sweet potato casserole

when i think sweet potatoes, the simplest is best: baked sweet potato. perfect. but every now and then i am tempted to try something different.

for thanksgiving dinner, i found this sweet potato casserole recipe. the casserole ingredients hit all the complementary notes with honey, vanilla and orange zest. i also added cinnamon. but what put this casserole over the edge is the topping. the combination of flour, sugar, oil, pecans and orange juice concentrate is baked to a hard crust that gives a contrasting texture to the casserole. awesome!

the only thing i would change the next time i make this is to use less sugar in the topping (already tweaked below). i actually reduced the sugar from 1/3 cup to 1/4 cup when i made it but it was still too sweet and made the casserole seem more like dessert than a side dish. i look forward to trying it again!

Ingredients

For the casserole

  • 2-1/2 pounds sweet potatoes, (3 medium), peeled and cut into 2-inch chunks
  • 4 large eggs whites
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 1 tablespoon honey – or – ginger syrup
  • 1/2 cup fat free milk or soy millk
  • 2 teaspoons freshly grated orange zest
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • pinch of sea salt

For the topping

  • 1/2 cup all purpose whole-wheat flour
  • 3 tablespoons packed brown sugar
  • 4 teaspoons frozen orange juice concentrate
  • 2 tablespoon canola oil
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans

Preparation

Place sweet potatoes in a large saucepan and cover with water. Bring to a boil. Cover and cook over medium heat until tender, 10 to 15 minutes. Drain well and return to the pan. Mash with a potato masher. Measure out 3 cups. (Reserve any extra for another use.)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Coat an 8-inch-square (or similar 2-quart) baking dish with cooking spray.

Whisk eggs, oil and honey in a medium bowl. Add mashed sweet potato and mix well. Stir in milk, orange zest, vanilla, cinnamon and salt. Spread the mixture in the prepared baking dish.

To prepare topping: Mix flour, brown sugar, orange juice concentrate and oil in a small bowl. Blend with a fork or your fingertips until crumbly. Stir in pecans. Sprinkle over the casserole.

Bake the casserole until heated through and the top is lightly browned, 35 to 45 minutes.

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original recipe from EatingWell: Sweet Potato Casserole

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