Something inside me has decided that no family holiday gathering would be complete without at least one sweet potato dish. Unfortunately, as a vegetable so rich in vitamins, we too often sacrifice the nutrition for the sake of flavor. Dumping loads of brown sugar and marshmallows, while obviously satisfying to your tastebuds, is less than satisfying to your diet and nutrition.
But come on, let's be honest. You're still going to be making sweet potatoes. So let's try pairing it with alcohol (duh) and nuts. Boom.
After yesterday's whipped sweet potato recipe, today brings a new twist on the same dish. This recipe combines milk (preferably skim) with mashed sweet potatoes, then covers it with none other than a Kahlua and Brown sugar mixture with crunchy walnuts. There's something awesome about using alcohol in your cooking... and, for this dish, the Kahlua does wonders. You can taste it -- in a good way. Make sense?
Speaking of alcohol at family gatherings (I mean, hello, it's Thanksgiving), try out this Whiskey Apple Cider recipe. So delicious! :)
Prep time: 30 minutes
Cook time: 20 minutes
Total time: 50 minutes
Yield: 1 casserole dish
- 3 Sweet Potatoes
- 1/2 cup Kahlua
- 1/2 cup Brown Sugar
- 1/4 cup Walnuts
- 1/4 cup Milk
- 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
- Preheat oven to 350.
- Peel sweet potatoes and cut into cubes.
- Place in a large pot with enough water to cover them and boil for 10-15 minutes or until sweet potatoes are soft.
- Mash sweet potatoes in a large bowl.
- Combine mashed sweet potatoes with vanilla extract and milk. Stir well and transfer to a casserole dish.
- Combine Kahlua and Brown Sugar and bring to a boil, stirring frequently.
- After Kahlua and Brown Sugar have boiled for 2-3 minutes, add Walnuts and continue to stir for another 2-3 minutes.
- Spoon walnuts and some of Kahlua/Brown Sugar sauce over Sweet Potato mixture.
- Bake for 20 minutes.