Sunday, November 6, 2016

Best Holiday Side Dishes #SundaySupper...Featuring Southern Praline Sweet Potato Casserole

I think I'm in a bit of denial that the holiday season is fast approaching...Thanksgiving is somehow literally around the corner! If you're looking for some fresh new side dishes to serve at your upcoming holiday feast, the #SundaySupper family is coming to your rescue today. Our hostess for today's Best Holiday Side Dishes is Caroline from Caroline’s Cooking. I love Thanksgiving...growing up, we always had a big Southern-style meal at my grandparents' house with all of my aunts, uncles, and cousins. Sweet potatoes topped with gooey melted marshmallows were usually on the menu back then. To this day, I love sweet potatoes...but I make mine a little bit different.

My Southern Praline Sweet Potato Casserole is easy to make and bursting with the signature flavors of the South. A creamy, vibrant orange sweet potato base is flavored with maple syrup, orange liqueur, and pumpkin pie spice. Then, it's topped with a crumbly praline-flavored streusel that's flavored with more pumpkin pie spice and pecans. I've been making this casserole for years -- it's my personal riff on a recipe I first saw in Cooking Light magazine. Everyone who tries it goes totally nuts for it! As a bonus, it can be assembled a day ahead and refrigerated overnight -- saving you valuable time during the hectic holidays.

Southern Praline Sweet Potato 
adapted from Cooking Light
Ingredients (makes 6 servings):
  • 3 lbs. sweet potatoes -- approximately 3 large sweet potatoes
  • 5-ounces evaporated milk (one small can)
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/3 cup maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup orange liqueur
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
For the praline streusel:
  • 1 cup all-purpose baking mix
  • 1 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/2 chopped chopped pecans
  • 1/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 4 tbs. butter softened in the microwave for 30 seconds
Step 1: Bake the sweet potatoes at 375 until softened, approximately 1.5 hours. Cool slightly and scoop the inside of the sweet potatoes into a large mixing bowl. Then, add the evaporated milk, egg, maple syrup, orange liqueur, vanilla, and pumpkin pie spice. Stir with a spatula until all of the ingredients are incorporated into a smooth puree. Evenly spoon into an 8x8 pan that has been sprayed with non-stick spray.
Step 2: Make the praline streusel. Add the baking mix, pumpkin pie spice, pecans, brown sugar, and butter to a mixing bowl. Combine with a fork until the ingredients form a crumbly mixture. Evenly sprinkle the praline streusel on top of the sweet potato mixture.
Step 3: Bake the casserole in a 375 oven until the praline streusel is golden brown, approximately 30 minutes. Let cool 5-10 minutes before serving. 
This comforting casserole is so good! The praline streusel topping bakes up similar to a cookie, and the sweet potatoes are silky smooth. I love the flavors of maple syrup and orange liqueur in the sweet potatoes...and the warmth from the pumpkin pie spice permeates every bite. This casserole is a perfect addition to your Thanksgiving menu -- it's a true bite of the South. I hope that you'll also take a look at all of the amazing side dishes that this week's #SundaySupper participants are sharing. There's truly something for everyone!

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Vegetable Side Dishes

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