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November 23, 2007



I make a really good Shepherd's pie using mashed sweet potatoes instead of regular. But that might be more trouble than what you have in mind. Colleen sent me to say hi!

East Coast Girl

Make them into sweet potato pie instead of pumpkin pie; or sweet potato cake, muffins, biscuits, or doughnuts (Gale Gand has a recipe for Ricotta Sweet Potato Beignets); maybe sweet potato pancakes, waffles, or fritters. How about sweet potato bread (instead of banana bread) with some raisins and/or nuts thrown in. Even sweet potato cheesecake, or sweet potato pudding.

If they were savory and not sweet, you could turn them into a cream soup or chowder; or a sweet potato gravy to serve over pork chops (Emeril Lagasse).

Go to the Food Network website, and search on sweet potato -- there are plenty of recipes to choose from.

East Coast Girl

Another possibility is a pumpkin pie alternative I discovered last year that you make with yellow cake mix sprinkled on top to give it a really nice crunch. Just substitute your sweet potatoes instead of the pumpkin. This has become a favorite in my house.

Pumpkin Pie Cake

Makes 12 servings

Prep: 20 minutes
Bake: 1 hour


1 29-ounce can pumpkin
1 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
4 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
3 eggs, well beaten

1-1/2 cups half-n-half or whipping cream
1 package 2-layer-size yellow cake mix, sifted
1 cup chopped nuts or toffee chips (optional)
1 cup butter or margarine, melted (2 sticks)


1. In a mixing bowl, combine the pumpkin, sugar, salt, and spice. Add eggs. Beat lightly until mixture is just combined.

2. Gradually stir in half-n-half / cream; mix well. Pour into a greased 13x9x2-inch baking pan.

3. Sprinkle or sift cake mix all over pumpkin mixture, covering evenly; sprinkle with nuts (if using). Drizzle with melted butter or margarine.

4. Bake in a 350 degree F oven for 1 to 1-1/4 hours or until edges are firm and center is almost set. Cool on wire rack. Store in the refrigerator. Makes 12 servings.


1. Though I prefer using half-n-half or cream, you can substitute a 12-oz. can of evaporated milk.

2. Also, if you do not have pumpkin pie spice, you can substitute using: 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon, 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg, and 1 teaspoon ground ginger.

3. As an alternative to chopped nuts, can use oatmeal, granola, or even rice crispies as a topping for added crunch.


They televise the Macy's parade ??? I would like to be in NY to see it sometime. I missed it by a few days on one of my seldom visits.

East Coast Girl

Found this recipe for Sweet Potato Pound Cake with Cranberry Walnut Streusel (made in a bundt pan) on Peabody's blog, and I thought I would pass it on -- as it sounds perfect for your leftover sweet potatoes.


The Misanthrope

What happened to the parade? When was the last year it was actually a parade rather than just a promo for Broadway and NBC TV shows?

Average Jane

In case anyone's wondering, I ended up making turkey pot pie with a mixture of mashed potato and sweet potato piped on top, a la Shepherd's Pie. It was quite tasty and used up all my leftovers!

Big Momma Pimpalishisness

Hot dogs and mac & cheese, seriously, one of my kid's favorite meals.

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