Coconut Pecan Sweet Potato Casserole

Presented by: Sher Bird Garfield, Bellevue

Cook's Note: A wonderful dish not only for Thanksgiving, but for Easter dinner as well.

Ingredients

  • 3 lb. sweet potatoes (6 medium)
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 1/5 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 3 1/2 tablespoons unsalted butter, divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 cup sweetened flaked coconut
  • 1/3 cup pecans, chopped
  • 3 tablespoons flour

Preparation

Heat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 11/2-quart baking dish.

Pierce potatoes a few times with a knife. Place potatoes on paper towels in microwave. Microwave on high until very soft, about 10 to 15 minutes.

When cool enough to handle, slit potatoes and scoop pulp into a bowl. Add orange juice, brown sugar, ginger, 2 tablespoons of the butter and the salt. Mash until smooth. Spoon into baking dish.

In small bowl, using your fingers, mix remaining 11/2 tablespoons butter, coconut flakes, pecans and flour until blended. Sprinkle over top of sweet potatoes.

Bake 30 minutes or until topping is lightly browned and potatoes are hot.

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