Sunday, November 21, 2010

Speaking of Traditions

What is better than a new tradition added to the holiday season? Cooking and baking is one of the biggest things we do this time of year. My three girls get so excited to try something new and fun each year. This year, I saw this super fun recipe from one of my favorite "cooks", Paul Deen. The recipe is for Stuffed Sweet Potato Balls. Here is my finished product and boy was it yummy. It also passed the taste test of the most important food critics, my kids & hubby.

Here is a copy of the recipe which can also be found on


  • 4 large sweet potatoes
  • 2/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons orange juice
  • 1 teaspoon orange zest
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
  • 2 cups shredded coconut, sweetened
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 large marshmallow per potato ball


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Bake the potatoes until tender, then peel and mash them. Stir in the brown sugar, orange juice, zest and nutmeg. In a separate bowl, toss the coconut with the sugar and cinnamon. Press mashed potatoes around each marshmallow, creating a 2 to 3-inch diameter ball. Roll the balls in the coconut mixture. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes. Watch carefully for the last few minutes of cooking; the expanding marshmallows can cause the potato balls to burst open.

These are the recipes that I plan on having on hand for years to come so that they may be passed on to my daughters. Another good thing to preserve in your scrapbooks...(hint hint ;))

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