Today's recipe combines sweet potatoes, another treat from my CSA share, with Thanksgiving: my sure-fire crowd-pleasing Streuseled Sweet Potato Casserole recipe. I make this for every Thanksgiving and people LOVE it. It's sweet, nutty, and because it's a riff off an old Cooking Light recipe, it doesn't break the calorie bank. This is so tasty, I've been known to eat this for breakfast the morning after Thanksgiving (yes, leftover pie, too - no one ever said Thanksgiving weekend wasn't a little bit of a nutritional nightmare). If my SIL wants me to, I'll make it this year, too, but I'll use the local sweet potatoes I got in my share . . . sure to increase the deliciousness.
Streuseled Sweet Potato Casserole5 lbs. sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1-inch cubes 1/2 c. half-and-half 1/2 c. maple syrup 1 t. vanilla 3/4 t. salt 1 large egg, lightly beaten Cooking spray 1/2 c. all-purpose flour 1/2 c. brown sugar 1/4 c. chilled unsalted butter, cut into small pieces 1/2 c. chopped pecans
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Place the potatoes in a Dutch oven and cover with water. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat and simmer for 12 minutes, or until tender; drain. Using a stand mixer, whisk the half-and-half with the next 4 ingredients (through eggs). Change to the paddle attachment, add the potato to the egg mixture, and beat at medium speed until smooth. Spoon the potato mixture into a 9x13-inch baking dish coated with cooking spray. Combine the flour and sugar in a food processor; pulse to combine. Add the chilled butter, pulse until the mixture resembles coarse meal.
Toast the pecans in a small, dry skillet. Stir the pecans into the flour and sugar mixture and sprinkle this over the potato mixture. Cover and bake for 15 minutes, then uncover and bake an additional 25 minutes or until the topping is browned and the potatoes are thoroughly heated.
This will yield 18 1/2-cup servings.
If you want to make this ahead of time - make up your potato mixture and store it in the fridge in an airtight container for up to 2 days. Make up the streusel mixture and store it in a separate airtight container. When you're ready to bake, put the potatoes in your baking dish, top with the streusel, and you're good to go.
What if you don't have a stand mixer? Not to worry - you can use a hand mixer or some serious elbow grease and a potato masher. No food processor? Cut the butter into the flour and sugar mixture with two knives.
Have a great weekend, all!