Sweet Potato Balls

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Sweet Potato Balls Sweet Potato Balls

Servings: 4 to 6 servings
Prep Time: 5 min
Cook Time: 20 min
Difficulty: Easy

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4   large sweet potatoes
2/3 cup packed brown sugar
2 tablespoon orange juice
1 teaspoon orange zest
1/2 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
2 cup shredded coconut, sweetened
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1   large marshmallow per potato ball





Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. 

Bake the potatoes until tender, then peel and mash them. Stir in the brown sugar, orange juice, zest and nutmeg. In a separate bowl, toss the coconut with the sugar and cinnamon. Press mashed potatoes around each marshmallow, creating a 2 to 3-inch diameter ball. Roll the balls in the coconut mixture. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes. Watch carefully for the last few minutes of cooking; the expanding marshmallows can cause the potato balls to burst open. 

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I made these for Thanksgiving for the first time (with adjustments from other readers) and they came out great. I bought the skinny elongated sweet potatoes and they were sweet already so I only used abt 1/4 C of brown sugar to further sweeten the mix. I left out all the OJ and zests . I refrigerated it for abt an hour while doing other stuff so it would be easier to work with. I rolled half of them with pecans and the other half with sweetened coconut shreds. I baked them in aluminum foil baking cups in a cupcake pan. Only one busted slightly. Everyone loved them and thought it was a really neat way to serve sweet potatoes without the sloppy mess. Thank you Paula!

By Kandy on December 24, 2013


Trying something different this thanksgiving and decided on a Paula Deen inspired menu. I've never watched your show as I have no tv. Your magazine caught my eye and some internet access to more recipes. Hope they turn out as I hope. Thanks for the great recipes. Tammy

By Tammy on November 27, 2013


I'm going to make these this year, but can you make them ahead of time? Thank you for your help? Happy Thanksgiving! Diane

By DIANE C GREEN on November 24, 2013


what a fun way to get picky kids to eat sweet potatoes. This is a must try since someone just gave me a bag full of sweet potatoes.

By kathy isaacson scarbrough on November 23, 2013


PLAN ON MAKING THESE THIS THANKSGIVING, 2013. Watched the video and they look pretty simple to make. Love sweet potatoes !!!!!!

By Carla on November 08, 2013


Trailing all these receipes I don'know if there is enough time to cook all that I want to try. For sure is the cajun okra. Gimme a tissue,I'm drueling!!!!

By Ida Dohoney on September 09, 2013


Paula I love u no matter what's going on in your life!

By Lesa Batchelor on July 04, 2013


we like so much and we like see your cooking show .We watched it every day. And we thank you alot

By George Alanouf on October 31, 2012


Love these.

By Anonymous on June 02, 2012


For many, many years I have searched for this receipe. My deceased mother would painstakenly make these Sweet Potato Balls each year from Thanksgiving and Christmas, and at not other times. They were always such a delicious treat. She had never written down the receipe and I could not remember the exact ingredients. Thank you so much for sharing, and I will look forward to making this dish and hope that my grandchildren will enjoy them as much as I did during my childhood. Merry Christmas to you and all of your family and may God richly bless you during the New Year. Barbara Sigler Robinson

By barbara robinson on December 15, 2011


Dear Paula: I love watching you and going on the internet looking at all the different recipes and going in your store(online). I have been to Ladys and Sons and I had the opportunity to go to the store. I love Savannah and Paula Deen&Family;....

By sharon clark on November 30, 2011


Just a thank you, this was my sister's favorite recipe and she made it every year until she passed 10 years ago. I wanted to make it for my Mom this year and was so excited that I didn't have to fake it. Just a thanks for the great family fun recipes

By Debbie C on November 22, 2011


I'm new here and just saw this recipe! This one brings back good memories of homemaking in high school. We had a dinner in the evening for the school administration and made these. I never forgot how good they were. Will make them this Thanksgiving for my family. Thanks

By Janet Dean on November 21, 2011


For the most part this was easy, but I had a hard time getting the potato mixture to stick all around the marshmellow when rolling it. Did anyone else have that problem? I ended up cooking a batch in a muffin pan, which actually worked well. I'm thinking next time I'd put a little mixture in the muffin cup. Add the marshmellow. Then cover with potato mixture and sprinkle the topping. Any other ideas?

By mbovender on November 20, 2011


5 star===

By cherylparham on November 17, 2011


I made these and checked them after they were in the oven for 11 minutes. They had already burst open at that point. I took them out and even after they cooled they were mush. The flavor is great, but the texture just isn't practical or very appealing unless you are eating them with a spoon and some whipped creme or ice cream. Is there a missing ingredient? Am I just that clueless? I think they would be fabulous if I could get the potato coating to crisp up a bit. Could I add something to the potatoes like graham cracker, pancake mix, flour, or ginger snaps and an egg? Or maybe could I deep fry them for a second? What if I made them bite size with a mini marshmellow? Ideas?

By Shannon Acevedo on October 18, 2011


i need our reciepe for coconu balls made with vanillia waffers i missed par of it when you were on tv hankyou.

By fannie davis on September 26, 2011


Well, I haven't been on a picnic since my son ws in school and I was a shaparone. However, we only brought sandwiches, koolaid jammers, snack cake, gummies, and chips or cheese puffs. HOwever, when I was a little girl, we would have potatoe salad, bbq chicken, hotdogs, hamburgers, and beans. Then wash down with soft drinks or lemonaide. I love your show and watching you cook!!!

By Kathy Landry on July 14, 2011


By Derorah Richards on April 14, 2011


Hey Heather! If baking in the oven, the time will depend on the size of the potato, but usually around 45minutes to an hour. For a quicker version, pierce them with a fork and pop them in the microwave for 4-5 minutes, turning once halfway through.

By Libbie Summers, Senior Food Editor on April 02, 2011

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