I am planning on making these for the first time this Thanksgiving. I saw that it feeds 4-6... anyone know about how many balls this makes? I have to make for a large family gathering.
Sweet potato balls were a big thing in the 1960s-1970s, but later seemed to disappear from the scene. I'm glad Paula brought them back with this tweaked up recipe. Back in the day, ladies rolled the balls in graham cracker crumbs, coconut, or chopped nuts. It's a personal choice. Thanks for posting this recipe. It's going on my Thanksgiving menu.
For years I have put a variety of sweet potato dishes on the Thanksgiving menu. My daughter saw Paula making these and thought we ought to give them a try. We semi-pureed them in the food processor (gave them a nice texture, but may have made them a bit thin to work with). After struggling with encasing the marshmallow we came up with a great idea--fill a 1/4 cup ice cream scoop part way with sweet potato mixture, press in marshmallow and then spoon more sweet potato mixture over top to cover; tip into coconut mixture and roll to cover. It work great! Everyone loved these! Nice and light--even good at room temperature or cold.
These were great! I'm not usually a fan of sweet potatoes but I loved these. I saw Paula's Thanksgiving show and wanted to make some for Thanksgiving but I couldn't find the recipe on Food Network. I'm so glad you posted them! The only thing I may change would be adding a little less O.J. They were a little too runny to form into a good ball. The O.J. added good flavor but I may try just 1 tbsp next time. Thanks for posting!
Made these for Thanksgiving;"delicious" but too sweet....need to cut the sugars a bit! Enjoy...easy to make. Watch them the last few minutes so they do not pop open...as soon as you see a hint of oozing marshmallow....remove them from the oven and serve them. Mmmm so good.
This recipe is very easy and the results were amazing! We first saw it on Paula Deen's Cooking show. It has become a family favorite. Note: For people who don't like coconut, you can also use chopped peacns for a varity of color and the presentation is an extra nice touch. Alos note: Don't over cook the last step or the marshmellos will burst.
Really good! I had to make a last minute sub, so am not giving stars since it affected my results. I realized on Thanksgiving that my large bag of fresh sweet potatoes did not make it home from the grocery store, so I was forced to use 2 cans of organic sweet potato puree (pretty good, by the way). I still gave the balls the old college try, but ended up with flat little nest-looking things that we scraped off the sheet. They tasted great but were ugly. This could also be baked in a casserole with great results. I worried this recipe would be too sweet but it was just right, and sweet potatoes can be tricky since they're usually too icky sweet or too bland. A fun recipe, and a great way to get kids involved in Thanksgiving dinner. I look forward to making these again! Thanks for sharing the recipe!