One of the big family celebrations in America, i.e. Thanksgiving, Christmas and the Superbowl, is a hearty, sweet casserole. Whether it should serve as a side dish or as a dessert, the ghosts argue about, as in this country, whether there should be roast or rather potato salad for Christmas. The casserole, as the casserole is called in the USA, is often a guarded family secret and varies from family to family. The recipes also differ from region to region, depending on what was traditionally grown there. Depending on the ingredients used, the Thanksgiving or Christmas casserole is really healthy!
The sweet potato casserole is very common, the preparation of which we describe in detail here. There is no one recipe for Sweet Potato Casserole, as the casserole is called, there are many different recipes around. There are many variations, especially when it comes to the crust. The use of pecans for the topping is very common. They are either sprinkled on, caramelized a little, mixed with marshmallows or made into sprinkles.
Just as a certain type of preparation belongs to a family in the USA, you too can let off steam to find your favorite casserole. You can use this basic recipe as a guide and try out what happens when you replace one or the other ingredient. The sweet potato casserole without sugar quickly turns into a pumpkin casserole with coconut milk with feta topping, a broccoli and zucchini casserole or a beetroot casserole. It is important that the vegetables are pre-cooked, otherwise the casserole will take a long time and the topping will dry out or even burn. This is especially true if meat is to be used. A minced meat casserole or a casserole with chicken strips is best and safest if you sear the meat beforehand.
Since the sweet potato casserole is a feast recipe, a large amount is expected to fill around 12 people as a side dish. However, the casserole can be kept for a few days in the refrigerator, so it doesn't matter if something is left over.