Making A Delicious Sweet Potato Casserole

The classic sweet potato casserole has long been a holiday mainstay on our tables. It is the perfect cross between a dessert and a side dish. The richness of the sweet potatoes and the texture of the golden pecan top make an excellent complement to the rich gravy and savory ham. What makes this casserole so unique is how you can use it to satisfy the sweet potato cravings in your family while still letting them enjoy their traditional Christmas ham.

Traditionally the sweet potato mixture is mixed with orange juice and seasoned with cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt. The orange juice gives the casserole its signature flavor and allows for an easy clean-up. The nutmeg and cinnamon-spiced up with the salt create a wonderful sweet and spicy combination that goes well with the ham and turkey. Traditional recipe holders have either white or brown marshmallows, but today, there are so many different flavors to choose from, you may end up settling for something not so traditional. The traditional recipe uses canned or fresh sweet potatoes that are grated, washed, and then mixed with spices such as garlic powder, cinnamon, nutmeg salt, and grated carrots.

Today, there are two ways you can make your classic sweet potato casserole. First, you can buy pre-made recipe ingredients. Obviously, buying pre-made ingredients allows you to control what exactly goes into the casserole. Some people prefer to make their own homemade recipes. In that case, you will need the ingredients listed in the recipe. However, if you do not have time to prepare the ingredients, you may want to consider making a homemade recipe for your casserole.

Before baking your casserole, it is important that you carefully read the ingredients listed in the recipe. Many recipes will indicate if the mixture should be used in a traditional oven or on a stovetop. If baked on the stovetop, you must use a non-stick frying pan or skillet with an aluminum liner. Using a standard skillet that comes with the pans is fine, but it may not prevent the mixture from burning if it does not directly contact the burners or heat source.

With your casserole recipe, take into consideration the method of cooking. For example, baking takes longer than when it is cooked on the stovetop. It takes approximately twice as long to bake a traditional sweet potato recipe in a traditional oven than cook it on a stovetop. This is due to the extended cooking time required. However, you can enjoy delicious tasting food thanks to the extended cooking time by using your oven. You will also avoid overcooking your casseroles which can prove to be disastrous during this time of year.

In terms of ingredients, you must choose the correct ingredients when baking your classic sweet potato casserole. The ingredients should consist of potatoes, onions, carrots, butter, spices, and milk or cream. Other items can be used in the recipe that you choose, such as dried oregano, parsley, green onions, garlic, or fresh thyme. The more ingredients you have in your casserole, the less time it will take to cook it in the oven or stovetop.

Finally, you must use the right type of marshmallows in your casserole recipe. Traditional marshmallows are candy pieces that come in various shapes and colors. Using candy pieces that resemble real chocolate will ensure that your dish looks delicious and attractive. If you are not sure what type of marshmallows to use for your sweet potato casserole recipe, you can always ask the assistance of your kids to help you choose the right ones for your recipe.

In terms of cooking techniques, it is best to use a crockpot or slow cooker for cooking your recipe. This method allows you to ensure that the ingredients are well cooked and evenly distributed. It also ensures that the sweet potatoes are tenderized because the crockpot or slow cooker ingredients will be slowly cooked. Lastly, it is best to follow the cooking instructions listed in your recipe and refrain from changing them. Changing recipes can often prove to be disastrous and can ruin a perfectly good dish.

Making A Delicious Sweet Potato Casserole