Sweet Potato-Apple Casserole with Whiskey-Glazed Pecans

Sweet Potato-Apple Casserole with

Whiskey-Glazed Pecans

 

This dish is probably the most popular I’ve ever made (and it’s not just for Thanksgiving); it’s inspired by Food Network chef Guy Fieri’s version – only mine replaces the highly-processed agave nectar with local raw honey. I also use ultra-tart organic Granny Smith apples (and double the quantity) because I love, love, LOVE how their tanginess and firmness play off the tender sweet potatoes and savory glazed pecans. I also turn up the heat with more cayenne, but you can adjust that up or down to your liking.

This dish can practically pull double duty as dessert (and you’ll probably be coming back for seconds, maybe even thirds…but who’s counting?).

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  1. Preheat oven to 375 F
  2. Place sweet potatoes on a baking sheet (do not piece or wrap) and bake approximately 45 minutes to one hour, or until they are just tender to the touch (they should have ‘give’ when pressed, but not be overbaked to the point where they are mushy). Allow sweet potatoes to cool.
  3. In a medium saute pan, lightly toast pecans over medium-high heat (be sure to gently shake the pan or stir the pecans to avoid burning them). Add the 4 T. butter/ghee and turn down to medium heat. Add the honey, cinnamon, cayenne, nutmeg and salt, and simmer for 4 or 5 minutes. Once the ingredients are fully incorporated, add the whiskey (it will really sizzle!) and simmer another 5 minutes. Remove the sweet potato skins and discard. Slice into ½-inch pieces.
  4. Butter bottom and sides of and 8-inch square baking dish. Add the potatoes and apples to this dish, creating an even mix of the two throughout. Try not to overwork the sweet potatoes (you want them to maintain their shape/firmness).
  5. Pour/spoon the whiskey-pecan mixture on top of the sweet potato and apple mixture (do not mix together – the heat from the over will do that for you).
  6. Bake for 30 minutes and serve promptly.
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Note: This dish holds up well as leftovers and is scrumptious piled atop an open-faced turkey sandwich.

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