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Savory Sweet Potato Casserole- Delicious Thanksgiving Side Dish
It is that time of year, again, people, when we are getting ready for the holidays. We start with Thanksgiving that sometimes can be very stressful if you don’t get organized.
I try to stay focused and plan a little bit in advance. From grocery shopping to menu, I kind of like to know what I am going to do the week of Thanksgiving.
To tell you the truth, having a food blog puts me into the Thanksgiving mood way too early, as I try to prepare, take photos and write as many recipes I can for Thanksgiving, with enough time in advance.
Some years we get so tired of Thanksgiving dishes cooked in advance for the blog, that I have to scratch my head again that week and come up with something we did not have in a while. #lifeofablogger
However, for you, that you don’t need to worry about cooking Thanksgiving dishes in October, you always need to make a plan on what are you going to serve and make sure you have everything you need if you entertain in your house.
After you make sure you have the tools, then you can start planning the menu. How many people are coming, who brings what, what are you going to prepare, these questions are very important when it comes to organizing a party.
I have plenty of ideas to get inspired from, so click here.
ANYWAY. I am not a fan of the typical sweet potato casserole, you know, the one with brown sugar and marshmallows and made with cans of candied sweet potatoes. I cannot handle a lot of sugar, so I prefer to stay away from it as much as possible.
I am sure I am not alone out there. Lots of people are trying to avoid too much sugar and carbs and Thanksgiving meal can be really tricky and challenging sometimes, when you have health issues.
However, I absolutely love sweet potatoes. They are already sweet and good for you. Sweet potatoes contain nutrients, fibers, complex carbohydrates, vitamin B6 and believe it or not, Vitamin C, when baked.
This dish is savory, does not have any sugar and it is made from fresh potatoes. It can also be made with leftover mashed potatoes, after holidays, when we look to use up the leftovers.
How To make this Savory Sweet Potato Casserole
In general, I don’t use the microwave that much, because I love my stove better, but I like baking potatoes in it.
Peel and cook the potatoes:
For this dish, I preferred to peel the potatoes and place them in the microwave. I baked them accordingly using the baked potato setting. It was an easy operation, pretty much painless.
After that, I just mashed them and continued with the recipe. I saw this recipe out there made with bacon instead of ham.
My husband has a hard time digesting fats lately, therefore I chose ham because it is lean and easier to digest.
I am sure there are a lot of people out there who have different dietary needs, so I would say, use what you like. You can even skip the ham or the bacon and make this dish vegetarian.
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In a large skillet, heat up the oil and add the chopped ham. Cook for 4-5 minutes, then add the onion and continue cooking, stirring frequently, until golden brown, approximatelly 10 minutes. Stir in thyme and marjoram. Remove from heat.
In the bowl with the potatoes, add the cooked ham and onion mixture, melted butter, part of the cheese(see the recipe below), heavy cream, beaten egg, salt and pepper. Stir everything together.
Spoon mixture into the prepared dish and bake until heated through, for about 30 minutes. Sprinkle the rest of the cheese and bake until melted, approximately 5 minutes or more. Serve warm as a side dish.
Can I make this dish the day before serving it?
Yes, it is an easy recipe and perfect to bake with a day before. You could skip the last step of adding the cheese on top of the dish until the day you are actually going to serve it.
Can I freeze this dish?
I would recommend to freeze the mashed potatoes, but without adding the cheese to them. Defrost them in the fridge overnight, and add the rest of the ingredients before you bake the casserole.
Mashed potatoes(without any other ingredients added to them) can last in the freezer for about 10-12 months if they are stored properly.
FEW SUGGESTIONS OF THANKSGIVING SIDE-DISH TO MAKE IN ADVANCE:
I kind of like cooking for Thanksgiving. Most of my recipes are baked in the oven, so I can make most of them on the day before and just reheat before the guests arrive.
It makes my life super easy that day!
On the Thanksgiving Day, I usually prepare the appetizers, the turkey, maybe a salad, while my husband helps with the table and the last details around the house.
I hope you will enjoy this dish as much as we did. It is a delicious, full of flavor casserole that everyone will love. Serve it with your favorite meat, salads and everything else in between and have a lovely, healthier, delicious Thanksgiving, my friends! See you next time!
- 4 big sweet potatoes uncooked(or 6 cups mashed cooked sweet potatoes)
- 4-5 slices of ham, chopped small
- 1 tablespoon oil
- 1 large onion, thinly sliced
- 1 teaspoon thyme
- 1 teaspoon marjoram
- 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
- 1 1/2 cups shredded cheese(mixture of Swiss and Gruyere works well)
- 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
- 1 large egg
- 1 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
- Preheat oven to 350F.
- Butter a baking dish and set aside.
- To cook the potatoes, choose one of these methods: If you boil them, peel the potatoes and chop them in big cubes. Cook them in salted water until soft and a fork goes through them.
- If you bake them, then peel the potatoes and place them in the microwave. Cook them on high according to your microwave instructions for baked potatoes.
- When potatoes are cooked, mashed them and place them in a large bowl.
- In a large skillet, heat up the oil and add the chopped ham. Cook for 4-5 minutes, then add the onion and continue cooking, stirring frequently, until golden brown, approximatelly 10 minutes. Stir in thyme and marjoram. Remove from heat.
- In the bowl with the potatoes, add the cooked ham and onion mixture, melted butter, 1 cup cheese, heavy cream, beaten egg, salt and pepper. Stir everything together.
- Spoon mixture into the prepared dish.
- Bake until heated through, for about 30 minutes. Sprinkle the rest of the cheese and bake until melted, approximately 5 minutes or more.
- Serve warm as a side dish.
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Amount Per Serving:Calories: 503Total Fat: 26gSaturated Fat: 14gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 11gCholesterol: 108mgSodium: 1080mgCarbohydrates: 48gFiber: 7gSugar: 15gProtein: 20g