Thanksgiving is a wonderful holiday, when you exclude the insane amount of turkeys unnecessarily slaughtered. You don't need a turkey to enjoy a delicious meal on Thanksgiving. Point in case: Sweet Potato Casserole. I love sweet potatoes so much, and I love vegan marshmallows so much; put them together you got a party! There are so many recipes for Sweet Potato Casserole online, both vegan and non-vegan, online it'll make your head spin. My recipe is a combination of recipes I found online, so I just adapted it to my taste. This is so super easy, and pretty quick. Here's what you'll need:
Sweet potatoes (I like the ones you steam in a bag the best, and it's way faster)
Earth Balance Butter
Light Brown Sugar
Vegan marshmallows (I used regular and pumpkin flavored Dandies)
First, steam your potatoes in the bag. Rinse them, then peel them. Cut them up, and place them in a medium sized bowl.
Next, mash your potatoes using a masher if you have one, I just used a fork. Next, add your cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla, butter, and brown sugar to the mashed potatoes and fold all the ingredients in. I don't have any exact measurements because I just eyeball the ingredients. I use a dash of nutmeg, a decent amount of cinnamon because I love cinnamon, about 2 teaspoons of brown sugar, and maybe a teaspoon of vanilla extract. As far as the butter, I'm a butterholic, so I probably put too much in.
Once you have all of your ingredients mixed, you want to transfer the mixture to a cooking dish, like you see below. Remember to grease your dish a little beforehand because once those marshmallows melt they really stick to that dish and you'll be scrubbing to get them off!
Once you have your mixture in your dish, you want to add your marshmallows on top. Dandies are the best vegan marshmallows ever. I bought the pumpkin ones on a whim because I saw them last minute at the super market and I was so stoked! So, I used both regular and pumpkin. Remember, they're sweet, so the more you use the sweeter your dish will be.
Set your oven to 375 and let them cook anywhere from 10-20 minutes, depending on how much you made. I set my timer for 15 minutes.
I like my marshmallows a little crispy. Here's the end result:
NOMS! Of course, I had to have some after I made it, you know, to test it out and make sure it's good and it absolutely is! This recipe is more on the sweeter side, like a dessert, but I'm a big fan of a savory too. Instead of marshmallows on top, sprinkle on some toasted pumpkin seeds to add a good crunch. Or chopped pecans. Sprinkle a little brown sugar on top with those, and you got sweet and savory. Experiment with different ideas and see what you like best! This dish is sure to be a big hit with everyone, vegans and non-vegans alike!
What are you thankful for this year? I'm thankful for my husband, my cats, and my family. I'm thankful for all the blessings I have in my life, even the most basic ones that I take for granted so often. I'm fortunate to have been so blessed, and I hope you all are too! From my family to yours, I want to wish you all a very Happy ToFurkey Day!