Savory Sweet Potato Bake

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Savory Sweet Potato Bake
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If you’ve read our bio you know know that I have three kiddos and an awesome husband (who happens to be the resident TMP techy and our website creator). What you may not know is that I also have three sisters, three brothers in law, a wonderful mom and dad, two nieces and three nephews on my side of the family alone. And guess what? We are all going to be together for Thanksgiving this year! It’s been a couple of years since this has happened, so we are very excited. We’re all loud, bossy, broadway musical junkies and foodies, so it’s obviously going to be a total blast.


...filled with cheese, smoked paprika, heavy cream and then smothered with even more sharp cheddar cheese, the contrast in flavors is delightful and play against one another in beautiful harmony.

We’re still finalizing the details on what will be gracing the table on that most beloved of Thursdays, but I’ll tell you a couple things I do know for sure. I won't be making any pies: that's my mom’s job and the way I see it, why mess with a (really, really) good thing? My mom will also be handling the turkey. She's a pro at that as well. So, that leaves all the sides...the the fun stuff...and I couldn't be more excited.

I’ve been appointed creative director for the Thanksgiving meal by my oldest sister (as the oldest she's a natural born delegator), so Pinterest, Bon Appetite, and my favorite food feeds on Instagram have been my best friends for the past week as I prepare. There are so many incredible recipes out there in the Thanksgiving genre, it would be easy to throw in the creative towel and let some pros do the work, but I love a good challenge. I don't believe any recipe is sacred, so I spent some time thinking about how I could put a new spin on some of the more traditional recipes, and the savory sweet potato casserole was born.

Savory Sweet Potato Bake

I love traditional sweet potato casseroles as I'm sure most of you do, as well. They're sugary and comforting and a nice treat once a year. But the sweet potato is so versatile, I couldn't pass up the opportunity to showcase it's more savory side; filled with cheese, smoked paprika, heavy cream and then smothered with even more sharp cheddar cheese, the contrast in flavors is delightful and play against one another in beautiful harmony. It's really worth a try and a refreshing change of pace.

This sweet potato casserole may not be what my family is expecting, and I hope they don't mind me switching it up, but they did, after all, put me in charge. One bite in and I'm sure they'll be singing this dish's praises.

Savory Sweet Potato Bake

Savory Sweet Potato Bake

Serves 8

Ingredients

2.5 lbs red sweet potatoes
2 bay leaves
1/2 tsp sea salt
3 eggs, lightly beaten
1/4 tsp freshly ground pepper
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1 tsp mustard powder
1 tsp smoked paprika
1/2 cup heavy cream
1 cup grated parmesan cheese, divided in half
1 cup grated sharp, white cheddar
1/4 cup pepitas (pumpkin seeds)
1 tbsp chives, finely chopped

Method

  1. In a medium stock pot cover sweet potatoes with 1 inch of water. Add bay leaves and a pinch of salt and bring to a boil. Continue to boil until potatoes are just tender and can be pierced with a fork.
  2. Drain water and return to heat until all moisture is gone from the pot and a film is apparent in the pot. (This shouldn’t take more than a minute or two, you don’t want to burn your potatoes, just extract all excess liquid.) Once dry, remove from heat, remove the bay leaves and allow to cool to room temperature.
  3. In a stand mixer or by hand, smash potatoes until smooth. Careful to not overmix.
  4. Gently stir in eggs, heavy cream, pepper, nutmeg, mustard, paprika, salt, ½ cup of parmesan cheese, and cheddar cheese just until combined.
  5. Pour into a small baking dish and smooth out top and layer with remaining cheese.
  6. Bake covered with foil for 30 minutes at 350°, then another 15-20 uncovered until the top is golden brown.
  7. Garnish with chives, pumpkin seeds and a dusting of paprika. Serve hot and enjoy!