Friday recipe: sweet potato casserole

November 12, 2010 —

Thanksgiving is less than 2 weeks away and I’m already dreaming about my favorite dishes: sweet potatoes and turkey. I know I can eat them all year round, but usually I only have them around the holidays. The sweet potatoes at my family’s Thanksgiving are usually full of brown sugar and topped with marshmallows, which I love, but maybe I can convince everyone to try this healthier version from Eating Well. Its sweetness comes from honey and orange juice, yum!

What’s your favorite Thanksgiving recipe?

Sweet potato casserole

2 ½ pounds sweet potatoes, (3 medium), peeled and cut into 2-inch chunks
2 large eggs
1 tablespoon canola oil
1 tablespoon honey
1/2 cup low-fat milk
2 teaspoons freshly grated orange zest
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon salt

Topping

1/2 cup whole-wheat flour
1/3 cup packed brown sugar
4 teaspoons frozen orange juice concentrate
1 tablespoon canola oil
1 tablespoon butter, melted
1/2 cup chopped pecans

Directions:

Place sweet potatoes in a large saucepan and cover with water. Bring to a boil. Cover and cook over medium heat until tender, 10 to 15 minutes. Drain well and return to the pan. Mash with a potato masher. Measure out 3 cups. (Reserve any extra for another use.)

Preheat oven to 350°F. Coat an 8-inch-square (or similar 2-quart) baking dish with cooking spray.

Whisk eggs, oil and honey in a medium bowl. Add mashed sweet potato and mix well. Stir in milk, orange zest, vanilla and salt. Spread the mixture in the prepared baking dish.

To prepare topping: Mix flour, brown sugar, orange juice concentrate, oil and butter in a small bowl. Blend with a fork or your fingertips until crumbly. Stir in pecans. Sprinkle over the casserole.

Bake the casserole until heated through and the top is lightly browned, 35 to 45 minutes.


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