Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Brown Sugar and Butter Sweet Potato Cups

How cool would it have been if I had gotten that little meringue whip at the top to form a little heart?


Instead it's just a squiggle ... drat!  Next time (when I make these to impress family members for Thanksgiving) I will remember to be more precise.

Heart or no heart, these little potato cups are awesome.

They are the perfect serving size, kind of like a cupcake, and the brown sugar and butter make the mashed sweet potato decadent while the fluffy sweet meringue seals the deal.


Did I mention they are REALLY easy too?

My next sweet potato adventure will be to duplicate the cinnamon butter that Outback Steak House puts on their sweet potatoes. Has anyone ever had that? It's sooooooo good.

Shopping List (makes 4 small ramekins)
3 large sweet potatoes
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 stick butter
2 or 3 egg whites (depending how much meringue you want)
1/2 cup white sugar

Boil sweet potatoes in a large pot for a bout 20-30 minutes or until they are easy pierced with a fork. Remove from the pot and the skin should peel off easily. (Be careful not to burn yourself with the steam)

Slice potatoes into smaller pieces and mash with a potato masher. Add your brown sugar and butter. With an electric mixer beat on medium speed until they are smooth and combined.

Rinse your electric mixer parts and in a separate bowl add your egg whites. Whip on high with the mixer adding the white sugar one teaspoon at a time. Whip until soft white peaks form.

Place mashed sweet potato into the ramekins and top with meringue. Bake in oven at 400 degrees for 10 minutes or until the meringue browns at the top. Serve.

33 comments:

  1. Okay, so my husband will be thanking you! I love sweet potatoes and have them almost every night, but I cook them the same way every time - oven baked fries. Tonight, we will change it up and do these!

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  2. I just love these! At first, I thought that was marshmallow on top because the meringue is so perfect..hmmm. marshmallow would be good too. I'll have to remember this recipe come holiday time.

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  3. Mmmmm.. this looks absolutely divine! I love the toasted meringue topping, it's so elegant. :)

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  4. These sound amazing! I love that it's a new take on sweet potatoes. And why have I not made meringue for sweet potatoes yet?!!! YUM

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  5. I am so obsessed with sweet potatoes I have to try this it looks amazing!!

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  6. Yum! What a great way to make it feel like Thanksgiving every day. I love these Michelle!

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  7. These are perfect for the holidays. My family's taste for a lot of holiday food varies, so these individual portions can be made for those that enjoy sweet potatoes. I am one of them and I love how you topped these-genius. I will need to try this-yum!

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  8. mmm anything sweet potato makes me happy!

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  9. Its almost like a personal little sweet potato casserole. With the marshmallows on top. Mmmm. Now I want thanksgiving to be today. ha ha

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  10. What a great idea with meringue top:)

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  11. Thank goodness for the fall season if for no other reason than sweet potatoes dishes :)

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  12. Hi Michelle, did you use a 4oz or 6oz ramekin. Thank you.

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  13. Those look delicious and so cute in the ramekins!

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  14. Hi Tammy! They were 4.5 oz ramekins. Just like little cupcakes :)

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  15. I love sweet potatoes, they are so versatile! This looks like a wonderful recipe, they look so delicious :)

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  16. This seems like an absolutely great alternative to sweet potatoes and marshmallows for the holidays!

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  17. This looks like a great alternative to sweet potato pie! Love the heart too, it's very cute :)

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  18. What a GREAT alternative to do meringue on top of sweet potatoes instead of other toppings....brilliant!

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  19. I think they look perfect! I love the portion control of these! And the meringue idea is genius. I'm afraid my family's traditional favorite -- and they won't let go -- is a pecan streusel topped sweet potato. Still, I could make little ones for those purists and then . . . .

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  20. So I just stumbled across your blog and immediately loved it since my name is Michelle too! And I live in VA too, and have a blog! haha here's mine if you want to stalk me! :)

    http://littlethingsxoxo.blogspot.com/

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  21. sweet potato cup and marigue looks yummy for a noon dessert!!
    Congratz for the top 9! ;)

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  22. That looks adorable! And portion-control comes included, I love it. Perfect for the season, thanks for sharing. And congrats on Top 9!

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  23. I ADORE these, Michelle! I have a theory that everyone is happier when they have their very own portion - I love how cute and sweet/savory these are. Congrats on Top 9, lady!! :)

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  24. I cannot wait to try these for thanksgiving!

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  25. Michelle these are so adorable. You are so creative. Congrats on top 9!

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  26. These look so good. Love that meringue is used to top the dish too. This is a nice change from using marshmallows as a topping.

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  27. Buzzed and bookmarked. These look fabulous. I don't mind that the heart didn't happen...I'd have inhaled it so fast anyway I probably wouldn't have noticed :)

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  28. I will never think of serving sweet potatoes with meringue. Thanks for the idea.

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  29. These look incredible! Seriously delicious.
    xo
    http://allykayler.blogspot.com

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  30. Your husband is one lucky guy ;)

    Keep up the amazing fall recipes!

    http://lifeaccordingtojesarmstrong.blogspot.com/

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  31. ohmygoodness. those look amazing!! i need one. now.

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  32. Okay this looks so good, I will definitely give them a try :-)

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