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Sweet Potato Casserole

I love sweet potatoes. I think I’ve mentioned this before (sweet potato and squash bake, sweet potato pie, bean and sweet potato soup, spiced sweet potato oven fries). We buy them whenever we visit Vientiane in the fall or winter because the sweet potatoes there are fatter and better.

I made this casserole for Thanksgiving. Isn’t it funny how such a sweet dish is considered a side dish? People even put marshmallows on it and still don’t call it a dessert! You can find the recipe here.

When it says “cooked and mashed sweet potatoes” I recommend boiling the sweet potatoes instead of baking them because they’ll be more moist. Of course, bake them when you cook the casserole, but boil the sweet potatoes before mixing everything together. Also, this recipe is very sweet – you could probably reduce the amount of sugar. If you don’t have pecans, you could probably leave them out and it would still taste great.


Sweet Potato and Squash Bake


Okay, “Sweet Potato and Squash Bake” doesn’t sound as good as it actually is. I just couldn’t think of a better name for it. This dish is so good because baking squash and sweet potatoes this way caramelizes the sugars and there’s goat cheese on top! I made this dish for a dinner at my parents house and my mom taught me that you can actually peel a butternut squash with a potato peeler. I didn’t believer her at first, but it does work – give it a try. In Laos, we don’t have butternut squash, sweet potatoes, red onions, or goat cheese, so I won’t be making this for a while and I’m slightly jealous of anyone who will 🙂 Continue reading