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TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 1-1/4 hours
MAKES: 8 servings


  • 4 large sweet potatoes (about 3-1/2 pounds)
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 2 teaspoons minced fresh gingerroot
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/3 cup chopped pecans, toasted


  1. Place sweet potatoes on a foil-lined baking sheet. Bake at 375° for 1 hour or until tender. Cool.
  2. Cut potatoes in half. Scoop out the pulp into a bowl; discard potato skins. Mash potatoes. Add the syrup, ginger, salt and cayenne; mix well. Fold in cranberries. Set aside 1-2 tablespoons pecans for topping. Stir remaining pecans into potato mixture.
  3. Transfer to a greased 1-1/2-qt. baking dish. Sprinkle with reserved pecans. Bake, uncovered, at 375° for 15-20 minutes or until heated through. Yield: 8 servings.
Originally published as New England Sweet Potatoes in Taste of Home's Holiday & Celebrations Cookbook Annual 2004, p127

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