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Sweet Potato Orange Cups

Serve this refreshingly sweet side dish to your guests in separate cups you craft…from oranges! All you have to do is cut oranges in half, scoop out the fruit and fill the peel with the sweet potato mixture. It's a hit among our family and friends. —Melonie Bowers, Sugarcreek, Ohio
  • Total Time
    Prep: 30 min. Bake: 20 min.
  • Makes
    8 servings

Ingredients

  • 3 large sweet potatoes (2 to 2-1/2 pounds), peeled and cubed
  • 1 can (6 ounces) orange juice concentrate, thawed
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup half-and-half cream
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 3/4 cup miniature marshmallows
  • 1/4 cup chopped pecans
  • 4 large oranges, halved
  • 32 additional miniature marshmallows
  • Chopped pecans, toasted, optional

Directions

  • Place sweet potatoes in a large saucepan or Dutch oven; cover with water. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and cook just until tender, 25-30 minutes. Drain.
  • In a large bowl, beat the sweet potatoes, concentrate, sugar, cream and butter on low speed until smooth. Stir in 3/4 cup marshmallows and pecans; set aside.
  • Remove pulp from oranges, leaving a shell. (Discard pulp or save for another use.) Spoon sweet potato mixture into shells. Place four marshmallows on top of each.
  • Place in a greased 15x10x1-in. baking pan. Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 20 minutes or until heated through. If desired, top with toasted pecans.

Test Kitchen Tips
  • Sweet potato recipes like this one are excellent Christmas Eve dinner ideas. Pair sweet potatoes with grandma'sfavorite Christmas casseroles and your menu is just about complete.
  • Nutrition Facts
    1 serving: 401 calories, 7g fat (3g saturated fat), 11mg cholesterol, 51mg sodium, 83g carbohydrate (48g sugars, 9g fiber), 6g protein.

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    • Vicki Estes
      Jan 19, 2010

      We made these over the holidays, the kids loved them too, they were very light tasting.

    • goosefl
      Jan 2, 2010

      Very easy to make and the company we had for Christmas just raved about the presentation and the taste was refreshing. I gave out severl copies of the recipe.

    • hildyr79
      Nov 28, 2009

      These were absolutely yummy!

    • snagcat1995
      Nov 5, 2008

      I have been making this for years using some orange peel in the sweet potato mixture and some orange juice. If you heat the filling and fill the orange shells at the last minute, they only take enough time in the oven to melt the marshmallows. Be sure you oranges are the freshest you can obtain. Tip: Use the scooped out orange pulp for ambrosia, Yum!

    • patt6250
      Nov 3, 2008

      I made these once and the oil from the orange peel made the sweet potatoes very bitter What did I do wrong?