And now for something completely different…an Emeril Lagasse special holiday recipe made paleo and dairy-free for my paleo peeps!
I’ve got to give full credit to the “kick it up a notch” celebrity chef for coming up with this novel and elegant way to serve what may be some of the best whipped sweet potatoes you’ve ever tasted!
My hubby actually stumbled across Emeril’s original recipe, but he thought there was no way I could make this one paleo.
I took a look and it was loaded with brown sugar, heavy cream and a stick of butter…you can check out the recipe here: Brandy and Orange-Mashed Sweet Potatoes in Orange Cups
Well I love a challenge – and whipped sweet potatoes! – so I went to work on it. I’ve got to confess, it wasn’t all that hard to change this one around to a much healthier paleo and dairy-free version while keeping all its great spicy fall flavors.
I can see how this dish could easily start a new Thanksgiving tradition at your house. I’m sure people will “ohhh” and “ahhh” when you serve these sweet potato cups hot out of the oven. (I’m planning to make these for my boys when they come home for the holidays – I know they’ll love them!)
When these cups are baking in the oven, they’ll literally fill every corner of your home with the aroma of orange and cinnamon…and make you want to dive into these even more!
These are so amazing, your guests won’t even care that they’re paleo and gluten-free.
Serve these and the only downside is your guests will expect these to be on your holiday table every year!
This is a really simple recipe, and honestly, the most difficult thing about it is hollowing out the oranges.
Yep, you’ve got to scoop out all the fruit (which you’ll use to make the juice) right down to the rind…otherwise the juice would seep into the sweet potatoes and make them pretty soggy.
If however you want to skip the orange cups altogether, you can also bake the sweet potato mixture in lightly greased ramekins. But you’ll still need oranges for the juice and the zest.
Oh, and the little bit of brandy the recipe calls for is optional – I really couldn’t taste it (maybe I should’ve added more!) but whether to include it or not is entirely up to you.
I hope you enjoy this special paleo sweet potato recipe courtesy of Emeril with a slight detour through the Paleo Newbie kitchen!