Sweet potato casserole (TMP Photo/A. McKinney)
Now that the Thanksgiving festivities have past and Christmas Day is just around the corner, there is sure to be a few parties coming up that require you to bring a dish.
One of my favorite dishes this time of year is sweet potato casserole.
My mom makes it every year with pineapples and coconut, and I always look forward to it.
The topping she puts on her casserole is made with lots of brown sugar and pecans, and it is really fantastic.
This year, I decided to put my own spin on her classic dish.
It is a little healthier, and I have added a secret ingredient, bacon.
You just can’t go wrong with bacon. It gives the dish a savory flavor to balance out the sweetness.
We all know the topping is the best part of a sweet potato casserole, so I use the bacon and brown sugar, then I broil it to create a sugar-bacon crust on top.
It’s a great way to get that yummy, crunchy topping without using so much much sugar.
So, even though bacon has been added, this recipe doesn’t call for any butter and much less sugar than the traditional version, making it much lighter.
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2 pounds sweet potatoes
3-4 strips bacon, cooked until chewy
1 Tablespoon canola oil
4 Tablespoons brown sugar
1 8-ounce can pineapple, tidbits drained
1/2 teaspoon orange zest
1/4 cup fresh orange juice
1/4 cup half and half
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
2. Coat sweet potatoes with oil and bake 1 hour, or until fork easily pierces the skins. Remove from the oven and cool at least 10 minutes.
3. Peel the cooked potatoes and mash until a lightly smooth texture is formed. Then mix in 1 Tablespoon of brown sugar, pineapples, orange juice and zest, half and half, and cinnamon.
4. Place potato mixture in an 8-inch or 9-inch baking dish and bake for 30 minutes.
5. Meanwhile, finely chop the bacon and mix it with the remaining brown sugar. After 30 minutes, top the dish with the sugar mixture and broil for 3 minutes, just until the sugar melts and is caramelized. Serve immediately.