Mmmmm... nothing quite like a fabulous roast turkey dinner! This year for the Canadian Thanksgiving I wanted to do sides that were a little more North American than our southern hemisphere roast spuds and gravy.
I had the pleasure of trying a sweet potato bake last Thanksgiving that was pretty darn sweet. I did a search on ole friend Google and found a plethora of recipes that sounded more like desserts than sides - who puts marshmallows on a side dish! Sweet potato (aka kumara in my part of the world) has always appealed to me, and I think they are sweet enough by themselves, so put together this dish to the delight of my family :)
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Step 1: What You Need
To serve about 8:
Two good sized sweet potatos
1/4 cup milk
1/4 c Flour (I used GF)
1/2 c brown sugar
1/2 c sliced almonds
2 tbsp butter
zest off one or two oranges
Step 2: Mash Prep
Peel your sweet potatos and chop them into chunks. I use our apple slicer to make the job a bit easier!
Cook in lightly salted water until soft.
Drain and mash while warm.
You can do this ahead of time and refridgerate the mash until it is needed - a helpful tip when making a huge dinner!
When you are ready to cook the bake, mix the eggs, salt and milk into the mash. I did this when it was cold and used the mixer - easy!
Spray your baking dish and put the mash mix in, evening it out on top.
Step 3: Topping
Mix together the flour, brown sugar and nuts.
Grate in cold butter and mix.
Grate/Zest your oranges into the mix and stir.
Sprinkle the topping over the mash, covering the entire area.
Bake at 325° for 45-50 mins until the topping is crunchy and the mash is hot though.
Step 4: Mmmm Delicious!!!
Serve hot from the pan with your turkey dinner!
The eggs in the mash make it lights and fluffy and the light topping gives a crunch with a hint of citrus tang in every mouthful. Delightful!
Step 5: Variations
If a streusel topping on your potato is not to your liking, you could try a more savoury topping on this - your average stovetop stuffing mix would make an interesting alternative.
at the other end of the scale, if you want a sweeter than sweet dinner side, add sugar to the mash (one recipe I saw called for a cup of sugar in the mix) and top with mini marshmallows!
Runner Up in the
Side Dishes Challenge