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With the holiday season comes anticipation of delicious meals while spending time with friends, family and other loved ones. For those handling the cooking and entertaining, this time of year can also spell the beginning of endless lists, shopping and preparation.

Twice Baked Sweet Potatoes with Pecans

    4 large sweet potatoes, about 3 lbs.
    ½ cup melted unsalted butter, divided
    1 tsp. orange zest, packed
    ¾ tsp. salt, divided
    ¾ cup Fisher® Pecan Halves, coarsely chopped
    ½ cup all-purpose flour
    ¼ cup granulated sugar
    ¼ cup dark brown sugar
    1 tsp. ground cinnamon
    ¼ tsp. kosher salt

    Preheat oven to 375°F.

    Pierce sweet potatoes all over with a fork. Microwave on HIGH for 15 minutes or until completely cooked through. Let rest 5 minutes or until cool enough to handle.

Topping: Meanwhile, combine the pecans, flour, sugars, cinnamon and ¼ tsp. salt. Stir to blend. Mix in ¼ cup butter. The topping should form sandy clumps. Refrigerate.

    Split the potatoes in half lengthwise and scoop out some of the flesh inside. Arrange the sweet potato halves on a baking sheet. In a medium bowl, combine the sweet potato flesh with the remaining ¼ cup butter, orange zest and ½ tsp. salt. Spoon the filling back into each potato half and top with the topping on a baking tray.

Place the tray in the center of the oven and bake until the topping browns, 15-20 minutes. Serve immediately.

Food Network star, celebrity chef and busy mom Alex Guarnaschelli is all about simplifying the holiday entertaining experience and making it easier without losing any of the taste or WOW factor.  As a familiar face on Food Network shows like Chopped and The Next Iron Chef: Redemption, Alex knows firsthand how intense it can get in the kitchen.

Guarnaschelli is a regular judge on the primetime shows Chopped and The Next Iron Chef and is a regular contributor to The Best Thing I Ever Made. She also completed 3 seasons of Alex's Day Off, a show produced by Bobby Flay, airing on Cooking Channel. In 2012, Alex defeated nine rival chefs to win The Next Iron Chef: Redemption and joined the ranks of Kitchen Stadium Iron Chefs.

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