Whipped Sweet Potatoes with Honey Roasted Pecans

2 pounds sweet potatoes
2 cups pecans
2 tablespoons honey
1 tablespoon butter (for nuts)
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup butter (for potatoes)
1/2 teaspoon salt (for potatoes)
1/3 cup brown sugar
Butter for topping if desired.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place sweet potatoes on a baking sheet, and bake until they are done. Medium sized sweet potatoes take about 40 to 45 minutes. Larger or smaller sweet potatoes cooking time will differ. Sweet potatoes are done when poked with a fork the fork will slide through the potato easily.

To make the nuts, melt the 2 tablespoons of honey, and the 1 tablespoon of butter together. Add 1/4 teaspoon of cinnamon and 1/4 teaspoon salt to the honey mixture. Pour the honey sauce over the pecans. Spread on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes. Stir the nuts several times while baking. Cook until golden brown.

To make the whipped sweet potatoes peel potatoes, and place into a mixing bowl. Add 1/2 cup butter, salt, and brown sugar. Use a mixer to whip the potatoes together.  You can either put them in 1 large casserole dish, or individual dishes per person and sprinkle with nuts and drizzle with melted butter then serve.

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