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Sunday, November 27, 2016

Maple Crunch Sweet Potato Casserole



     I know, I know, Thanksgiving is over and you could probably use a break from sweet potatoes.  But I just need to share this with you guys anyway.  Of course it is perfect for Thanksgiving, but it would also be great alongside your Christmas ham.  It  is never too early to start planning, and I've got a bunch of Christmas cookies headed your way, so I need to share this now!


     As you might have guessed, I was put on the sweet potato casserole committee for Thanksgiving.  Well the sweet potato casserole, cherry pie and cranberry apple sauce committee to be more precise, but who's counting. ;-)  My grandpa was very specific that he'd like the one with the pecans and not the marshmallows.  My little sister Chloe prefers the one with the marshmallows, so I made them along with Great-Grandma's Egg Noodles the weekend before Thanksgiving to knock those two items off the required list for Thanksgiving.  Hey, if it's served in the same week, it counts, right?  Besides we can only take so many things to grandma's.

     I was considering making the basic sweet potato casserole, but I couldn't get maple out of my mind.  So, of course I had to do some tweaking.  I also kept wanting to put oatmeal in the topping, so you know what?  I did it!  And none of the recipes I pulled up had any cinnamon in them.  I didn't want it to be overwhelming, but it seemed like a little cinnamon would be just the perfect thing with my maple syrup and oatmeal crunch topping.  And that is how this beauty was born!



    I tell you what, the end product was pretty darn tasty.  (Yes, I do say so myself. Somebody has to toot my horn, even if it is myself!)  It was delicious as part of the turkey dinner.  But you know when I enjoyed it even more?  Later that night!  I ate enough dinner that I only had a tiny piece of pie at grandma's.   I left feeling so full that I couldn't think of eating more than that.  But low and behold, a few hours later once I had changed to jammie pants and hit the couch, I could really go for something sweet.  It turns out this was just the thing!  It definitely hit the spot.  Plus then I could tell myself I was just eating leftover dinner and not dessert! ;-)  Ha! Girl math is funny sometimes, isn't it?

    Now, this recipe is enough to serve a small army.  I do come from a big family, so that is how we roll.  But you could easily cut it in half and bake it in a 9x13" casserole instead.  Just reduce the time to 35-40 minutes and you should be in good shape!



Maple Crunch Sweet Potato Casserole
serves 24-30


Ingredients:

Sweet potatoes: 
8 lbs sweet potatoes or 6 40 oz cans of sweet potatoes
1 1/3 cups maple syrup
4 tsp salt
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 scant tsp vanilla
4 eggs
1/2 cup milk

Topping:
1/2 cup butter, melted
1 1/2 - 2 cups pecans
1/3 cup flour
1/2 cup oatmeal
1 cup brown sugar
1 tsp cinnamon


  1. If using fresh sweet potatoes, peel, cut into large chunks and boil until soft enough to mash. Then drain completely.  If using canned sweet potatoes, drain well.
  2. Preheat oven to 350 F. 
  3. In a large bowl, mash sweet potatoes until mostly smooth. 
  4. Stir in remaining ingredients until well mixed. Spread in a 11x15" or 5 quart casserole dish (I used my lasagna pan.)
  5. In a medium bowl, mix together melted butter, pecans, flour, oatmeal, brown sugar and cinnamon for the topping.  Sprinkle over sweet potato mixture.
  6. Bake for 45-50 minutes or until the top is golden brown and it is heated throughout.
*To make a smaller batch, you can cut the recipe in half and bake in a 9x13" pan for 35-40 minutes.



21 comments:

  1. I will never want a break from sweet Tators and the fact that there is maple syrup in here and oatmeal in the topping, well, I'll just make them for a Sunday side....soon, very soon! ;-)

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    1. I love sweet potatoes too. My husband is not a fan, so short of the bite he takes to prove he doesn't like them I am left eating most everything. But I love having an excuse to make them and share them with others! I really like the way these turned out and can't wait to make them for the next holiday. I hope you love them!

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  2. We are already planning our Christmas ham, and I think this will be a perfect side dish!

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  3. I actually just recently discovered I like sweet potatoes! I'll definitely have to try this one. This new love of sweet potatoes is opening a whole new world for me! 😁

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    1. Welcome to the sweet potato fan club!

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  4. Sweet potato casserole is one of my biggest weaknesses during the holiday season. Yours looks delicious!

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    1. Mine too. I ate the leftovers for this one as a midnight snack, breakfast and again at lunch the next day! ;-) Had there been more, I probably would have kept the streak alive a little longer too.

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  5. Yum! I still have sweet potatoes from my garden to use up so I will be trying this at Christmas.. if I can wait that long! lol!

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    1. I hope you guys love it! And I'm jealous of your homegrown sweet potatoes!

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  6. This looks very yummy! I love nuts and am still wishing we had leftover sweet potatoes from Thanksgiving. Thanks for joining the Family Joy Link Party!

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  7. Hi Carlee, to us English a casserole is like meaty stew, so when I saw your recipe I was a tad confused. But it does sound good. Anything with a crunchy oat topping and cinnamon has to be a winner. I have to ask though. Is it usually served as part of the main meal normally?

    xx

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    1. Ha! This would be a surprise then! I think we use casserole to mean pretty much any combination of ingredients baked together ;-) It is a pretty sweet side dish that should probably be a dessert but finds it's way on the table as a side at Thanksgiving and Christmas.

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  8. Hi Carlee, this look like the perfect recipe to make sweet potatoes for the holidays. I will have to try this out. Thanks for the recipe.
    Have a nice weekend.
    Julie xo

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    1. I hope you love it! Thanks, Julie!

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  9. YUM! I'll take 5 pieces! :)

    I would love for you to share this with my Facebook Group for recipes, crafts, tips, and tricks: https://www.facebook.com/groups/pluckyrecipescraftstips/

    Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!

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  10. I love sweet potatoes, but my family doesn't, so I haven't had them in quite some time. This pushes all my buttons, in a good way I assure you. This would be so good for a breakfast or snack. I may just make up a pan for myself, I'm selfish like that! LOL I love the maple pecan topping, I'm not overly fond of the marshmallows, this could be my new favorite! Thanks for sharing, Grandpa's a genius!

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    1. I am the only one at my house that likes them too, which doesn't stop me from buying them! Luckily my extended family likes them so holidays are a great time to play with sweet potato recipes.

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    2. Ps. I would tell grandpa you said that, but it would probably go to his head! ;-)

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