This hits the top of the yumminess scale!

17 Nov

Last night, I invented this delicious little side dish recipe for a vegan Thanksgiving. (Actually, it’s perfect for a traditional Thanksgiving, too).

Anyway, my kids went nuts over this:

“Mom, this is awesome!”

“This tastes like dessert!”

“This is soooo good!”

And from Logan: “Next time, can you make it in a big pan so we can have more than one little bowl?!”

I started with some baked sweet potatoes, added a couple of things I thought would go well with them, and whipped it all up smooth and creamy in the food processor. Scooped into little ramekins and topped with buttery cinnamon walnuts, they were perfect! Sweet, but not too sweet. This Thanksgiving, serve these instead of the usual marshmallow-topped sweet potatoes.

Though it looks like granola in this picture, the topping for these sweet potato casseroles is toasted cinnamon walnuts!

Brandy & Orange-Scented Sweet Potatoes
serves 10

6 sweet potatoes, about 3 pounds
1/2 cup orange juice
1/4 cup soy creamer
2 tablespoons brandy
2 tablespoons vegan butter (Earth Balance)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
Dash of ground cloves

Topping:
1-1/4 cups finely chopped walnuts
1/4 cup vegan butter (Earth Balance), melted
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Lightly coat ten 4-ounce ramekins and place them on a large baking sheet. (If you don’t have ramekins, you can try it in a large baking dish. Just bake until it’s heated through and the nuts are lightly browned.)

Poke the sweet potatoes several times with a fork. Bake in the oven until soft, about 45 minutes. (You can also do this in the microwave.) Meanwhile, mix the topping ingredients in a small bowl and set aside.

Scoop the cooked sweet potato from the skins and place in a food processor. Add the remaining ingredients, except for the topping ingredients. Puree until smooth.

Spoon the mixture into the ramekins and smooth the tops. Sprinkle the top of each with the nut mixture. Bake until heated through and the topping is lightly browned, about 10 to 12 minutes. Enjoy!

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