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Mashed Sweet Potatoes in Fillo Shells with Candied Pecan

Phyllo Shells with Mashed Sweet Potatoes and candied pecans

Mashed Sweet Potatoes in Fillo Shells with Candied Pecan

Among the treasures of Thanksgiving are the time honored foods we embrace as memorable favorites, those continually prepared traditional dishes lovingly shared between families and friends.

This festive holiday also enables us a special time when we pause for that fleeting brief moment to give thanks for the many blessings that we have in our lives, much in part, joy celebrated over an abundant meal.

Longstanding American favorites often include a large golden browned turkey whose seasoned scents wafts for hours throughout our households while roasting,

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varied bread stuffing carefully tended by its history, perhaps a recipe of Mom’s, or an extended family or regional favorite,

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buttery mashed potatoes, a tureen of rich brown gravy prepared from the drippings, maybe an old fashioned green bean casserole, along with any among the diverse versions of bright orange colored sweet potatoes, representing just a few among the traditional favorites  gracing the table upon this feast of plenty. 


Still, while many of the basic food ingredients associated with Thanksgiving continue to endure, the portions have gradually evolved to folks opting for a bit less on the plate (well, all except the stuffing that is, for almost no one wants less stuffing, right?)

Lots of folks favor the side dishes at the Thanksgiving table, while others focus on the turkey and its trimmings, but all combined, one thing most everyone seems more interested in these days are smaller bites. You know, just a sample, a taste of this or a taste of that.


While I’m a huge mashed sweet potato lover, and sweet potatoes are a tradition must on my Thanksgiving table, still, turkey and trimmings considered, its not the dish I’m angling for huge amounts of at the feast, nor are most of my guests, so this year I’ve decided to switch it up a bit, keeping the sweet potato tradition but serving it in simple bites that is, Mashed Sweet Potatoes in Fillo Shells with Candied Pecan.


These small bites are delicious, super easy to make, and look so pretty on the table too. Simply use a large star decorating tip and pipe your favorite recipe of mashed sweet potatoes right into the frozen phyllo cups. “mini fillo shells” made by the food company, Athen’s,  are generally located nearby the puff pastry in the frozen food section of the supermarket.

Arrange a half piece of candied pecan decoratively onto the side and pop them into the oven around fifteen minutes before serving time until hot and crisped.

And there you have it, a creative way to continue honoring from among enduring old fashioned recipes of tradition, those shared between family and friends at the Thanksgiving table now offered in the modern sampling of little bites, a taste of this, and a taste of that, a blessing even in smaller portions for which we can all still be grateful.                                                       

Mashed Sweet Potatoes in Fillo Shells with Candied Pecan

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 1 hour

Total Time: 1 hour, 15 minutes

Category: Veggies

Yield: 15

Mashed Sweet Potatoes in Fillo Shells with Candied Pecan


  • 2 large sweet potatoes (yams)
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • couple generous pinches coarse kosher salt
  • a few grinds cracked black pepper
  • 1 package Athens brand Mini Fillo Shells (15 to a package)
  • For the Pecans:
  • 8-10 whole pecans broke in half lengthwise
  • 1 teaspoon butter
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • generous pinch sea salt
  • 15 small pieces of parsley for garnish


  1. Preparing the Sweet Potatoes (yams): Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Fork holes all about each sweet potato and set onto an aluminum foil lined baking sheet, roast sweet potatoes until soft throughout, around 40 minutes, remove from oven, cool to the touch, remove the skins, then transfer into a bowl and mash with butter, season with salt and pepper
  2. Preparing the Candied Pecans: In a small pan on low heat, melt the butter with the sugar, add in the sea salt, stir, then add in the pecans, continue cooking and stirring until the mixture caramelizes, around four or five minutes.Transfer pecans to a parchment lined baking sheet and cool to room temperature
  3. Assembling the Mashed Sweet Potatoes in Fillo Shells: Using a large star tip decorator, pipe mashed sweet potatoes into the fillo cups. Set a candied pecan into the top side of each filled fillo cup, bake around fifteen minutes or a bit longer until hot and shell is crispy, Garnish with a small piece of parsley leaf


Recipe may be doubled using 2 packages of Athens brand Mini Fillo Shells found in the frozen food section at the supermarket


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  1. Posted November 6, 2015 at 5:18 pm | Permalink

    What a great holiday appetizer. I love sweet potatoes. This sounds like something I would really like.
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    • Posted November 7, 2015 at 4:33 pm | Permalink

      Hi Kelly, thanks much. Hope you are enjoying Blanche, and identical drove by me at Giant supermarket the other day, nice.

  2. remyasean
    Posted November 6, 2015 at 10:14 pm | Permalink


  3. Posted November 8, 2015 at 4:49 pm | Permalink

    Wow – this sounds like dessert!
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    • Posted November 9, 2015 at 9:14 am | Permalink

      Hi Phil, I know, right. Just simple mashed sweet potatoes, ‘just enough’ for enough for a small taste- and for me- leaving more room for the stuffing!

  4. TheKitchenLioness
    Posted November 9, 2015 at 11:30 am | Permalink

    Dear Peggy, I think if I were to spend Thanksgiving in the US, I would just come over for dinner at your place. Absolutely everything looks utterly delicious but these appetizer certainly gild the lily – cute and perfectly prepared, certain to be a huge hit with family and friends! And I love, love sweet potatoes – the ones we find here usually hail from Portugal or Israel.
    Now I am really hungry…

    • Posted November 11, 2015 at 7:22 pm | Permalink

      Hello Andrea, oh how lovely it would be for you to come to Thanksgiving Dinner! I might incline that you share something of those amazing baked goods you regular prepare out of your kitchen! I like the small size sweet potato cups given there are just so many choices on Thanksgiving, and I do like to sample a bit of everything!

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