Friday, February 3, 2012

Sweet Potato Balls

4 large sweet potatoes
2/3 cup packed brown sugar
2 tablespoons orange juice
1 tsp orange zest
1/2 tsp freshly grated nutmeg
2 cups shredded coconut, sweetened
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1 large marshmallow per potato ball

preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Bake the potatoes until tender, then peel and mash them. Stir in the brown sugar, orange juice, orange zest and nutmeg. In a separate bowl, toss the coconut with the sugar and cinnamon. Press mashed potatoes around each marshmallow, creating a 2-3 inch diameter ball. Roll the balls in the coconut mixture. Bake for 15-20 minutes. Watch carefully for the last few minutes of cooking because the expanding marshmallows can cause the potato balls to burst open.

*You can also use an ice cream scooper to scoop out the balls then roll them in the coconut mixture then bake for same time rather than wrapping it around a large marshmallow.--- see picture.

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