Banana-Orange Sweet Potato Bake

Welcome fall with this simple side dish. It’s a pleasant change of pace from the traditional casserole with marshmallows, and it’s quite popular at potlucks. —Joan Hallford, North Richland Hills, Texas

10 servings

Ingredients

5 medium sweet potatoes (about 3 pounds), peeled and cubed
2/3 cup packed brown sugar
3 tablespoons butter
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1/8 teaspoon pepper
2 teaspoons grated orange zest
1/3 cup orange juice
1/4 cup orange liqueur, optional
3 medium ripe bananas, mashed
2 large eggs, lightly beaten

Toppings:

1/2 cup granola cereal
1/2 cup chopped pecans, toasted
1/4 cup sweetened shredded coconut, toasted
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1/4 cup butter, melted

Directions

Preheat oven to 350F. Place sweet potatoes in a large Dutch oven; add water to cover. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cook, covered, just until tender, 12-15 minutes. Drain; cool slightly. Return to pan; mash with brown sugar, butter, salt, cloves and pepper until smooth. Stir in orange zest, orange juice and, if desired, liqueur. Add bananas and eggs; mix well. Transfer to a greased 2-qt. baking dish.

For topping, mix granola, pecans, coconut and brown sugar; sprinkle over sweet potatoes. Drizzle with melted butter. Bake, uncovered, until heated through, 35-45 minutes.
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