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Sweet Potato Creme Brulee



10 servings


2 large sweet potatoes
1 3/4 cups sugar, divided
1/2 cup sour cream
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
3 cups whipping cream
1 vanilla bean
1 tablespoon vanilla
12 egg yolks


1. Bake sweet potatoes in center of 325º F oven until tender, about 1 hour. Peel sweet potatoes and puree until smooth. Combine sweet potato puree, 1/4 cup sugar, sour cream and lemon juice; mix well.

2. Butter 10 (7-ounce) ramekins; sprinkle with sugar. Spoon 1/4-inch layer of sweet potato mixture (about 3 tablespoons) into ramekins. Set ramekins in 9 x 13 x 2-inch baking dish; set aside.

3. In saucepan, combine whipping cream, 3/4 cup sugar and vanilla bean. Bring to a boil, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat; and stir in vanilla. Mix egg yolks with remaining 3/4 cup sugar. Blend hot cream into egg yolk mixture.

4. Fill ramekins with egg mixture. Place in center of oven at 325º F. Pour enough hot water into baking dish to come halfway up sides of ramekins. Bake 55 minutes or until knife inserted near the center comes out clean. Remove ramekins from water to a wire rack and cool. Chill in refrigerator.

5. To make decorative golden sugar garnish: Heat additional 1/2 cup sugar in heavy small skillet over medium heat until melted. Drizzle sugar onto lightly buttered baking sheet with a fork. Let stand until cook. Break into large pieces.

6. At serving time, sprinkle ramekins with sugar if desired, place under broiler to brown sugar; garnish with golden sugar pieces.

Editor’s Note: For the more elaborate presentation you see here, you may need to transfer to parfait glasses after cooking, and use a cooking torch to brown the sugar.


Recipe courtesy of NC Sweet Potato Council and Chef Warren Stephens

Forget the newest trendy stuffing, and the imaginative use of Kale chips. For the Thanksgiving feast, many of us want old, familiar comfort foods that have graced our tables for decades. A brief, non-scientific survey among my friends found almost universal agreement – marshmallow-topped sweet potato casserole is near the top of everyone’s list.

In the Carolinas, we’re beginning to see roadside stands filled with these starchy goodies. As you’re leading up to the big day, don't leave out the casserole, but vow to jump out of your comfort zone and try something familiar – yet exotic.

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