Yams or sweet potatoes are a wonderful side dish for any meal. This sweet potato recipe is so delicious it’s hard to decide whether it’s for dinner or dessert. The potatoes are cooked, then mixed with a tasty mixture of spices and topped with delicious marshmallow-like meringue. You will love this!
Yams and sweet potatoes really aren’t the same thing. Yams are native to Africa and are from a totally different family of plants. In the United States, sweet potatoes are what we usually get in the stores.
The nutritional value of sweet potatoes makes you want to include them in your diet on a regular basis. Filled with Vitamin A, potassium, beta carotene, and fiber, as well as a slew of other vitamins and minerals, it’s hard to find a more perfect food.
Sweet Potatoes with Meringue Recipe
Ingredients for Sweet Potatoes with Meringue:
- 4 medium-sized sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into chunks
- 2 eggs
- 4 tablespoons brown sugar (packed)
- ½ tsp. cinnamon
- ¼ tsp. nutmeg
- 2 tablespoons butter, melted
- 1 cup milk
- 1 tsp. vanilla
- ½ tsp. salt
- 3 egg whites
- 1/8 tsp. crème of tartar
- ½ tsp. vanilla
- 6 tablespoons white sugar
Directions for making Sweet Potatoes with Meringue:
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and oil a 9-inch square baking dish.
For the meringue: In a large mixing bowl, put the egg whites, crème of tartar, and vanilla – do not mix – set aside. (The egg whites will whip better if they warm to room temperature.)
Place the sweet potato chunks in a saucepan, fill ½ full with water, and boil until tender. Drain. Mash well with a potato masher.
Whisk the eggs, brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, butter, milk, vanilla, and salt in a bowl until frothy. Add to the sweet potatoes and mash together until blended.
Put the sweet potato mixture into the prepared baking dish. Bake at 350 degrees for 35 – 40 minutes. Remove from the oven.
Whip together with an electric mixer the egg whites, crème of tartar, and vanilla until soft peaks form. While continuing to mix, add the sugar a little at a time. Keep whipping together until peaks form (when picking up the beaters from the mixture).
Pipe the meringue on the sweet potato mixture or spread it on, creating peaks. Bake at 350 degrees for 10 – 12 minutes or until the peaks are lightly browned. Let sit for 15 minutes, cut into squares and serve.