Mashed Yams in Orange Cups

Makes 18 servings.

This recipe was submitted by friend-of-Calvin Valerie Upham and her realty group.

  • Ingredients:
    • 6 lb. large yams (red-skinned sweet potatoes)
    • 3/4 cup marshmallow creme
    • 9 tbsp. butter at room temperature
    • 6 tbsp. maple syrup
    • 3 large eggs
    • 9 large oranges
    • Additional marshmallow creme
    • 36 pecan halves
  • Instructions:
    • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
    • Pierce each yam all over with a fork. Working in 2 batches, cook yams in microwave 15 minutes. Turn yams over: cook until tender, about 12 minutes longer.
    • Cut yams in half, scoop pulp into a bowl. Add marshmallow creme, butter, and syrup. Mash until smooth. Season with salt and pepper. Whisk in eggs. (This step can be made 1 day ahead. Cover and chill if doing so.)
    • Cut thin slice from top to bottom of each orange to make flat surfaces. Cut oranges in half, scoop out pulp, reserve for another use. Place orange cups on 2 baking sheets.
    • Divide yam mixture equally among cups. Top each with dollop of marshmallow creme and 2 pecan halves. Bake until beginning to brown, about 30 minutes.
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