Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Holiday recipe: Cognac baked sweet potatoes

Posted By on Tue, Dec 22, 2009 at 2:00 PM

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Sally Calvin, the doyenne of Widgeonwood Farm in Columbia, Missouri (which she operates with her manly hunter husband David) is best known in Kansas City for her Saturday-only outdoor market, Widgeonwood in the Village, held in the courtyard of Prairie Village Shopping Center from early spring to mid-October. Last Saturday Sally hosted her annual holiday market, selling her jams, jellies, baking mixes, syrups, salsas and gift items -- and copies of 2004's Widgeonwood: Finally the Cookbook, which includes a recipe for sweet potatoes baked in cognac. "Do not let me catch you melting marshmallows on top of this wonderful creation!" Calvin warns.

The recipe follows.

Cognac Baked Sweet Potatoes

Six medium sweet potatoes, baked, peeled and cut into 1/4-inch clices

One cup orange juice

1/2 cup dark brown sugar

Two tablespoons cornstarch

Two teaspoons salt

One teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg

1/4 cup fresh lemon juice

1/2 cup cognac

Directions: Layer the potato slices in a buttered shallow baking dish. In a small saucepan add the orange juice, sugar, cornstarch, salt and nutmeg and cook over medium high heat, stirring constantly until just slightly thickened. Add the lemon juice and cognac. Pour the cognac sauce evenly over the sliced potatoes. Cover with foil and bake in a 375-degree oven for 30 minutes.

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