I like to find new side dishes to incorporate into our Thanksgiving dinner.  A few years ago, my son asked me why we always serve the same things for holidays, and it really got me thinking…  because we were stuck on a menu and never changed things up!  So I decided to come up with new ways to serve our favorite Thanksgiving sides. (I’m making these for Christmas, too!)

This year, I am serving Candied Sweet Potato Bites.  They are so easy to make, and delicious!

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We are replacing our traditional sweet potato dish with these bites, and it’s a win-win because I’m getting my kids in the kitchen to help out! (One less thing Mom and Dad have to do!)                sweet potato bites 

Candied Sweet Potato Bites

Yields: 2 dozen

INGREDIENTS
2 sweet potatoes
2 Tablespoon canola or olive oil
2 teaspoons kosher salt
1/3 cup honey
1/3 cup brown sugar
1/3 cup pecans – finely chopped
12 large marshmallows – sliced in half
24 pecan halves

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DIRECTIONS
1.   Preheat oven to 400°. Spray 2 baking sheets with a nonstick coating and set aside.

2.  Slice 12 marshmallows in half and set aside. (You might find it easier to use a clean pair of kitchen shears to cut through each marshmallow).

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3.  Peel the skin from the sweet potatoes and cut into 1/2 inch slices.  Place the slices in a large mixing bowl and toss evenly with the oil.

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4.  Place the sweet potatoes on the coated baking sheets and drizzle with the kosher salt.

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5.  Bake for 10 minutes. Flip and bake for another 10 minutes.

6.  Remove from oven and drizzle each sweet potato slice with honey, brown sugar and chopped pecans.

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7.  Top each piece off with a marshmallow half and low broil for 3-4 minutes or until the marshmallows begin to puff up and turn brown.

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8.  Remove from oven and immediately place a pecan half on each marshmallow.

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9.   Serve warm and ENJOY!

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