Not every Thanksgiving dish has to be larger-than-life-sized.
Sometimes it’s the little things that make the biggest impression.
Take sweet potato casserole, for instance.
Wouldn’t it be better if, instead of an oversized casserole dish full of sweet slop, every person at your table got their own petite package of crispy and caramelized sweet potato, each nest topped with their own roasty toasty melty marshmallow?
Sounds pretty awesome to me.
The spiralizer makes easy work of this otherwise tedious dish, no peeling, boiling or mashing involved. Even with a 15-20 minute soak (our trick to getting crispy sweet potatoes) this dish easily comes together in under an hour.
To make these bite-sized casseroles, simply toss spiralized sweet potato with an egg and flour mixture, and arrange in muffin cups. The cups bake up crisp on the edges and creamy in the center, with a perfectly toasted marshmallow to top it all off.
While this recipe is a twist on the classic sweet potato casserole (complete with marshmallows), the sweet potato cups themselves could easily serve as a base for any number of delicious variations. Try swapping the spices for cayenne and cumin and topping with taco meat and a dollop of sour cream. Or how about replacing the marshmallow with a cracked egg to the center of the cups for a fabulous low-carb breakfast treat. You could also replace the sweet potato with russet potato for a similar effect (and if you like crispy potato, white potatoes will get much crispier than sweet potato in situations like this).
Mini Sweet Potato Casserole Nests
A twist on the classic sweet potato casserole (complete with marshmallows), spiralized in miniature size!
- 1 large or 2 medium sweet potatoes (about 12 ounces total)
- 1 large egg, lightly beaten
- 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
- 6 marshmallows, cut in half
- oil, as needed for oiling pan
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Generously oil the cups of a 12-cup standard muffin tin with approximately 1 teaspoon of oil per cup, brushing oil up the sides as well as letting it pool in the bottom.
- Spiralize sweet potatoes using the extra fine noodle blade. You can choose to use the peeling arm or not, that is up to you whether you prefer your potatoes with skins or not.
- Place spiralized sweet potato in a bowl with ice water and a generous pinch of salt. Let soak for at least 15 minutes or up to 3 hours, then drain thoroughly and pat dry.
- In a bowl, toss sweet potato with egg, flour, spices ands salt until evenly coated.
- Place a small handful of sweet potato into each muffin cup, compacting spirals and tucking in ends so there are no ‘tails’ sticking up (they will burn in the oven).
- Bake for approximately 20 minutes or until edges are brown and crisp.
- Remove from oven and place marshmallow halves cut side down in the center of each cup. Return to oven and turn on broiler for 1 to 2 minutes or until marshmallows are golden brown (don’t turn your back on them, as the marshmallows will go from uncooked to burnt in a matter of seconds). Alternatively, you can torch each marshmallow with a culinary torch if you prefer.
- Remove from oven and let cool slightly before serving warm.
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Made as directed, these are delish!! I tried to save some clean up time by using paper muffin cups on one pan. I won’t do that again because they tasted like spiced sweet potato quiche (still good, but a different texture). But the ones in the metal pan with no paper liners were wonderful!
Sooooooo insanely cute Lindsay! Such a brilliantly fun and creative idea! I love your suggestions for changing this up too, especially transforming it into a mini taco bowl or breakfast cup. Definitely the best use of a spiralizer I’ve ever seen, so nice to see it used for something other than, well, noodles :P
wow, what a wonderfully creative serving idea! Never seen a sweet potato nest before, best spiralizer idea I’ve seen!
Those are just adorable. I need to borrow a spiralizer to try this.
These are the cutest sweet potato recipe EVER! I love the idea! Great tip on the soaking to get them crispy! And the marshmallow on top…so perfect!
I love this recipe because it would help me not overindulge during dinner. You can have an individual nest or gorge on several. The nests look absolutely delicious!