I served this to my family at both Thanksgiving and Christmas and it was gone it no time. Give it a try and let me know what you think!
• 3-5 large sweet potatoes
• 4 teaspoons vanilla extract
• Cinnamon (to taste)
• 5 tablespoons of butter (plus what you use to great the dish)
• ½ cup of flour
• ½ cup of Turbinado sugar (sugar in the raw)
• 1 ½ cups nut mix (pecans, almonds and walnuts)
1. Heat oven to 400 degrees, while oven is heating line a cookie sheet with aluminum foil. This will save you a ton of time when it comes time to clean up as the juices from the potato are impossible to get off of baking pans. Wash the sweet potatoes in the sink and repeatedly poke holes in them with a knife or fork.
2. Slide them in the oven and wait, should take about 45 minutes (give or take). You know they are done when they look like this and they are soft to the touch. Be careful as they will be very hot! Don’t turn your oven off, re-set the temperature to 350 degrees as you’ll be using it in just a minute.
3. Let them cool for a bit, then remove the skins, place them in a bowl with 2 teaspoons of vanilla extract, sprinkle with cinnamon and top with ½ a tablespoon of butter.
4. Using an electric mixer, mix until smooth like pudding.
5. Grease a large oven safe bowl or baking pan with butter. I use a circular bowl. You don’t want to use a bowl or pan that’s too big as you want the sweet potato layer to be fairly thick. After you’ve greased the pan add the sweet potato mix to it and spread evenly.
6. To make the 2nd layer, combine ½ cup of flour, 4 tablespoons of butter, ½ cup of Turbinado sugar, cinnamon and 2 teaspoons of vanilla extract in a bowl. Mix with a spoon. It will clump up after just a few minutes, make sure you mix it thoroughly.
7. Sprinkle over the top of the 1st layer.
8. Chop up nuts using a blender and combine them in a bowl with ½ a tablespoon of butter. Microwave for 30 seconds and mix to coat the nuts with the melted butter.
9. Spread the nuts over the 2nd layer and bake for 35 minutes at 350 degrees.
10. This next step is very important as it really maximizes the flavor. Switch your oven seting to broil (high) to brown/roast the nuts. Keep a close eye on it as it’s very easy to burn! Depending on the height of your oven racks it could take as little as 2 or 3 minutes.
The first picture below is what the casserole looks like after 35 minutes of baking in the oven. The 2nd picture is after you broil it. Broiling really takes the taste to the next level.
11. This tastes much better after it cools and is re-heated. So fix ahead of time an re-heat for best results.
This recipe makes anywhere from 6-10 servings. Give it a try, if you have any questions send me an email and as usual keep moving and keep visiting markkaelin.com!