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Maple-orange mashed sweet potatoes with toasted pecans

4 pounds sweet potatoes

1/4 cup chopped pecans

1/4 cup orange juice concentrate

1/4 cup maple syrup

Salt and ground black pepper, to taste

Makes 8 servings.

Heat the oven to 400 degrees.

Scrub and dry the sweet potatoes. Pierce each potato several times with the tip of a knife. Bake the potatoes for 40 to 60 minutes, or until tender, turning the potatoes once.

Meanwhile, in a small, dry skillet over medium-low heat, toast the chopped pecans, stirring often, until lightly browned and fragrant, 3 to 5 minutes. Transfer to a plate and set aside.

Let the sweet potatoes cool enough to handle. Split each and scoop the flesh into a large mixing bowl. Discard the skins.

In a small saucepan over medium, heat the orange juice concentrate and maple syrup until hot.

Mash the sweet potatoes using a potato masher. Stir in the orange juice concentrate and maple syrup, then season with salt and pepper. Transfer to a serving bowl and sprinkle with the reserved toasted pecans.

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