Admittedly, I am not a huge fan of sweet potatoes. However, my Momma is visiting for Thanksgiving this year and I know sweet potatoes are one of her favorite Thanksgiving side dishes. So, I decided go a little fancy with this Fondant Sweet Potatoes with Toasted Marshmallows recipe. The sweet potatoes are super crispy on the outside, and words cannot even describe the texture on the outside. A definite must-try!
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WHAT ARE FONDANT POTATOES
As mentioned above, this is where the fancy comes in. Well, kinda. Fondant potatoes is a French cooking technique or method of preparing potatoes. In this case, sweet potatoes. Potatoes are cut into a cylindrical shape, browned on both sides, then transferred to a hot oven and roasted with stock, butter and quite often, fresh herbs.
Once you have a taste of these Fondant potatoes, you will understand why they are often referred to as “melting potatoes.” Seriously, once you try this recipe for Fondant Sweet Potatoes with Toasted Marshmallows, you will understand why this term is used. Upon roasting, the sweet potatoes will absorb the hot broth while maintaining their integrity on the outside. Truly, an unbelievable culinary experience.
WHAT KIND OF POTATOES FOR FONDANT
Honestly, a russet, or Idaho potato will work beautifully. However, for this amazing side dish recipe, we will be substituting with sweet potatoes.
WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN SWEET POTATOES AND YAMS
Did you know that what you really thought were yams, probably were not? Truth is, the term yams and sweet potatoes have been used interchangeably, or maybe even in the wrong way for a long time. So, that orange root vegetable that everyone is telling you is a yam…it’s really a sweet potato!
Although yams can be found in the international grocery section of some grocery stores, they are really more scare than you may think. Test me…go on to your local market and see if you can spot one.
Just because the names are used to refer to either variety, yams and sweet potatoes are NOT even related, and are not good substitutes for one another in recipes.
FIRM AND SOFT SWEET POTATOES
These Fondant Sweet Potatoes were made using the softer variety of sweet potatoes (this is the one often referred to as a yam in most grocery stores). The whiter variety of sweet potato has a firm flesh and are usually paler in color. I have not tested out this sweet potato recipe using the firmer potatoes. If you do, let me know!
TIPS ON MAKING THE BEST FONDANT SWEET POTATOES WITH TOASTED MARSHMALLOWS AND MAPLE BUTTER WALNUTS
The BEST tip I can give you about making this fabulous sweet potato dish, is to use a cast iron pan! The cast iron pan easily transfers to the oven for roasting and easily creates the most perfect crust on the sweet potatoes. So, call this a one-pan wonder side dish! Here are a few more tips to ensure these Fondant Sweet Potatoes with Toasted Marshmallows and Maple Butter Walnuts comes out perfectly, every single time:
- cut the sweet potatoes in even, cylindrical pieces
- use a cast iron pan, if possible
- get a nice brown on both sides of the potatoes before pouring in the stock
- stock should be heated
- keep a close eye on the marshmallows under the broiler…they can burn really quickly (as an alternative, use a kitchen torch)
- allow the walnut mixture to thicken…but not too much (should be pourable)
- cover the sweet potato stacks with the maple butter nut mixture upon serving
LEFTOVER SWEET POTATOES
Store leftover fondant sweet potatoes sans the maple butter walnut mixture in a sealed container in the fridge for up to four days. The sweet marshmallow treats can be reheated easily in the oven, or microwave. Freezing is not recommended given the delicate texture of the sweet potato.Print
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