Can you believe that it is almost Christmas?! What are your plans for the holidays? I will be spending Christmas in Denver with parents, brothers and a few other relatives. I am really excited about this Christmas because I hardly get to see my brothers any more, plus I will be moving far, far away in exactly two weeks from today. I hope that the holidays haven’t stressed you out, but if you are panicking about what you are going to cook for dinner with your family this guest post is perfect for you. I would like to welcome Denise from Dinner With Denise this friday. She is sharing one of her delicious side dishes for the holidays. This is a great alternative to the typical sweet potatoes and marshmallows if you feel like you always serve that dish during the holidays. With that, I give you Denise:
Sweet Potato & Apple Casserole w/ Pecan Crunch Topping
My blog is Dinner with Denise. I began the blog because I am a believer in bringing people together around the table to enjoy a meal and get to know one another. Often, people ask for recipes and it is nice to have a place to share those with my guests and with others around the world that may stumble across my blog.
I live in Fort Collins, a small city about 45 minutes away from where Jenny has been going to school. I love how we have many of the amenities of a city with a small town feel. Anytime I am out and about here, especially in Old Town, I am greeted by many people I know. I love getting to know people and making connections. One of my favorite ways to do this is through inviting people to come share a meal around my table. I think it makes people feel good to be included and to be served a meal they can enjoy while getting to know one another. This is especially true at the holidays. I like to gather family and friends, old and new as well as people I don’t even know to have Christmas or Thanksgiving dinner. This year will have around 20 people which will be one of the biggest groups for Christmas at my house. Even though there may be lots of people, I really want the food to taste great.
The recipe I am sharing with you today is one I often serve at holiday meals because people seem to really like and often ask for the recipe. It is a slightly different way to serve sweet potatoes with apples and pecans in a crunchy topping. I was first introduced to a very different version of this recipe as a teenager from my great aunt. Originally, it called for canned products but I now use fresh yams and apples. The crust changed too and I added the pecans on top.
This is really easy to make and much of it can be done ahead of time, making it ideal for serving a crowd. If you are really feeling the time crunch, you could use a can of apple pie filling instead of the fresh apples.
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- 5-6 sweet potatoes
- 2-3 tbsp butter
- 3-4 apples (either all granny smith or mixed with golden or other cooking apples OR may substitute with 1-2 large cans apple pie filling)
- ⅓ cup brown sugar
- ½ tbsp cinnamon & pumpkin pie spice
- ¾ cup brown sugar
- ¾ cup flour
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
- ¼ tsp freshly grated nutmeg
- 5 tbsp butter
- ½ cup crushed ginger snaps (optional)
- ⅔ cup whole pecans
- To prepare fresh sweet potatoes, wash and bake in foil at 375F until soft (about 50 minutes. Let them cool.
- While yams are cooling, peel and slice the apples and heat a bit of butter in a shallow pan.
- Cook apples over low to medium heat till they begin to soften. Add sugar and spice mix; continue to cook for several minutes to caramelize a bit.
- While the apples cook, prepare topping; Blend sugar, spices and flour in medium bowl.
- Using two knives or a pastry cutter, cut in cold butter. (Do not over mix butter. Just blend until mixture begins to resemble dry oatmeal.) Add in ginger snaps if using.
- Peel and slice sweet potatoes into medium thick slices. Place about half in one layer on the bottom of a 9 x 13 baking dish or a large, deep 2½ quart casserole.
- Next layer apples. Top with the other half of the sweet potato.
- Sprinkle topping over the yams. (If the topping looks very dry, you may dot a little butter here and there before baking.)
- Place whole pecans on half or whole casserole.
- Bake at 375F uncovered, until casserole is bubbly and topping is crisp (about 35 minutes). Serve as soon as possible.
Thanks again, Jenny for letting me guest post here on your wonderful blog. Congrats on graduating and best of luck in the future!
Thanks so much Denise! This would be great for Christmas dinner! If you or somebody you know would like to be a part of Featured Foodie Friday please e-mail me at savourthesenses (at) gmail (dot) com and we can get you scheduled!