Maple Chili Sweet Potato Puree with Glazed Pecan Topping

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Sweet potato casseroles are on just about every Thanksgiving table. I’m not a big fan of the traditional version with the marshmallow topping. I like a crunchy topping with nuts. To offset the sweetness of the glazed pecans in this recipe, I added a bit of spice to the sweet potatoes. It’s an awesome combination and the crunchy topping adds texture. If you aren’t a fan of chipotle pepper, you can leave it out of the recipe. I actually make this recipe without it more than I do with it. I use the chipotle when I make this recipe to go with a grilled protein that uses Mexican flavors as the flavors work well together. If you leave it out, you may want to up the cayenne pepper to help balance the sweetness.

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Ingredients

Yield: 8-10 Servings

8 sweet potatoes, baked ¼ cup butter, room temperature 8 ounce container brown sugar cinnamon cream cheese, room temperature 1 chipotle pepper in adobo sauce, pureed (this is optional - just leave out if you don't like this flavor) 1/3 cup maple syrup 1 orange, zested and juiced ½ teaspoon salt ½ teaspoon pepper Dash of nutmeg Cayenne pepper to taste 1 cup chopped glazed pecans Instructions

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Spray a shallow baking dish with non-stick cooking spray. When the potatoes are cool enough to handle, cut in half and scoop the flesh into a mixing bowl. Add remaining ingredients, except the pecans, and mash together with a potato masher or handheld mixer. Taste and adjust seasoning if necessary. Spoon into prepared baking dish. Sprinkle with chopped pecans or arrange glazed pecan halves in a pattern over the sweet potatoes. Bake for 40 minutes.

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