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Apricot-Pecan Sweet Potatoes

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INGREDIENTS

     

    (cooking time: 1 hr 5 min; 8 servings)

    • Sweet potatoes – 3 lb, peeled, coarsely chopped
    • Brown sugar – 1 cup, packed
    • Cornstarch – 5 tsps
    • Salt – ¼ tsp
    • Ground cinnamon – 1/8 tsp
    • Apricot nectar – 1 cup
    • How water – ½ cup
    • Orange peel – 2 tbsps, grated
    • Butter – 2 tbsps
    • Pecans – ½ cup, chopped
INSTRUCTIONS
    • Place sweet potatoes in a large pot of water; bring to boil over high heat. Turn heat down to medium-low, simmer for 20 minutes until tender. Drain, return to the cooker, let dry for a minute, set aside.
    • Meanwhile, pre-heat oven to 350°F/180°C/Gas Mark 4. Also oil a 9x13-inch baking dish.
    • In a sauce pan, mix sugar with water, cinnamon, salt, cornstarch, orange peel, and apricot nectar. Place over medium heat and bring to boil. Turn heat down to medium-low, let simmer for a couple of minutes while stirring. Once thickened, add butter and pecans, stir well.
    • Transfer sweet potatoes into the baking dish, top with the sauce to evenly cover the potatoes.
    • Bake for 25 to 30 minutes or until tender.