Every holiday season, I attempt to make the same old traditional sweet potato casserole. In the end, I’m the only person in my house that eats it. NOT this year! This year, we’re trying on something new. For starters, this version of a Rustic Sweet Potato Pommes Anna. This dish is already a hit with the 12 year old. It’s presentation makes it look deceptively difficult. It’s not.
This surprisingly simple recipe starts with 2 pounds of sweet potatoes, peeled and thinly sliced. For best results, you’ll want to use a mandolin. I, however, don’t own onw. So, I just thinly sliced mine with a sharp knife. You’ll want to slice them to about an 1/8 of an inch thickness. Once they are sliced, set them aside while you create the sauce.
The sauce is a simple combination of butter, 5-spice, brown sugar, natural maple syrup, salt and pepper. Combine the ingredients in a small sauce pan. Melt the butter over medium heat until the sauce begins to bubble.
Start with a practice arrangement of the slices. Find an arrangement that you really like. I then remove the sweet potatoes. Lightly butter the bottom of the cast iron casserole dish. Place the slices back in the dish in the arrangement you’ve created. Using a pastry brush, coat the top of the potatoes thoroughly. Sprinkle with diced red onions and a little coarse salt. The onions roast on top of the potatoes to create a sweet burst of flavor.
It’s time to pop it in the oven. It will bake about 25 minutes. If you bake it too long, the edges will caramelize into a brittle and become difficult to eat. Bake the dish just long enough for the edges to start browning.
The possibilities are endless with the very simple recipe. I can’t wait to play with it some more and come up with even more dynamic combinations. While the sauce for this recipe is simple it really accentuates the flavor of the sweet potato. You could easily change it up to create something more spicy and flavorful with any number of spices and herbs.
This Rustic Sweet Potato Pommes Anna will make a beautiful addition to any brunch, breakfast, or holiday meal. Stay tuned…I’m going to have some fun with this recipe. It has sparked all kinds of ideas for the holidays.
Rustic Sweet Potato Pommes AnnaCourse: Brunch, Breakfast, DinnerDifficulty: Easy
Every holiday season, I attempt to make the same old traditional sweet potato casserole. In the end, I’m the only person in my house that eats it. NOT this year! This year, we’re trying out something new. For starters, this version of a Rustic Sweet Potato Pommes Anna. It’s already a hit with the 12 year old. It’s presentation makes it look deceptively difficult. It’s not.
2 lbs. Sweet Potatoes, peeled and thinly sliced
1/2 cup Salted Butter
2 T. Brown Sugar
1 T. Natural Maple Syrup
1 tsp. Salt
1/2 tsp. Coarse Black Pepper
3/4 tsp. 5-spice
1/3 Red Onion, diced
- Preheat your oven to 425 degrees.
- Thinly slice the sweet potatoes using a mandolin or a sharp knife. Practice arranging your potatoes in the pan to create your design. Remove the potatoes and set them aside.
- Combine the butter, brown sugar, natural maple syrup, salt, pepper, and 5-spice in a sauce pan. Heat the ingredients until bubbling. Turn down the heat to low.
- Butter the bottom of your baking dish and arrange the sweet potatoes according to your preferred design.
- Using a pastry brush, spread the sauce out over the potatoes. Sprinkle the red onion over the top. You can also sprinkle a small amount of course salt over the casserole, as well.
- Bake for 25 – 35 minutes. Watch careful as after 25 minutes. You’ll want the edges to start to brown, but not caramelize. Enjoy!
6 servings per container
- Amount Per ServingCalories185
- % Daily Value *
- Total Fat
- Saturated Fat 6.4g 32%
- Cholesterol 20mg 7%
- Sodium 492mg 21%
- Potassium 677mg 20%
- Total Carbohydrate
- Dietary Fiber 3.6g 15%
- Sugars 7.66g
- Protein 3.8g 8%
* The % Daily Value tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.