There is such a contagious spirit in the air during the holidays. I’m not talking abut the flu, but rather the happiness and joy! The weather cools down, people are in better moods, and nobody can tell whether I’ve got a six-pack or a one-pack underneath all these cable-knit sweaters. I mean, am I wearing leggings, jeans, or stretchy pants!? You’ll never know!
One of my favorite parts about the holidays is all the brilliant food. One dish that takes just an hour to prepare and twelve hours to stop raving about is a classic sweet potato casserole dish. If you make this dish and take it to a holiday party, I promise, it will be the most popular part of the night—except for your friend in a Santa suit. But if you wear the Santa suit and bring the casserole dish, there’s no telling the heights of awesomeness you’ll reach.
Here’s the recipe and ingredients (including my secret ingredient) that you’ll need:
I N G R E D I E N T S
(This dish serves 10)
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/3 cup brown sugar/cane sugar (I use cane sugar, as it’s less refined than brown sugar)
- 1/2 cup butter/plant butter (I use plant butter when I’m making bulk dishes to save our hearts from all the holiday cholesterol)
- 1 package miniature marshmallows
- 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika powder (SECRET INGREDIENT…in all caps so you don’t miss how secret it is)
- 1/2 teaspoon of salt
- 3 tablespoons apple juice
- 1 or 2 pot(s) to boil the sweet potatoes in
- 5-6 sweet potatoes
- 1 pan for cooking the dish in the oven
- 1 pan to melt the butter
R E C I P E
- Place the sweet potatoes into the pot and set the water to boil on high.
- Cover the sweet potatoes and let them cook for 30 minutes on high or until supremely mashable.
- While the sweet potatoes are cooking, mix the cinnamon, apple juice, brown sugar, salt, butter, and smoked paprika powder. This is your seasoning mix.
- Preheat the oven to 175°C/350°F.
- Take the softened potatoes, mash them, and add in the seasoning OR you can throw the seasoning mix and the softened potatoes into a blender (I prefer the blender, so much easier than mashing).
- Lay out the mash/puree in the pan that’s heading into the oven.
- Cover the top of the sweet potatoes with mini marshmallows.
- Put the dish in the oven for 10 minutes.
- Add another layer of marshmallows.
- Put the dish in the oven for another 10 minutes.
- Serve hot! This is so delicious when served with all the savory dishes on the table.
Let me know if you try to make this and how it works out for you! Happy eating—I mean, holidays!