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November 13, 2015

Bourbon Sweet Potato Casserole

Knock the socks off your guests with this slightly sweet Bourbon Sweet Potato Casserole, covered with a crunchy streusel topping. The bourbon sings, the sweet potatoes are light and creamy, and the streusel topping adds texture to this take on a Thanksgiving classic.

Knock the socks off your guests with this slightly sweet Bourbon Sweet Potato Casserole, covered with a crunchy streusel topping. The bourbon sings, the sweet potatoes are light and creamy, and the streusel topping adds texture to this take on a Thanksgiving classic. #Thanksgiving #Blogsgiving2015 #sidedish #sweetpotato #bourbon #vegetarian

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I’ve been making renditions of Bourbon Sweet Potato Casserole for years around the holidays.

It might be my favorite Thanksgiving side dish.

It’s probably because I love the taste of bourbon with my sweet potatoes, and I love any casserole that leans to the sweet side of the spectrum.

That said, this casserole can sometimes be too sweet.

Knock the socks off your guests with this slightly sweet Bourbon Sweet Potato Casserole, covered with a crunchy streusel topping. The bourbon sings, the sweet potatoes are light and creamy, and the streusel topping adds texture to this take on a Thanksgiving classic. #Thanksgiving #Blogsgiving2015 #sidedish #sweetpotato #bourbon #vegetarian

This year, I wanted to make my traditional casserole while using less sugar since sweet potatoes are naturally pretty sweet.

So these ones? I’ve sweetened ’em with pure maple syrup.

And the topping, while decadent and crunchy, only calls for 1/4 cup of refined sugar.

Knock the socks off your guests with this slightly sweet Bourbon Sweet Potato Casserole, covered with a crunchy streusel topping. The bourbon sings, the sweet potatoes are light and creamy, and the streusel topping adds texture to this take on a Thanksgiving classic. #Thanksgiving #Blogsgiving2015 #sidedish #sweetpotato #bourbon #vegetarian

The good news is that this casserole, which normally feels like a punch to the gut, is a lot lighter in its new form.

The other good news is it’s just as delicious as it was before… except it’s maybe just a little less decadent. And that’s not really a bad thing because you can eat a bit more of it without that added guilt.

Blogsgiving Dinner 2015 // The Speckled Palate

Thanksgiving is all about family, friends and delicious food. Luckily, the food blogging community isallabout these things, as well. To celebrate the holiday, Meghan from Cake ‘n Knife and Susannah from Feast + West are hosting Blogsgiving Dinner. And this year, there are more than 60 blogs sharing recipes this week!

The idea is based on an old-fashioned potluck dinner party.

Each blogger is bringing one or more dishes to the party, so be sure to stop by each one and get some ideas for your own Thanksgiving meal. We’ll be posting to social media with the hashtag #blogsgivingdinner, but you can see all the whole menu in Part 1 and Part 2 of the recipe round-up.

Knock the socks off your guests with this slightly sweet Bourbon Sweet Potato Casserole, covered with a crunchy streusel topping. The bourbon sings, the sweet potatoes are light and creamy, and the streusel topping adds texture to this take on a Thanksgiving classic. #Thanksgiving #Blogsgiving2015 #sidedish #sweetpotato #bourbon #vegetarian

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Need some more holiday side ideas? We love Bourbon Butter Sweet Potatoes, Garlicky Spaghetti Squash and Creamed Cornbread Casserole and serve them yearly.

Just interested in this bourbon-y, sweet potato dish? Scroll on down to learn how simple it is to make at home!

Knock the socks off your guests with this slightly sweet Bourbon Sweet Potato Casserole, covered with a crunchy streusel topping. The bourbon sings, the sweet potatoes are light and creamy, and the streusel topping adds texture to this take on a Thanksgiving classic. #Thanksgiving #Blogsgiving2015 #sidedish #sweetpotato #bourbon #vegetarian
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Bourbon Sweet Potato Casserole

Knock the socks off your guests with this slightly sweet Bourbon Sweet Potato Casserole, covered with a crunchy streusel topping. The bourbon sings, the sweet potatoes are light and creamy, and the streusel topping adds texture to this take on a Thanksgiving classic.
Course Side Dish
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Author Erin Parker, The Speckled Palate

Ingredients

Bourbon Sweet Potato Casserole

  • 5 regular-sized sweet potatoes , baked, peeled and spooned into a bowl (at room temperature)
  • 7 tablespoons pure maple syrup
  • 2 oz. bourbon
  • 1 egg , beaten
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon , optional

Streusel Topping

  • 2 tablespoons unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons rolled oats
  • 1/4 cup light brown sugar
  • 6 tablespoons pecans , chopped
  • 2 tablespoons butter , cubed and cold

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 375°F. Spray a baking dish with nonstick cooking spray, and set aside.
  2. In the bowl with the cooked sweet potatoes, add the maple syrup, bourbon, egg, salt and cinnamon (if you're using cinnamon!)
  3. Blend the ingredients together using a hand mixer, mixing until smooth.
  4. Pour and spread the sweet potato casserole into the prepared baking dish, and set aside.
  5. In a medium-sized mixing bowl, combine the flour, oats, brown sugar and pecans, mixing with a fork until combined.
  6. Cut the chilled butter into the streusel topping using a pastry cutter (or a fork if you're old school), cutting the ingredients until they resemble wet sand.
  7. Sprinkle the streusel topping onto the sweet potato filling.
  8. Transfer the casserole into the preheated oven, and bake for 40 minutes, or until the streusel topping is browned and crispy.
  9. Remove from the oven, and serve warm.

Recipe Notes

Please note that the total time does NOT include baking the sweet potatoes (and the subsequent time it take to let them cool, then peel and place in a bowl.)

Have you ever tried to lighten up one of your favorite Thanksgiving dishes?

How did it turn out?

12 Comments

  1. Susanna

    Hello!

    I was wondering if you could make this ahead of time and bake the day of? I have to work the morning before it and would be best if I was able to do this in parts, any suggestions?

    Thanks,
    Susanna

    • Erin

      Hey there, Susanna. I think you could absolutely make the sweet potato portion of this casserole beforehand! (So, bake the sweet potatoes, scoop them out and mix them with the filling ingredients. When they’re done, put them in your casserole dish, and cover with plastic wrap before popping in the fridge overnight.) Unfortunately, the streusel topping doesn’t last well in the fridge, so hold off on that until the morning (or afternoon) of, and then pop the casserole in the oven after the streusel is made!

  2. Cheryl Patterson

    I would have eaten this off the page if it were only possible. It looks mouthwateringly delicious. Is it crunchy on the top? It looks it.

    • Erin

      Thanks, Cheryl! And that IS a crunchy topping on the top. I love a good crunchy topping on a casserole, and this streusel is divine.

  3. Rachel Ballard

    I love sweet potatoes so much it’s just sad. We eat ours with all the brown sugar and butter—and it’s plenty sweet too. This looks like a great way to enjoy what we love without the coma afterward. 🙂

  4. Lori @ RecipeGirl

    What a great idea for Thanksgiving!!

  5. katerina @ diethood.com

    Oh yum!! This is perfect for the holidays!!

  6. Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet

    I am always looking for ways to jazz up the classic holiday side dishes! This bourbon sweet potato casserole sounds incredible!

  7. Cathy Trochelman

    Yes, please!!! I love everything about this!

  8. Dorothy at Shockingly Delicious

    I agree with you. This type of casserole is always my fave thing at the table! Yours looks GREAT!

  9. Trish - Mom On Timeout

    I just got excited for Thanksgiving! This looks fabulous!

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