Prep 10 mins
Cook 20 mins
We've frequently had sticky-sweet sweet potatoes as guests. They're good, but my family doesn't like their dessert for dinner! This is another way to prepare a traditional food for Thanksgiving, and it goes so well with turkey. It's fast and doesn't take up much oven space, either, so I figure it's a win-win dish any way you look at it. For leftovers, my daughter likes to reheat it and add a plop of cottage cheese on top (which she then eats for breakfast).
- 3 medium sweet potatoes
- 1⁄4 cup shredded parmesan cheese
- 4 ounces cream cheese, cut in small cubes (neufchatel or low fat cheese is fine)
- 1⁄4 cup butter or 1⁄4 cup margarine
- 1 tablespoon fresh parsley, finely chopped
- 1⁄8 teaspoon garlic powder
- 2 slices bacon, crisply fried and crumbled
- Scrub potatoes well; pierce with fork.
- Cook on high in microwave 6-8 minutes; actual cooking time may vary with size of potatoes and size of oven.
- Cut potatoes open and scoop out cooked flesh into medium mixing bowl. Add all other ingredients and mix well, until the cheeses and butter are incorporated, and potatoes are smooth.
- Spray a small casserole dish with cooking spray (I use an oblong ceramic baker, so it fits around other dishes). Mound the potato mixture in the dish.
- Bake in a 325 degree oven for 20-30 minutes (just enough time to rest and carve your turkey!) or until the "peaks" of the potatoes start to brown.
- Place a pat of butter on top and serve right out of the baking dish. Yumm!
- Serving size is for small dollops, as this is how many guests we have at Thanksgiving, there's hardly ever any left over, and we have lots of sides.
- To freeze for future use, cook as above. Let cool to room temperature, and spoon into zipper freezer bags in the quantity you desire. Labeling the freezer bags with contents and quantity before filling is recommended. Zip the bags closed and flatten to distibute mixture and "burp" to get rid of any extra air in the bag. Best used within 3 months of freezing.
I make a huge batch of this because there was a sale on sweet potatoes but my family did not like it at all. I don't think the cheese pairs well with sweet potatoes at all. I guess I just prefer mine with plain butter and salt or sweetened. We threw it out and we won't make it again.
This was really good. I had to skip the bacon because of bacon haters coming to dinner (who knew they could even exist?) but other than that followed the recipe exactly. My only problem was that they seemed a little thin. I think next time I'll just skip the butter in the hopes of thickening it up a little, plus the cheeses make it plenty rich enough
Wow, Cinnamon- what a winner you have here. I tried this last night, knowing the DH does not like sweet potatoes how I normally prepare them-smothered in brown sugar! Only alteration I made was to add cheddar instead of parm (didn't realize that I didn't have any!). I layered mine on the bottom of my 8x8, then layered regular mashed potatoes on the front (have seen this done in TOH) and baked together. You should have seen DH's reaction when he tried them- he LOVED them and said I could make them anytime. FANTASTICO!