Sweet potato casserole with marshmallows is a classic recipe in northern America. In fact, it’s a Thanksgiving classic! However, folks from the rest of the world might be thinking … “what?” As Australian expats, we thought it was weird too – until we enjoyed this dish with a holiday dinner.
It turns out that the marshmallows and sweet potato are the perfect balance to bright, tart cranberry sauce. It’s also a starchy, creamy partner to your (well seasoned) plant protein of choice. Once you lighten all this up with greens or a salad, the casserole – sweet potato, marshmallow, and all – makes perfect sense!
Who Invented This?
That’s a fair question, given such an unusual combo. We were surprised to find out that it was all about marketing! The first recipe for Marshmallow-topped sweet potato casserole was published by a company called Angelus-Campfire. These folks just happened to be the first mass-producers of marshmallows. Obviously, the recipe then caught on in a huge way.
Our first priority to make sure our (and hopefully your) holiday meals are entirely vegan. Luckily it’s easy to find great-tasting vegan marshmallows. Two of our favorite products are the in-house Trader Joe’s brand, and Dandies (which even have a handy store locator).
Treat Yourself (to some Vitamins)
Even when vegan, sweet potato casserole is definitely an indulgence. However, that doesn’t mean there are no nutrients. You still get everything that’s in sweet potato – check out the infographic below!
Of course, we would love to tell you all about the nutrition in marshmallows. However, they’re just a treat! Save them for special occasions ?.
How to make
Let’s get down to business, how do we make this? Well, start with two pounds of sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into small cubes. Next, add them to a pot of water and bring it to a boil. Keep this going until the sweet potatoes are tender. You’ll know they’re ready when you can easily slide a fork into the flesh. When they’re done, drain the water but leave the sweet potatoes in the pot.
The next step is to make the veggies into a creamy casserole filling. Add almond milk, dairy-free butter, brown sugar, and salt. Then use a potato masher or hand mixer to mix everything until smooth. To finish up, spread the mixture evenly into a small baking dish and top it with two layers:
Place the casserole under the broiler and cook until the marshmallows are brown on top. Be very careful here – it’s super easy to burn the marshmallows. Trust us, we ruined more than one batch while getting ready to take these photos ?.
Oh – one last tip. You can do a lot of preparation in advance by cooking the filling and adding the toppings later before broiling. However, don’t reheat the sweet potato casserole and do the broiling until just before you serve it. The marshmallows are best while they’re still warm and melty!
I hope you enjoy this vegan Sweet Potato Casserole recipe! As the holidays approach I’m giving thanks for my friends, family, and for all of you – my readers! Let’s be kind to the animals, to the earth, and to ourselves!Print
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