November 19, 2008
With Thanksgiving right around the corner, I tested this recipe out on several little ginuea pigs. I made these for a recent "kid's dinner party" that my friends and I do every week and I can't even tell you how hard I laughed when I pulled these sweet potatoes out of the oven and three of the kids simultaneously yelled "cupcakes"! No matter what we said they decided the orange and white "cupcakes" were a holiday treat and scarfed them down. The only “oops” moment came when one the little girls looked at me with a huge hunk of orange peel in her mouth and said, “I don't like the wrapper”. Whoops!
These heavenly treats only take minutes to prepare, and they made quite a visual and edible impact on the kids and adults alike. I'm a big fan of cooking this dish with evaporated skim milk because it makes the potatoes really fluffy without the added fat of heavy cream. I usually don't like to use foods that have a ton of sugar, but just a few mini marshmallows really take this recipe to the next level for kids and makes it fun for them. After all, it's the “icing”! They’re not essential to the recipe, so you can easily leave them out.
This recipe is also a time saver when you're cooking Thanksgiving dinner, because the orange pulp that you scoop out goes right into the weelicious cranberry sauce recipe! A green vegetable, some succulent turkey and you have a perfect meal for the entire family with a few leftovers for the next day.