Baked Orange Sweet Potatoes
Our Favorite Sweet Potato Side Dish
If you're looking for a sweet potato side dish that's anything but ordinary, this easy recipe will definitely fit the bill. With its light, souffle-like texture and bright citrus flavor, it's bound to become a new favorite at your holiday get-togethers.
To make it you simply bake your sweet potatoes until tender, discard the skins and whip them together with eggs, butter, cream, fresh orange juice, zest and spices.
You can bake these whipped sweet potatoes either in a family-sized casserole or in individual ramekins like we have pictured here. This dish reheats well too, so it's an easy one to make ahead, and that makes it a great choice for holiday dinners and stress-free entertaining.
- 4 or 5 sweet potatoes (2 to 2-1/2 lbs)
- 1/2 stick unsalted butter, melted
- 1/4 cup freshly squeezed orange juice
- Zest of 1 orange
- 1/4 cup half-and-half or light cream
- 2 tablespoons triple sec (optional - see notes for substitution)
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- Freshly ground black pepper
- 2 large eggs
- Preheat the oven to 400°F. Place the potatoes on a baking sheet and bake until tender when pierced with a knife, about an hour. Remove from the oven and set aside until cool enough to handle.
- Lower the oven temperature to 350°F and butter a 9 x 9-inch baking dish (see notes below).
- Scoop the flesh of the sweet potatoes into a large bowl and discard the skins. Add the butter and beat with an electric mixer until smooth.
- Add the orange juice and zest, half-and-half, triple sec, cinnamon, nutmeg, salt and a few grinds of black pepper.
- Beat to combine, then taste and adjust the seasoning if necessary. Add the eggs and beat on medium-high speed until the mixture light and fluffy, 1-1/2 to 2 minutes.
- Transfer the sweet potato mixture to the prepared baking dish and smooth the top with a spatula. Cover and bake until puffed and slightly golden, about 25 to 35 minutes.
About the triple-sec:
Triple sec lends extra pungent orange flavor to this dish, but it can easily be omitted. To substitute, just add an extra 2 tablespoons of orange juice, or for a creamier version, 1 tablespoon of orange juice and 1 tablespoon of half-and-half.
About the baking dish:
You can also bake the sweet potatoes in individual 1-cup ramekins. Just cut the baking time by 10 to 12 minutes.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 171 Total Fat: 9g Saturated Fat: 5g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 3g Cholesterol: 67mg Sodium: 184mg Carbohydrates: 21g Net Carbohydrates: 0g Fiber: 3g Sugar: 8g Sugar Alcohols: 0g Protein: 4g