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4 pounds sweet potatoes
1/2 cup pecans, chopped
5 tablespoons butter
1/2 cup dark-brown sugar
2 teaspoons grated orange rind
3/4 cup blended citrus juice
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons vanilla


Place oven rack in top third of oven. Heat to 400 degrees. Place potatoes in shallow baking pan. Bake in top third of oven until tender, 50 to 55 minutes. Let cool; peel Toast pecans in small skillet until slightly browned, 6 minutes. Slice potatoes 3/4 inch thick. Melt butter in skillet. Add sugar; increase heat, stirring, until foamy, 3 minutes. Add rind, juice, nutmeg, and salt; cook to thicken, 4 minutes. Add potatoes; toss until glazed, 4 minutes. Remove from heat. Add vanilla. Top with pecans.

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