Sweet Potato Casserole

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Are you good in emergency situations? Some people freeze up and can’t think or begin to move when there’s an emergency. Other people react quickly and efficiently ready to tackle the problem. I’m the latter, in case you’re wondering. You might be wondering what emergency situations could possibly have to do with a sweet potato recipe. Everything my friends.

You see, a few Thanksgivings ago, the sweet potatoes with marshmallows went unattended for a little too long in the oven and before we knew it, the marshmallows were being torched by the broiler and we had a fire in the kitchen. On Thanksgiving, or any other day of the year, I really suggest you avoid this excitement.

I reacted quickly with the fire extinguisher in hand. Others stood around frozen. Looking back, I still laugh out loud at the hilarity of the situation. Luckily, my mom thought quickly and pulled the casserole out of the oven and got the fire out without the use of the fire extinguisher. We scooped off the blackened topping, added new marshmallows, and assigned someone to stand watch while they re-toasted. It was just as glamorous as you’re picturing it in your head. None of our guests had any idea what went on that Thanksgiving behind closed kitchen doors.

I’ve learned a lot about marshmallows since then. They do not get along with the broiler.  Did you know that? Now you do. I even recently learned where to find them in the grocery store. When I set out to prepare this recipe, I visited our local grocery store as a marshmallow buying novice. Turns out they are not in the baking aisle, the sweets aisle, and they are not with the hot chocolate. I gave up on finding the marshmallows during two trips to the grocery store. Finally, on my third trip, I knew I was not leaving the store without them. I found them, after many trips down multiple aisles and many incorrect directions given by employees, on the bottom shelf of the candy aisle.

These sweet potatoes are a crowd pleaser on Thanksgiving. Some people are fans of marshmallow topping and others prefer a streusel type topping with brown sugar and major crunch. You can arrange this dish to please both groups. How great is that? This recipe comes to you after being lightened up twice, so eat up.

Start by peeling and dicing your sweet potatoes. The size of your sweet potatoes will determine the time for boiling, so just make sure that you dice everything uniformly.

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Place the potatoes in a large pot and cover with water. Bring the pot of water to a boil.

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Allow about 20-30 minutes for cooking time, until the potatoes are fork tender.While the sweet potatoes are boiling, melt 2 tbsp of butter in a small saucepan.

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Whisk continuously for about 2 minutes. The mixture will be very foamy, and then, all of the sudden, tiny brown bits will appear. Remove the pan from the heat immediately.

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Once cooked, remove the potatoes from the heat. Drain them.

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Add them to your a mixing bowl or the bowl of your stand mixer. Add the browned butter, brown sugar, vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt to the mixing bowl as well.

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Using the stand mixer or a hand mixer, mix for roughly 2 minutes until well combined. You could also use a hand mixer for this step.

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Pour the sweet potato mixture into the casserole dish you plan to use. A 9X9 square or a round pie dish would work well here.

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Combine the pecans, brown sugar, oats, cinnamon, salt, and melted butter in a small bowl. Mix to combine.

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Pour this mixture over the sweet potatoes. I poured these around the outside of the dish and left the center for the marshmallow lovers. In the center, pour the marshmallows.

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Bake for 25 minutes until marshmallows are golden brown.

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If you aren’t a fan of the marshmallows, you can double or triple the oat topping instead.

For Thanksgiving, I will be doubling this recipe to feed 12 people with generous portions of leftovers for everyone to take home.

Sweet Potato Casserole

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour

Yield: 1 large casserole dish

Serving Size: 8-12 servings

This sweet potato casserole could be served as a side dish on Thanksgiving or at dinner any other night of the year. The extra sugar and butter won't be missed in this dish even though it has been lightened up to let sweet potatoes shine in all their glory.

Ingredients

  • Sweet Potatoes:
  • 2 1/2 pounds sweet potatoes, peeled (this equates to about 3 large sweet potatoes)
  • 2 tbsp butter, browned
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar
  • 4 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • Topping:
  • 1/3 cup chopped pecans
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup rolled oats
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp butter, melted
  • 2/3 cup marshmallows

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Start by peeling and dicing your sweet potatoes. The size of your sweet potatoes will determine the time for boiling, so just make sure that you dice everything uniformly.
  3. Place the potatoes in a large pot and cover with water. Bring the pot of water to a boil.
  4. Allow about 20-30 minutes for cooking time, until the potatoes are fork tender.
  5. While the sweet potatoes are boiling, melt 2 tbsp of butter in a small saucepan. Whisk continuously for about 2 minutes. The mixture will be very foamy, and then, all of the sudden, tiny brown bits will appear. Remove the pan from the heat immediately.
  6. Once cooked, remove the potatoes from the heat. Drain them and add them to your a mixing bowl or the bowl of your stand mixer.
  7. Add the browned butter, brown sugar, vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt to the mixing bowl as well.
  8. Using the stand mixer or a hand mixer, mix for roughly 2 minutes until well combined.
  9. Pour the sweet potato mixture into the casserole dish you plan to use. A 9X9 square or a round pie dish would work well here.
  10. Combine the pecans, brown sugar, oats, cinnamon, salt, and melted butter in a small bowl. Mix to combine and pour this mixture over the sweet potatoes. I poured these around the outside of the dish and left the center for the marshmallow lovers.
  11. In the center, pour the marshmallows.
  12. Bake for 25 minutes until marshmallows are golden brown.

Notes

Note: If you want to skip the marshmallow altogether, you can double or triple the oat mixture and use it in place of marshmallows.

I’ll be doubling this recipe on Thanksgiving to feed our crowd of 12 and provide enough for leftovers, which we take VERY seriously.

If you want to make this dish ahead, stop before topping the sweet potato mixture with the oat mixture and/ or marshmallows. Refrigerate covered and then add the marshmallows and oats right before baking.

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This recipe was adapted from How Sweet It Is

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