Friday, November 30, 2012

Roasted Sweet Marmalade Potato Casserole


So I'm totally posting a Thanksgiving recipe a whole week late.  Yeah, I'm that girl.

But guess what?  I made my very recipe up, again!  I offered to make sweet potato something for the Thanksgiving party I went to this year.  I have never, ever, been a fan of sweet potatoes [just like I'm not a fan of stuffing either], so I decided to take on the challenge to see if I could create a sweet potato dish that I actually liked.

Fate would have it that I would discover the wonder of the roasted vegetable.  It all started with me roasting apples and sweet potatoes for Kiddo, so I could then dice them up as finger food.  Being the good parent that I am, I try everything that I put in her mouth.  Turns out, roasted sweet potatoes are kind of addicting.  Something happens when you cover a sweet potato in canola oil and roast it - it turns into candy.  Don't believe me?   Then try this recipe out.

Roasted  Marmalade Sweet Potato Casserole

Whew, what a name!  I decided to add orange marmalade to the recipe for two reasons - one, everybody else's recipes put citrus in their sweet potato casserole, so I figured I should join in.  Two, we had a whole jar of the stuff left over from a previous dinner. Score.


Time: 1 hour [to be on the safe side]
Bakes: 425 degrees fahrenheit
Makes: a 9x13 pan

Ingredients

  • 8 sweet potatoes
  • Oil, for drizzle
  • 3/4 cup half & half
  • 1/2 cup orange marmalade
  • 1 stick [8 tbs] butter
  • 4 tsp cinnamon
  • Marshmallows or walnuts [or both!] for topping

Directions
  1. Slice your sweet potatoes into 1/2 slices.
  2. Next, put them in a large bowl and pour a little bit of oil in.  Toss potatoes until coated.
  3. Arrange onto a baking sheet in a single layer, and roast at 425 degrees for 15 minutes [or until soft, but not burnt].
  4. Put your roasted potatoes back into your bowl and blend until mashed thoroughly.
  5. Add the half & half, marmalade, butter, and cinnamon into the bowl.  Blend again until all the ingredients are mixed together.  [At this point, you can take a break and wait until you're about ready to serve. The next part will only take a few minutes]
  6. Place sweet potato mixture into a 9x13 pan. Cover with either marshmallow or walnut toppings.
  7.  Broil until marshmallows are browned/walnuts are toasted. 
The scoop on marshmallows - yes, they are gluten-free. From what I understand, certain brands make their 'mallows in dedicated gluten-free facilities, but regardless, they all should not have any wheat ingredients in them.  If you're concerned about any traces, check with the particular brand to be on the safe side.

picture time!

roasted sweet potatoes...yum.
blend them up, or let your hubby do it [you didn't thinkI wore giant watches, did you?]
slather into a pan
toppings!

Remember when I said that roasted sweet potatoes are like candy?  This casserole is like candy mixed with marmalade [candy] then topped with marshmallows [more candy].

Now I understand why I like it.

What's your favorite Thanksgiving menu item?  Honestly, its not Thanksgiving without fresh baked rolls for me.  I have childhood memories of hoarding 5 or 6 of them during mealtime...

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