Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Sweet potato souffle

I have a embarrassingly funny sweet potato story.

Growing up I swore I didn't like sweet potatoes. Truthfully, though, I never tried them. Orange potatoes? Ick, I thought.

When I was about 25-26, it was November and at work we were having a department lunch meeting. I grabbed a piece of pumpkin pie and was noshing away. Hmm, this tastes different.

So I comment, out loud, to everyone, "This is the funniest tasting pumpkin pie I've ever had."

The crotchety old department secretary pipes up (equally as loud), "That's because you're eating sweet potato pie."

The rooms bursts into laughter. I turned 3 shades of red!

But I've been a fan of sweet potatoes ever since!!

This is
arguably my favorite Thanksgiving side dish (squash casserole runs a close second). I always want to make an extra batch to ensure that there is plenty for leftovers the next day.

Sweet Potato Souffle

2 lbs mashed sweet potatoes (about 3 cups)
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1/4 cup butter, softened
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp nutmeg
2 eggs
1/2 cup sugar

1/4 cup butter, softened
3 Tbsp flour*
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 cup chopped pecan

Preheat oven to 350.

With a mixer, mix all of the souffle ingredients together and place in a 2 quart souffle dish.

Mix topping ingredients together and sprinkle on top of souffle.

Bake for 30-35 minutes.

*For a gluten-free version of the nut topping, use an all-purpose gluten-free baking flour. I have not ever done this, but I'm going to give it a try. If you'd like a tested GF nut topping recipe, click here: All-Purpose Crumb Topping. (I have not tried it, but I've never been disappointed in any of her recipes.)

To make recipe dairy free, substitute dairy free buttery spread in place of the butter.


  1. Hmm. Good thing I read this BEFORE I did my grocery shopping. Sounds delicious. I often make mashed sweet potatoes with maple syrup, but this certainly would dress it up quite a bit. I think my family would love it. Thanks!! (Does it really puff up like a souffle?)

  2. Ok, fine. For YOU I will try this recipe even though I don't like sweet potatoes. There looks to be enough here to camouflage them. ;-) Seriously, I'll try it.

  3. Mmm. I love sweet potatoes. I might try this to take to my in-laws on Thursday. My MIL and I are the only ones who eat the sweet potatoes anyway. Might as well try something new!

  4. I didn't get to bring sweet potatoes to Thanksgiving this year, but I'm going to make it some other time this winter just for fun - it sounds delicious!!!