This a perfect holiday side dish, and also just a nice nurturing warm dish when you’re craving cozy comfort food. Not only will it cheer your taste-buds, but it will fill your kitchen with the wonderful smells of fall.Print
White and Sweet Potato Casserole with Spice-Butter
2 pounds sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1-inch pieces
1 pound Yukon Gold potatoes, peeled and cut into 1-inch pieces
1 cube unsalted butter plus 2 tablespoons, melted
1 teaspoon cinnamon (preferably Ceylon or canela)
1/2 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
1 teaspoon freshly grated ginger
1 teaspoon Rain’s Choice pure Vanilla Extract
coarse salt and ground pepper]
1 cup fresh breadcrumbs, crusts removed (optional)
Place sweet potatoes and potatoes in a large saucepan. Cover with water and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer until potatoes are tender, about 9 minutes. Drain; then rice into a bowl.
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Melt cube of butter (4 ounces) in a small saucepan over medium heat, swirling occasionally until golden brown, 5 to 7 minutes.
Remove from heat and add spices. Stir butter mixture and milk into potatoes.
Season with salt and pepper.
Transfer to a 2-quart casserole dish. (Mixture can be refrigerated up to 2 days at this point.)
Combine breadcrumbs with 2 tablespoons melted butter. Season with salt and pepper and mix lightly with fork until blended.
Top potato mixture with breadcrumbs. Bake, uncovered, until bubbling around edges and breadcrumbs are golden brown, 30 to 40 minutes. Allow to stand for about 10 minutes before serving.
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I’ll be cooking for someone who has Krohn’s disease. She can’t eat butter. Hard to imagine this without real butter. What would you suggest?
If she can have oils, coconut oil is a healthy alternative that lends richness to foods. A high quality walnut or olive oil or a blend of any two of these three oils would be delicious. Check to make sure she can have oils, however.