Paleo Sweet Potato Casserole
-Impress your relatives with this unique spin on a traditional Thanksgiving side dish-
Tomorrow brings a day that is filled with gatherings of family, friends, and much love and laughter. Tomorrow is a day that we as a country set aside to be thankful for everyone and everything we have been blessed with in this life. And finally, tomorrow is a day where the talented chefs in the family provide us with a beautiful arrangement of the most delicious foods.
A staple in the American Thanksgiving dinner is the sweet potato casserole. Usually this dish comes doused in jumbo marshmallows and brown sugar, but underneath all of the added ingredients sweet potatoes are actually a very nutritious food. This root vegetable naturally sweet tasting and is loaded with vitamins and minerals. The sweet potato contains higher amounts of vitamin A, vitamin C, fiber, and also has a lower glycemic index when compared to the white potato, thus it is considered by some to be the more healthful option. It is for this reason that the sweet potato is considered to be part of the paleo diet, and just so happen to be one of my favorite foods. The reason I enjoy the sweet potato so much is because of its vast versatility. The methods for preparing this food are endless: baking, boiling, frying, roasting, etc; meaning that the options for recipes with this food are unlimited.
While for most, preparation for Thanksgiving begins early in the week, if you’ve let procrastination get the best of you or if your schedule just hasn’t allowed for the free time you need to create your specialty dish for tomorrow's dinner, I’ve got you covered. I created this amazingly delicious paleo sweet potato casserole that is free of any artificial flavorings, additives, or added sugars. It is super simple, quick, and is sure to blow your mind. So grab your apron and lets get cooking!
- 5 Sweet Potatoes, diced & peeled
- 2-3 Strips Bacon
- 1/2-1C. Crushed Pecans
- 1/4C. Red Onion, thinly sliced
- 1/4C. Pure Maple Syrup
- 3-4Tbsp. Ghee
- 1Tbsp. Cinnamon
- 1Tsp. Sea Salt & Black Pepper
- Preheat the oven to 375 degrees
- Grease a 9x9 baking dish with ghee
- Place your peeled & diced sweet potatoes the baking dish
- Coat the potatoes with 2 Tbsp of Ghee
- In a medium skillet, cook the bacon until mildly crisp
- Remove the strips from the skillet and allow to cool
- Carefully remove the bacon grease from the skillet (I store mine in a jar)
- Once cooled, dice the bacon and stir this into the potatoes
- Place the potatoes in the oven for 25-30 minutes or until tender
- While that is cooking, add 2 Tbsp ghee to the skillet, then add the pecans and toast until aromatic (watch carefully, these burn easily)
- Add in the maple syrup and cook until the majority of the liquid is absorbed
- Top the potatoes with the candied pecans and cook 5 more minutes
- Remove the potatoes from the stove, allow to cool, and ENJOY!
I can’t wait to hear all about your family’s reaction when they take their first bite :)
Wishing a very Happy Thanksgiving to you and all your loved ones!
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