Sweet potato casserole elicits some strong opinions. Love it! Hate it! Marshmallows? Nuts? Mashed or chunky? I happen to be a fan as long as it doesn’t have nuts (partly because I’m allergic to tree nuts and partly because I just don’t like them). And while it’s okay mashed, I prefer it chunky.
There are so many delicious ways to make sweet potato casserole. Syrupy sweet with marshmallows on top may be the most common but don’t be afraid to experiment a bit. This version adds sliced apples and is then topped with a crunchy streusel mixture instead of marshmallows.
Sweet Potato and Apple Casserole
with Streusel Topping
- 4-6 sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1/2 inch slices
- 2 Granny Smith apples, peeled and thinly sliced
- 1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
- 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
- 1-2 teaspoons vanilla
- dash of salt
- 1/2 cup water
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 1/4 cup all purpose flour
- 1 cup whole oats, briefly pulsed in blender
- 2 tablespoons brown sugar (packed)
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
- dash of salt
- 7 tablespoons chilled butter, diced
- Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
- Place tablespoon of butter in 11x7 baking dish and place in oven to melt.
- Combine sugars, spices, apple sauce, vanilla and salt in small bowl.
- Arrange layer of sweet potato slices over melted butter.
- Arrange layer of apple slices over sweet potatoes.
- Spoon half of sugar mixture over.
- Repeat layers of potatoes, apples and sugar mixture.
- Carefully pour in 1/2 cup water, cover tightly with foil and bake for 50 minutes or until sweet potatoes are tender.
- Combine streusel ingredients in mixing bowl and mix with fingers until crumbly. Or use food processor.
- Top sweet potatoes with streusel, return to oven and bake 15 minutes or until lightly browned.
You can also add raisins or dried cranberries to the potato and apple layers. And if you like nuts, add a handful of chopped pecans to the streusel topping.
However, allow me to make a plea for those of us with nut allergies. If you are taking this to a family gathering consider skipping the nuts unless you are absolutely certain no one attending is allergic. I adore sweet potatoes but virtually never get to enjoy them at holiday gatherings unless I bring them because it seems everyone puts nuts in theirs. That’s the nice thing about this streusel topping. It adds a bit of crunchy texture without nuts.
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With all the holiday baking coming up some extra baking dishes might be on your shopping list.
Take a look at this 6 piece set of Pyrex. I love the red lids!
And I’m drooling over these gorgeous mixing bowls!
Despite the word “sweet” being in the name, it never occurred to me to use sweet potato in a sweet recipe.
Deanna Piercy says
I think it’s a pretty distinctly American concept but I think it’s tasty. 🙂