Bourbon Sweet Potatoes

I received this recipe from a friend when I lived in the Bay Area (San Francisco, California).


  • 4 pounds sweet potatoes or yams
  • 1/2 cup butter or margarine
  • 1/2 cup bourbon
  • 1/3 cup orange juice
  • 1/4 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon kosher or sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon apple pie spice
  • 1/3 cup chopped pecans


  1. Scrub the potatoes. Cook covered in boiling salted water to cover in a large saucepan about 35 minutes or until tender.
  2. Drain; cool slightly, then peel.
  3. Mash potatoes in large bowl.
  4. Add butter, bourbon, orange juice, brown sugar, salt and apple pie spice; beat until fluffy-smooth.
  5. Spoon into a buttered 6-cup baking dish. Sprinkle nuts around edge.
  6. Bake at 350 degrees F for 45 minutes or until lightly browned.

From the kitchen of Lula Hayden, California

From the Family Recipes Collection of Linda Jolly and Lisa Stephens.

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