How can anyone not like yams or sweet potatoes? (And in case you’re wondering what the difference is, you can head over to Wikipedia to read all about how they’re flowering plants, native to Africa and Asia, one is long, while the other is fat…zzzzzzzz. Basically they’re both root vegetables, the sweet potato has a cream colored flesh and crumbly texture, similar to that of a baking potato, while the yam has orange flesh, and is much softer and sweeter. Both yummy! IMHO.)
But anywaaaaay…I’ll tell you who doesn’t like them – my kids. My husband. My father in law. And both my brothers-in-law.
We’ve always served yams for Thanksgiving. No casserole. Just straight up. Not even with butter. But goodness knows I won’t turn down sweet potato casserole – with brown sugar, pecans, and marshmallows, naturally it sings to me.
Then I saw these bites from Dine and Dish. Seriously?? How ridiculously brilliant!
I did a test run with my yam-and-sweet-potato-hating family, and they all loved them. The extended family remains to be seen, but I’m telling you – make something small and stick a toothpick in it, and all of a sudden it becomes adorable and delectable. I’d put money on it.
Sweet Potato Casserole Bites
Makes approximately 25
Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 20 minutes
• 1/2 package Alexia Sweet Potato Puffs
• 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
• 1/2 sweet onion, roughly chopped into small squares
• 1 tablespoon brown sugar
• 1/2 cup mini marshmallows (equal to number of sweet potato puffs)
• salt, to taste
Preheat oven to 400. Place potato puffs on a non-stick baking sheet and cook for 20 minutes.
In the meantime, heat a medium-sized pan over medium heat; add butter. Once melted and slightly sizzling, stir in the onions and cook for about 2 minutes. Stir in brown sugar, and continue cooking until onions are translucent, soft and caramelized, about 3 more minutes. Remove from heat.
Thread a toothpick with one marshmallow, a few pieces of onion and one potato puff. Sprinkle with a small amount of salt, to taste, and serve warm.
(originally from Dine and Dish)