Sweet Potato Oranges
12 medium/large oranges
3 cups mashed, cooked sweet potatoes
1/4 cup white sugar
1/4 cup loosely packed light brown sugar
2 eggs, at room temperature, lightly beaten
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup butter, softened, divided
1 tablespoon grated orange peel
1 cup light brown sugar
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup (largely) chopped pecans
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
Prepare oranges by cutting tops off, 1/4 to 1/2 inch down. Spoon out the flesh, leaving a shell.
In a large bowl combine sweet potatoes, ľ cup white and brown sugar, eggs, vanilla extract, 1/2 cup butter and grated orange zest. Spoon mixture into orange shells. Place in a deep casserole dish.
In a small saucepan over medium heat, combine remaining 1/2 cup butter, brown sugar, flour and pecans. Cook until sugar dissolves in melted butter. Spoon over oranges. Fill casserole dish with water to reach 1/2 inch in depth.
Bake in preheated oven for 30 minutes.
Lisaís Notes: Taylor Buscemi, a college student took home first place at the 2013 NC State Fair Sweet Potato recipe contest with this creative side dish. Taylorís recipe can be found on her blog at this website:
My favorite part of this recipe is the light orange flavor.