too!

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  66. Made this recipe for a Thanksgiving potluck. So good & so many compliments!! Thanks

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  67. In the US mainland, yams are sweet potatoes. In other parts of the world, a yam is a different tuber (see Wikipedia). I prefer brulee made under the broiler but have always used white granulated sugar. I would assume that would work as well here and might solve some folks melting problems. The white sugar caramelizes under the broiler or the, ugh, torch.

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  68. Hi Gina,

    I wanted to let you know that I absolutely LOVE your website. A good friend told me about your recipes and since I am trying out a healthier lifestyle I thought I give it a try. I have made several of them now and each one has been delicious! My family loves the meals I have been making. Thank you so much! I can't wait to try this one out for Thanksgiving. We love sweet potatoes. Thank you once again and Happy Thanksgiving!

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  69. Hi Gina! I am a Follow-The-Recipe-To-A-T sort of cook, so I apologize if this is a silly question!
    I plan on making the sweet potato portion the night before. So I'm wondering... how long, and at what temp, should I plan to bake the sweet potatoes before adding the brown sugar and broiling?
    Happy Thanksgiving!

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  70. I would reheat the potatoes on the stove adding a touch of milk if it seems dry, then pour it into the casserole dish and proceed as directed.

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  71. Thank you MeganB & Gina for answering my question! :) CAN'T WAIT to make this!!!!

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  72. When you put it to broil should the oven be on high or low???

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  73. Gina, I made this today for Thanksgiving and made a couple of changes, used very little butter (didn't have any in the house) and used skim milk because that's what I had. I roasted te sweet potatoes rather than boil and then added some vanilla and orange extracts, a couple tables spoons of sugar free syrup, and some cinnamon, clove, nutmeg and pumpkin pie spice Used a hand mixer to whip them and then topped with the brown sugar. Everyone raved. They were amazing and I will certainly make them again and again! :) Thank you for a great webstie!

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  74. These are awesome! (I'm just sayin....if you haven't heard...HA!) just made for Thanksgiving and hubby...inlaws....nieces & nephews loved 'em! I put the SP in rammicans (about 2" deep) instead of the baking dish, so everyone had their own individual SP! Keep up the great work!

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  75. This was my favorite dish from Thanksgiving - we used a propane torch on the brown sugar topping just to show off a little bit! Thanks Gina!

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  76. Tried these last night & they were AMAZING! The crunchy brulee top was so fun and new. The only change I made was to roast the sweet potatoes rather than boil them. I feel like it brings out their natural sugars better, but it can be messy!

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  77. Made this for Thanksgiving with my extended family - and EVERYONE raved! No one even suspected that they were *gasp* healthy!! Thanks Gina!

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  78. I made this and the pumpkin pie dip for Thanksgiving and both were BIG hits! All of the men at the table said they didn't like sweet potatoes before we ate, but all said this recipe was awesome!

    Thank you so much for all that you do, I'm finally enjoying cooking and I'm obsessed with this site =)

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  79. I made this tonight, and it was loved by the entire family! My 6 yr old boy had THREE helpings!! We had it alongside sautéed brussel sprouts and roast chicken.

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  81. My favorite dish at Thanksgiving, and now I'm making it for our Christams dinner as well.

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  82. I'm a lazy cook. Any chance you can use canned yams so you won't need to peel, chop or cook the potatoes?

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  83. I'm so happy I found a great tasting alternative to the typical high calorie dish found at every Thanksgiving dinner each year. This was just as good! I think I'll volunteer to make this every year instead of skipping out like I usually do. Sweet potatoes are so sweet naturally so they really don't need all of that sugar. :)

    Also blogged about it here (with another recipe from your site!):
    http://mrsgaeul.com/2012/01/06/lazy-wednesday-meal-chicken-and-white-bean-enchiladas-with-creamy-salsa-verde/

    Thanks!

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  84. I made this for the family tonight! Very good and much lower in points then my traditional sweet potato casserole. Thanks!

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  85. I find peeling, cutting into chunks then steaming makes them taste better without being watery from boiling.

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  86. Had this for dinner tonight and it tasted wonderful. I will have to make again because I royally messed up the potato cooking process. I tried to bake and scoop them out instead of boiling. Shouldn't have done it. My potatoes where lumpy. But still tasted delicious.

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  87. I usually make Joanna Lund's version called Maple Sweet Potato bake where you slice canned sweet potatoes (18 Ounce size) and in a bowl mix log cabin maple syrup (I use Trader Joes agave and maple syrup blend, 2 tablespoon Splenda 3 tablepoons chopped Pecans and 2 tablespoons light margarine. THis recipe also sounded good so I am going to try it.

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  88. Looks yummy and so easy!! Definitely want try this very soon!! I have some sweet potatoes on hand right now!! I absolutely love your site! I've been sharing with friends & strangers!! lol...Keep on posting low-fat, low-calories recipes!

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  89. Has anyone ever cooked/baked with soy milk? I was wondering if I sub. soy for the cow's milk, called for, if it would be ok?

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  90. I love sweet potatoes with marshmallows. I actually add a little orange juice with all of the above ingredients. Gives it a little citrusy tang.

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  91. i made this with almond milk and it was even sweeter. great recipe!!!

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  92. I made it! I always feel so proud when I actually make a recipe I saved. I baked the sweet potatoes which helped the flavor I think. I found that the potatoes peeled easier after I let them cool a bit. I made the potatoes the night before and served them at a Thanksgiving potluck. Will be making again for our actual thanksgiving =D

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  93. Gina, I agree, this is the best sweet potato casserole ever. I baked my potatoes, then peeled and mashed. Only had fat free milk in the house, but it worked just fine. The brulee topping sets this one apart. My extended family loved it. Thanks for another great recipe!

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  94. This was a hit! I made this yesterday but as a mistake used butternut squash (precut from TJ's) rather than sweet potatoes. Everyone still raved about it and I thought it tasted really good. I think as long as you have the brulee, it's all good!

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  95. This is very good, I found just a slight bit too much milk so add slowly....

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  96. Browsing your site for Thanksgiving recipes. This looks awesome. Thinking of making potatoes in the crock pot. This way I can assemble just before the turkey is done, then pop this in the broiler for a cpl minutes. Always a challenge trying to getting everything done at the same time.

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  97. If I make ahead, the next day when I bake them how long should I cook for and what temperature? thanks

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  98. Looks good, but when I calculate the calories I get 200 per serving dividing the recipe by 14. Are you sure your calculation is right?

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  99. WAYYYY too many carbs and too much sugar. If I make it it will be with coconut milk and Splenda brown sugar substitute. I love sweet potatoes but this can be toned down for we diabetics.

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