Friday, November 6, 2009

Iron Chef ~ Mimi Style


OK, I guess technically this is Iron Chef, Heidi style, but hey it's my blog, right?

The awesome and beautiful queen of motherhood and sarcasm, Heidi of Sacred and Profane, hosts a monthly Iron Chef contest.

This month the category is Holiday Side Dishes. Well I have what I have been told is the best sweet potato recipe ever created and I, Mimi, am willing to share it with you, my faithful readers. Every Thanksgiving and Christmas I am required to make this recipe. My family doesn't even care if I show up, as long as I get the Sweet Potato Crisp to the dinner table on time.

Mimi's Famous Sweet Potato Crisp

1 8 oz. pkg. cream cheese, softened
1 40 oz. can cut sweep potatoes, drained
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
1/4 tsp. ground cinnamon
1 cup chopped apples (I usually use granny smith)
2/3 cup chopped cranberries (I usually used the Ocean Spray cranberry Crasins)
1/2 cup flour
1/2 cup old fashioned or quick oats, uncooked
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/3 cup margarine or butter
1/4 cup chopped pecans

Preheat over to 350 degrees.

Beat cream cheese, potatoes, 1/4 cup brown sugar and cinnamon in a large mixing bowl at medium speed until well blended.

Spoon into 1 1/2 quart casserole or 10 x 6 inch baking dish.

Top with apples and cranberries.

Stir together flour, oats and 1/2 cup brown sugar in medium bowl; cut in margarine or butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs.

Stir in pecans. Sprinkle over fruit.

Bake 35 to 40 minutes or until thoroughly heated.

Makes 8 servings.

*I ususally double this recipe and use my Kitchen Aid mixer to mix the cream cheese & potato mixture, then bake it in 2 dishes.

This is really a nice change from the usual sweet potato, marshmallow side dish.

Iron Chef Mimi, signing off!


Queenie Jeannie said...

I do not like sweet potatoes AT ALL, but Thomas does. I think I might make this for him this year!

You're such a doll!

BTW, Bella calmed down and promptly fell asleep on my chest!!!! That kid needs her sleep!

Diane said...

there are a few ingredients i'm a little weird about in this... but i would def try it!! in fact, i've made a personal vow to try more new foods this holiday season. i'm 37 years old for goodness sake! i need to get over this picky thing. i might find some new things i like!

Ricepatty said...

What a nice combination of flavors - that sounds delish! I may have to add that to my Thanksgiving table.

Joy said...

I am SO making this! Thank you Chef Mimi!

He & Me + 3 said...

My husband loves sweet potatoes I should try this for him.

heidi said...

You flatter me.

I like it.


You're all linked up! Thanks for entering. said...

I have to agree that this is probably the best sweet potato recipe I have ever heard! I will certainly have to try it and share with my best friend Judi who dearly loves sweet potatoes!

Amy said...

Wow... Look at you go...

blueviolet said...

OH yummy, yummy! I never thought about a crisp. Sounds so good.

Cheryl said...

I'm not a huge fan of sweet potatoes, but these sound pretty good. :-)

Joy said...

Pam, I'm making this today!

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