CONFESSION: I’ve never actually had sweet potatoes (or yams, maybe) with marshmallows. My obsession with sweet potatoes is a recent development, as in the past few years. My aunt made a sweet potato pie type dish with marshmallows on the top a couple years ago. I did not try it. Something about all that sweetness is just too much. I’m a fine one to talk, Miss I-can-eat-an-entire-pint-of-ice-cream-in-one-sitting.
FACT: The recipe I am sharing today is a sweet potato dish. With marshmallows. BEER MARSHMALLOWS to be exact. And a crunchy crumble.
Now, I can’t take full credit for this dish. I was inspired. And used recipes from 2 other amazing bloggers.
I stumbled across the How Sweet Eats blog a few years ago thanks to a Google search. I am pretty sure my admiration of this blog (and Jessica) came about from her Dark Chocolate Cherry Cookie recipe. Or maybe her Red Velvet Pancake recipe. Both are delicious and the pancakes are vegan! Either way, I found her blog. I found her recipe for Chocolate Covered Candied Bacon. I found her recipe for Chocolate Covered Beer Marshmallows.
I fell in love.
I made the marshmallows for the first time and everyone DIED over them. All my closest people expect them from me now. I’m giving them away as Christmas presents this year.
Oh She Glows is in my Bloglovin feed. I saw her recipe for Saweet! Potato Casserole with Crunchy Nut Crumble and I knew I had to make it. Luckily, a couple days later, I found out that my small group was having a Thanksgiving dinner and I needed to bring a side dish.
I love sweet potatoes. So, naturally, I said I’d bring some roasted sweet potatoes. I knew that would be something I could eat. I also brought up the beer marshmallows and their eyes got huge. I had to make a batch.
MASHED SWEET POTATOES W/BEER MALLOWS AND NUTTY CRUMBLE
I was making the mallows. I wanted to make the crunchy nut crumble. Why not combine everything?!?
It might be the best idea ever. And the messiest.
I used the exact marshmallow recipe, except that I used grass-fed gelatin, rather than the packets. That makes it healthier, I say.
For the crumble, I followed the ingredient list, except I used honey, instead of maple syrup. And I half-ed it.
The sweet potato mash, is my recipe. I took some ideas from my Sweet Potato Soup. The result was darn near perfection.
- 7-8 medium sized sweet potatoes
- 1/2 cup canned coconut milk (I used Trader Joe’s)
- 1 1/2 tablespoon coconut oil
- 1 tablespoon honey, optional
- sprinkling of salt
- 1 tablespoon cinnamon
- 1 tablespoon pumpkin pie spice (I used Trader Joe’s)
- One half batch of Oh She Glows! Saweet! Potato Casserole with Crunchy Nut Crumble
- One batch of How Sweet Eats Beer Marshmallows (I used a year old bottle of Jacko Traveler Shandy Pumpkin beer. Used grass-fed gelatin in place of packets)
- Make the marshmallows ahead of time. This makes a pretty big patch, so you can use them in hot chocolate. Mash them in a s’more. Cover them in chocolate. Or just eat them plain. You will need about 1/2 – 3/4 cup, melted, depending on how much you would like on your sweets.
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Wash and dry sweet potatoes. Poke with fork or knife and add to baking sheet. Roast potatoes for 30 minutes, or until soft.
- While potatoes are cooking, make the crunchy nut crumble.
- Once potatoes are soft, let them cook for a few minutes until the are cool enough to handle. Scrap all the flesh into a large bowl.
- Add remaining ingredients, except the mallows and crumble. Stir to combine. Taste to make sure it’s good.
- Place 1 scant tablespoon of coconut oil in a saucepan and add marshmallows. If you cut them into squares, add about 10 squares or so – depending on the size. Constantly stir until mallows are almost melted.
- Add the mashed sweets to a casserole dish. Top all (or half like me!) with the melted mallows and all (or half) with the nut crumble.
- Bake at 350ish for 20-30 minutes or until the marshmallow turn brown and it smells like fall or Thanksgiving in your house.
Let me know what you think. I’ll let you all know what my small group thought of it on Friday – Hunger Games Day!
If you are looking for more Thanksgiving ideas, check out my 2013 menu here.
I’m linking up with my girls Jill Conyers and Jessica Joy today for The Fit Dish – one day late. I debated on if this dish was healthier that a usual family dish. And while those mallows might not be the best with all the sugar, I think the sweet potatoes and nutty crumble offer a nice balance. Plus, if you really wanted, you could cut out the mallows…but you’re going to want to try it with them first!
Tell me, what is a Thanksgiving dish you’ve refused to try ?