This is the perfect sweet potato side dish for the holidays. It is very simple to prepare and looks and tastes like you spent a long time on it. Trust me, this will be the talk of the table with your family and friends. You can also prepare and freeze them up to 3 weeks, just place on a pan and completely thaw, then bake for 30 minutes.


Recipe Summary

15 mins
45 mins
15 mins
1 hr 15 mins
4 sweet potatoes


Original recipe yields 4 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Instructions Checklist
  • Wash sweet potatoes and pierce each one a few times using a sharp knife. Place in a microwave oven and cook for 6 minutes.

  • Preheat the oven to 225 degrees F (110 degrees C).

  • Carefully remove sweet potatoes from the microwave oven and wrap each in aluminum foil. Place pecans on an oven-proof plate.

  • Place sweet potatoes in the back of the preheated oven and pecans in the front. Bake until pecans are toasted, 15 to 30 minutes.

  • Meanwhile, melt butter in a skillet over medium heat. Add apple, raisins, and cranberries and cook for 3 minutes. Stir in brown sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg and cook 1 minute more. Remove from heat.

  • Remove sweet potatoes from oven and let sit for 15 to 20 minutes. Leave oven on.

  • Cut sweet potatoes in half lengthwise, scoop pulp into a large bowl, and mash using a potato masher. Add apple mixture and stir until blended. Spoon mixture into sweet potato shells and top with pecans. Place onto a baking sheet.

  • Bake in the hot oven for 20 to 30 minutes.

Cook's Note:

For lower sugar, use 1/4 cup sugar-free maple syrup.

Nutrition Facts

710 calories; protein 6.8g; carbohydrates 98.9g; fat 35.3g; cholesterol 40.7mg; sodium 243.4mg. Full Nutrition