I love savory sweet potato casseroles. Even as a kid with a sweet-tooth the size of Texas, I never enjoyed the holiday sweet potatoes smothered in marshmallows. ICK!
Instead of cloying sweetness, robust, savory flavors are the center of this mouthwatering sweet potato casserole recipe. Buttery sweet potatoes are mashed with coconut milk, bacon, rosemary, and Swiss cheese.
It won’t disappoint!
Savory Sweet Potatoes with Bacon & Swiss
Note: I like to tweek any recipe I get online, for instance, you don’t have to use sweet potatoes, you can use yams. Yams tend to be a bit sweeter so you can really taste the sweet and savory, I also used extra sharp Cheddar instead of swiss. If you buy the white Cheddar I can almost guarantee your casserole will be better. I think it’s worth the extra money to get the good stuff. Also, your bacon doesn’t have to uncured. However, less nitrates if you use uncured, which is better for you. Ok that’s about it, oh the reason the yams or potatoes take so long to cook depends on your oven, the one I used is electric so the big potatoes take longer. So I would say give them 45 mins to an 1 hr 30 mins.
Yield: 12 servings
Total Time: 1 hour and 45 minutes (depends)
- 3 large sweet potatoes or yams
- 8 slices uncured bacon, cooked & broken into pieces
- 1/4 C. butter or ghee from grass-fed cows (where to buy grass-fed ghee)
- 1 1/2 tsp. fresh minced rosemary
- 2 sprigs fresh thyme
- 1 egg (from pastured hens!)
- 3 tbsp. coconut milk (where to buy coconut milk)
- 1 C. Swiss cheese, grated (or, try Gruyere!) or (Sharp Cheddar Cheese)
- salt and pepper, to taste
Begin by preheating the oven to 400F.
Bake sweet potatoes on baking tray or parchment until tender when poked with a fork, approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes give or take. Remove potatoes from the oven and allow to cool to the touch. Cut cooled potatoes in half, scooping out sweet potato flesh.
In a large bowl, mix sweet potato flesh, bacon, butter, rosemary, thyme, egg, coconut milk, and half the Swiss cheese with an electric mixer. Taste and season with salt and pepper. Mix until smooth.
Transfer mashed savory sweet potato mixture into an oven safe casserole dish. Top with remaining Swiss cheese, cover, and bake until golden (about 20 minutes). Remove from oven.
Enjoy your savory sweet potato casserole!!