This feels very un-American to admit, but Thanksgiving has never been my favorite holiday. I will ALWAYS love getting together with family around a dinner table sharing a meal, however, Thanksgiving food has never been that appealing to me. There were many years when I was younger that my Thanksgiving dinner plate consisted of only mashed potatoes while everyone else's was piled high with a variety of food. A few years ago, Larry and I hosted a Thanksgiving cocktail party where we converted all of the elements from a Thanksgiving meal into small bite-size options. It was so much fun! We made this recipe along with many others and it was a huge hit with our guests. These are easy with not much prep, super fun to make and even more fun to eat! Ingredients:
3 large or 4-5 medium sweet potatoes, peeled
2 tbsp of melted butter
1 tbsp of maple syrup (we're partial to Corey's Maple Syrup)
1 (10-oz) bag of marshmallows
1/2 cup of pecan halves
Preheat your oven to 400 degrees; while the oven is preheating, peel and slice your sweet potatoes into 1/4" thick rounds
In a medium bowl, toss your sliced sweet potato rounds with the melted butter and maple syrup; arrange on a large baking sheet and season with salt (optional)
Bake until sweet potatoes are fork tender; approximately 20 minutes, but flipping halfway through. Remove baking sheet from oven and switch oven to broil; top each sweet potato round with a marshmallow (tip: I added parchment paper underneath the sweet potato rounds for this step for an easier cleanup after)
Broil the sweet potato rounds until the marshmallows are puffed and golden (if you like the marshmallows on the darker side like us, you can leave them on broil for a bit longer); once you remove from the oven, top each marshmallow with a pecan half immediately and serve.
These sweet potato bites are always a crowd pleaser when I make them, and the first appetizer to go at a party. Let me know what you think if you try making these yourself. I'd love to see pictures!