Sweet Potato Casserole Bites

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by Amy Flanigan on November 16, 2012 · 11 comments

How can anyone not like yams or sweet potatoes? (And in case you’re wondering what the difference is, you can head over to Wikipedia to read all about how they’re flowering plants, native to Africa and Asia, one is long, while the other is fat…zzzzzzzz. Basically they’re both root vegetables, the sweet potato has a cream colored flesh and crumbly texture, similar to that of a baking potato, while the yam has orange flesh, and is much softer and sweeter. Both yummy! IMHO.) 

But anywaaaaay…I’ll tell you who doesn’t like them – my kids. My husband. My father in law. And both my brothers-in-law.

We’ve always served yams for Thanksgiving. No casserole. Just straight up. Not even with butter. But goodness knows I won’t turn down sweet potato casserole – with brown sugar, pecans, and marshmallows, naturally it sings to me.

Then I saw these bites from Dine and Dish. Seriously?? How ridiculously brilliant!

I did a test run with my yam-and-sweet-potato-hating family, and they all loved them. The extended family remains to be seen, but I’m telling you – make something small and stick a toothpick in it, and all of a sudden it becomes adorable and delectable. I’d put money on it.

Sweet Potato Casserole Bites
Makes approximately 25
Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 20 minutes

Ingredients
• 1/2 package Alexia Sweet Potato Puffs
• 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
• 1/2 sweet onion, roughly chopped into small squares
• 1 tablespoon brown sugar
• 1/2 cup mini marshmallows (equal to number of sweet potato puffs)
• salt, to taste

Directions
Preheat oven to 400. Place potato puffs on a non-stick baking sheet and cook for 20 minutes.

In the meantime, heat a medium-sized pan over medium heat; add butter. Once melted and slightly sizzling, stir in the onions and cook for about 2 minutes. Stir in brown sugar, and continue cooking until onions are translucent, soft and caramelized, about 3 more minutes. Remove from heat.

Thread a toothpick with one marshmallow, a few pieces of onion and one potato puff. Sprinkle with a small amount of salt, to taste, and serve warm.

(originally from Dine and Dish)

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Barbara February 2, 2014 at 7:09 pm

Sweet potato casserole is my all time fav at Thansgiving AND Christmas Dinners! What a fantastic idea – on a stick.

I have to tell you, Amy, I LOVE, love, love your blog and am so glad I found it today. Love your recipes…Love your character!
I described you to my friend as being “colorful” LOL.

I’m here to stay. Don’t ever stop posting!

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Amy @Very Culinary February 2, 2014 at 8:01 pm

Haha! Best compliment ever! Thank you for being here…if you’re on FB, come play with me. I have even more fun over there!

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petit4chocolatier December 19, 2012 at 6:29 pm

Perfect little appetizer!

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the wicked noodle November 24, 2012 at 4:55 am

Holy cow, brilliant is right! Love these!

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Julia November 16, 2012 at 12:22 pm

These are so cute! (and they look delicious!)

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Andrea November 16, 2012 at 9:55 am

We’re not so keen on the sweet potato and marshmallow combination, but I’m thinking, why not bacon? I’ll let you know. I have the puffs in the freezer.

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Amy November 16, 2012 at 11:43 am

Well, that defeats the whole “sweet potato casserole” idea, BUT I can’t imagine it being bad. Bacon makes everything better.

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Joanne November 16, 2012 at 9:38 am

I mean, you just can’t go wrong with those ALexia sweet potato puffs…I think even my brother would eat them. But he’s a weirdo who hates sweet potatoes but loves sweet potato fries.

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Bev @ Bev Cooks November 16, 2012 at 8:16 am

Looook! omg I love it.

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pam November 16, 2012 at 6:44 am

Everything is better on a stick!

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Becky November 16, 2012 at 6:30 am

Oh my goodness!! These would be perfect to get our fix of the marshmallows on the sweet potatoes!!! What an excellent idea!! Would love it if you could share this at Foodtastic Friday!!

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