Thanksgiving is about about Turkey, corn, rolls, gravy and, above all, sweet potatoes. My earliest Thanksgiving memories involve me taking a huge heap of my aunt Margaret’s sweet potato casserole and shoving it into my mouth. I usually followed that up with at least six or seven of her famous rolls covered in butter. That hasn’t changed, but our sweet potato casserole recipe has. I give you the most current evolution of the Paleo Sweet Potato Casserole.
Ginny worked her magic with this Paleo Sweet Potato Casserole. It has zero added sugar. Yes, you heard that, right, zero. You’re probably thinking that it’s worthless if you have a sweet tooth. But you’re wrong. The trick with sweet potatoes is to bake them long enough for the sugars to develop. When you do this, they are sweet enough all by themselves. If you really need more sweetness, you could throw a half cup of brown sugar into the mixture.
Step back in time a few weeks…I dug these sweet potatoes up from my garden. This was no easy task. Soil here in the Ozarks is really chunks of rock with small amounts of dirt scattered in between. The hard work was worth it. They weren’t perfectly shaped. They weren’t perfectly smooth on the surface. Some of us think beauty is only skin deep. Some of us are wrong. The outside of these dudes was rough and had many different textures. That was only a protection measure when they were in the ground. When I peeled them, they were a bright and beautiful orange.
Ginny baked these sweet potatoes for one hour. Then she gave them a gentle massage and covered them with essential oils. Just kidding. That was after dinner. TMI.
The topping on this dish is what makes it so special. It’s a mixture of chopped pecans, unsweetened coconut and coconut oil. Also, the nutmeg mixed in with the sweet potatoes shined through like a beacon of Thanksgiving.
FIY: Sweet potatoes are actually a vine from Central America. They are not closely related to regular potatoes.
The sweet potato mixture contains sweet potatoes, eggs, coconut milk, coconut cream, nutmeg, salt and cinnamon. This sounds a lot like the spices you would throw in a delicious Thanksgiving dessert. I guess that’s why they are so good.
This sweet potato casserole is a perfect accompaniment for your Thanksgiving meal. There are a few alterations you can make to suit your tastes. If you want to add dairy instead of coconut milk just add 1/3 cup of butter and 1/2 cup of milk instead of the coconut milk and coconut cream. Feel free to throw in a teaspoon of vanilla into the mix also.
Paleo Sweet Potato CasseroleCourse: HolidaysCuisine: SideDifficulty: Medium
4 medium sweet potatoes
2 eggs, beaten
1/4 coconut milk
1 Tbsp. coconut cream
1/2 tsp. nutmeg
1/2 tsp. salt
1.5 tsp. cinnamon
1 cup chopped pecans
1/2 cup unsweetened coconut
2 Tbsp. melted coconut oil
- Bake sweet potatoes for one hour at 400 degrees. Remove skins and mash in a large bowl.
- Wisk in remaining ingredients and pour into a baking dish.
- Combine topping ingredients and sprinkle on top of potatoes. Cook at 350 degrees for about 30 minutes or until tipping is browned.