Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Sweet Potato Gratin



I am sorry I didn't post this BEFORE Thanksgiving, but you still have time to make it for Christmas!

I received a comment last week on this recipe: "Why do you call this a gratin?"

I know that gratins usually have breadcrumbs or cheese on top and baked till bubbly and crusty.

Well, this is baked with honey on top, and forms a beautiful crust, and I bake it in a gratin dish, so I am sticking with the gratin title.

This is the most requested recipe for Thanksgiving or Christmas.
If I didn't make it, there would be mutiny.

It's a big pain to peel and grate all those sweet potatoes, but it will be well worth it.



I make it the day before I am going to serve it & reheat it for 30 minutes.

Sweet Potato Gratin:

3/4 c half and half
1/2 c orange juice
1/4 c firmly packed brown sugar
3 tbsp butter
1 tbsp grated orange peel
1 1/2 tsp coriander
1 tsp salt
3/4 tsp ground ginger
4.5 lb sweet potatoes, peeled & grated (about 5 big ones or 10 small ones)

3 tbsp honey for the top

Grate your sweet potatoes either with a box grater (if you are insane), or with the grater disc on your food processor (which is what I recommend).



Preheat oven to 350F. Butter a 13"x9"x2" baking dish. Bring to a boil, the orange juice, half and half, brown sugar, butter, grated orange peel, coriander, salt, and ground ginger to boil in heavy large skillet over high heat, stirring constantly.
Mix in the grated sweet potatoes.



Spoon sweet potato mixture into prepared baking dish. Cover tightly with foil wrap.
Bake for 1 hour.



Uncover and drizzle the honey over and bake for another 10 minutes until crispy and golden. I serve this garnished with parsley and orange peel strips








18 comments:

Ciao Chow Linda said...

I think I'll try this - ginger and all. It sounds very intriguing and delicious.

VeggieGirl said...

PERFECT for the holidays - love sweet potatoes.

Kate said...

This looks delicious. I happen to have sweet potatoes on hand. Think I will give this a try. Thank you!

kat said...

I think this might be a gratin that's actually good for you! I'm going to have to try it.

cookeaze said...

Looks so delicious and yummy, tempting pics...love to have it after a spicy food!!..thx for sharing!

5 Star Foodie said...

What a gorgeous side dish, a great addition to any celebration meal! I love that you added honey for the topping!

StaceyEsq said...

Sounds perfect for Hannukah! Like a big (sweet) potato latke!

Bob said...

Nice, my girlfriend would be all over that. I would be too, of course. Heh.

Michele said...

Looks fabulous and totally unique. I don't see why you couldn't make it with a breadcrumb topping as well. Either way i bet it's delish!

A Feast for the Eyes said...

orange and ginger are the perfect compliment to sweet potatoes. Your gratin is lovely, and I would make this anytime of year. Love the idea of honey! The next time that I make pork, this has my name on it-- just tweaked to be for "two" rather than an army of hungry eaters.

The Japanese Redneck said...

The color is beautiful. No need to cover it up and hide the gorgeous orange of the sweet potatoes.

Sounds fantastic.

Dana said...

I gave my sister-in-law the sweet potato duty and I wish I could have steered her in this direction. It looks perfect!

Jen said...

Thanks for sharing the recipe! My turkey was done earlier than expected this Thanksgiving so I rushed all of my sides onto the table - no pictures... I will try again at Christmas - this sounds fantastic. I did make the brown butter bliss again and it was a hit!

Vicky said...

Thanks for the recipe! Sweet potatoes are great!

Proud Italian Cook said...

Now that's a different twist,I'll have to try this,It all sounds so good. I still have a whole bunch of sweet potatoes ready to be used.

lisa said...

The ginger and coriander sound great in this, and the honey crust must be delicious! This recipe is a keeper.

Cate O'Malley said...

Love the twist of the sweet crust on top - yum!

noble pig said...

I still have one Thanksgiving recipe to post...this looks wonderful!!