I made this for dinner one night this past week and I was just planning on posting it on instagram. But when I did, I got a lot of requests for the recipe. I guess people are looking for Thanksgiving recipes they can bring to a pot luck that will look attractive and work well with the other dishes. This casserole can be made ahead of time and then warmed up right before serving. It is easy to prepare and is a nice way to add sweet potatoes to your Thanksgiving table!
A pretty casserole dish adds to the presentation!
Creamy Sweet Potato Casserole with Toppings
(serves about 6)
(double for more servings or if using a larger casserole dish – 1 potato per person)
6 medium sweet potatoes or yams (peeled and cut into cubes or discs)
1 TB. of maple syrup
2 TB. of butter (or coconut oil)
1/4 cup of creme fraiche
1/4 teaspoon of kosher salt & fresh ground pepper
3/4 cup of creme fraiche (sour cream can be substituted)
1/2 cup of pistachios (chopped)
1/2 cup of pomegranate seeds
1/3 cup of dried cranberries
a handful of fresh herbs (thyme, rosemary & sage – some minced)
salt & fresh ground pepper
* Bring a large pot of lightly salted weather to a boil and add the sweet potato pieces. Cook until “fork tender” for about 20 minutes. Drain in a colander and then put the potatoes in a bowl. Add the other ingredients and with a potato masher, or a blender (for smooth) or food processor (even smoother) – blend everything together until until creamy. The consistency you prefer is up to you! Using a spatula spread the mashed sweet potatoes into the casserole dish. Spoon the creme fraiche, either in one large dollop onto the center (smoothing with a clean spatula), or in smaller dollops over the top of the potatoes. Cover until ready to warm up before dinner.
You can make this in the morning and keep it in the fridge in a covered casserole dish until ready. Then warm it up in the oven at 325 – 350 degrees for 20 – 30 minutes or until the center feels warm. Wait and add the topping (nuts, cranberries & pomegranate seeds) until right before serving. Before serving add a little salt & pepper to the top and arrange the fresh herbs around it.
Enjoy, and have a wonderful Thanksgiving!