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Thu Sep 12, 2019, 09:55 AM

Your new favourite sweet potato casserole recipe!

So, my hubby (the chef in our videos, I just do the filming and voice-over) comes from Texas, originally. He's well familiar with the standard Texan and southern Thanksgiving fare that frequently includes sweet potato casserole. Frequently, this is a very sweet concoction, full of sugar or maple syrup, covered in marshmallows, that sort of thing. I've been to a couple of Thanksgiving dinners with his extended family and, never having much of a sweet tooth myself, was shocked at how sweet this dinner side dish was. So, hubby wanted to do a delicious sweet potato recipe that wouldn't top out on the sugar, and would actually taste like something!

So, this recipe is the result of his experiments. It's full of flavour, and the interaction between the cinnamon, the garlic, and the raisins gives it a distinctly Moroccan accent. Don't get me wrong, there's a lot of butter in here, so it's not like this dish is health food, exactly, but at least it's not smothered in sugar! Of course if you hate raisins, you can leave out the rum soaked raisins, or replace them with another fruit like chopped dried apricots or something like that. Soaking them in rum is option, but delicious.


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Response to Saviolo (Original post)

Thu Sep 12, 2019, 10:11 AM

1. I promise I will never have a favorite sweet potato recipe of any kind ;) (nt)

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Response to Saviolo (Original post)

Thu Sep 12, 2019, 10:12 AM

2. That looks wonderful. I can't wait to try it.

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Response to Saviolo (Original post)

Thu Sep 12, 2019, 10:15 AM

3. I love sweet potatoes, but NEVER eat the traditional sugar topped mess.

Having spent a lot of time in the Middle East and North Africa I've long appreciated their mix of spices with nearly all their foods--both sweet and savory. Heaven knows I'm a fan of Moroccan fare for that reason. I'll have to try this.

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Response to hlthe2b (Reply #3)

Thu Sep 12, 2019, 10:27 AM

4. I was shocked when I went to Thanksgiving in Texas.

One of the dishes looked like some kind of reconstituted sweet potato patties (they were all perfectly uniform in shape) just swimming in some kind of syrupy sweet sauce. And this was being served as a dinner dish! I've never had much of a sweet tooth (sour is more my jam), but I took some to be polite, and it just tasted of nothing but sweet.

Hubby is also pre-diabetic (runs in his family), so he tries to avoid simple carbs (like sugar and marshmallows) as much as he can. This one full of butter and nuts and dried fruit manages to avoid a lot of the unnecessary carbs (though sweet potatoes are still problematic if your body is highly reactive to carbs). And you could kick this up with the addition of, say, a dash of ground cloves or cumin along with the cinnamon.

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Response to Saviolo (Reply #4)

Thu Sep 12, 2019, 11:37 AM

5. Those patties were likely canned. I've seen those served in some school lunches.

They're not really a Southern favorite, as far as I can tell. I've never seen them in grocery stores.

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Response to Saviolo (Original post)

Thu Sep 12, 2019, 02:58 PM

6. Sounds great! I have a favorite (savory) sweetpotato casserole too:

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