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Sweet Potato and Carrot Casserole

Sweet Potato-Carrot Casserole
Cooked carrots add smooth texture and extra flavor to this comfort food favorite. Serve this classic holiday casserole any time of year and expect rave reviews. Top with marshmallows and spicy-sweet pecans.

Hands-on: 40 Minutes
Total: 3 Hours, 40 Minutes
Makes 8 to 10 servings

Ingredients
6 large sweet potatoes (about 5 lb.)
1 1/2 pounds carrots, sliced
1/4 cup butter
1 cup sour cream
2 tablespoons sugar
1 teaspoon lemon zest
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
1 1/2 cups miniature marshmallows
1 cup Sugar-and-Spice Pecans


Preparation
1. Preheat oven to 400°. Bake sweet potatoes on an aluminum foil-lined 15- x 10-inch jelly-roll pan 1 hour or until tender. Reduce oven temperature to 350°. Cool potatoes 30 minutes.

2. Meanwhile, cook carrots in boiling water to cover 20 to 25 minutes or until very tender; drain.

3. Process carrots and butter in a food processor until smooth, stopping to scrape down sides as needed. Transfer carrot mixture to a large bowl.

4. Peel and cube sweet potatoes. Process, in batches, in food processor until smooth, stopping to scrape down sides as needed. Add sweet potatoes to carrot mixture. Stir in sour cream and next 5 ingredients, stirring until blended. Spoon mixture into a lightly greased 13- x 9-inch baking dish.

5. Bake at 350° for 30 minutes or until thoroughly heated. Remove from oven. Sprinkle with marshmallows. Bake 10 more minutes or until marshmallows are golden brown. Remove from oven, and sprinkle with Sugar-and-Spice Pecans.
Note: To make ahead, prepare recipe as directed through Step 4; cover and chill up to 24 hours. Remove from refrigerator, and let stand 30 minutes. Proceed with recipe as directed in Step 5.

Sugar-and-Spice Pecans

INGREDIENTS:
1 lb pecan halves
1 teaspoon salt
½ tsp ground cumin
½ tsp cayenne pepper
½ teaspoon cinnamon
1 cup sugar
1 egg white
1 tablespoon water


DIRECTIONS:  Beat the egg white and water until frothy but not stiff.
Stir in the sugar, salt, and the rest of spices.
Add the pecans and stir well until the pecans are completely coated.
Spread the nuts on a large baking sheet and bake at 200 degree Fahrenheit for 45 minutes, stirring every 15 minutes.
Remove them from the oven when dry and toasted.
When cool, store in an airtight container.  You’ll want to save some for snacking!

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