(Reprinted from November 4th, 2007. Another excellent Thanksgiving recipe! Part of the fun with this recipe is it shares my experience of an afternoon cooking with Natalie of Gluten Free Mommy fame. We had a lovely time and came up with two gluten free sweet potato casseroles. I will probably serve this at Christmas this year!)
On Saturday, I had the distinct pleasure of doing something I have never done before. Something I never would have imagined doing, even 6 months ago! Something that I will definitely be doing again!
I spent an afternoon cooking with a fellow gluten-free blogger! None other than, Natalie, your Gluten-Free Mommy! Natalie graciously invited me to her home (since we both live relatively close by in the good ol' North State!) where we shared an afternoon creating and baking Thanksgiving Dinner casseroles! It was wonderful to share the time with another gluten-free cook, it's not something you get to do often!
It is hard to describe Natalie without smiling! In a word, Natalie is quite simply: "Joy!"
If you weren't impressed with Natalie's intelligence, kindness, sweet laughter, or amazing cooking abilities... her beautiful smile would knock your socks off!
The theme of our afternoon was to re-create some of our families traditional Thanksgiving casseroles. The casseroles had to be gluten-free (of course!) and we were aiming for less sugar and fat as well.
I wish all of you had the experience of watching Natalie create a signature dish. While my recipes were all typed out, all nice and neat... and as I changed ingredients, I scribbled them down.... Natalie, on the other hand, flew by the seat of her pants, just tasting and adding things as she felt necessary! Perfecting the recipe in her mind, and adding and subtracting all along the way. I could just see the ingredient wheels spinning under that long, flowing chestnut hair of hers! I was so impressed by Natalie's approach to cooking! I loved her confidence and her creativity! I can't wait for you to see her recipe. It was absolutely amazing!
My recipe is different than Natalie's, as it has a crumbly top and doesn't use oranges. I love sweet potato casseroles because they are so very versatile!
Sweet Potato-Apple Casserole
2 cups mashed sweet potatoes
1-2 small apples, peeled and chopped
1/2 cup brown sugar -or- agave nectar
1 tsp salt
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp cardamom
1 egg, slightly beaten
1/2 cup milk
1 tsp vanilla
Crumb Topping Ingredients
1/4 cup rice flour
1/4 cup corn flour -or- sorghum flour
1/2 pecans, chopped
1/4 cup brown sugar
3 Tbsp. butter, softened
Mix mashed sweet potatoes, chopped apples, brown sugar, salt, and spices together. Add beaten egg, milk, and vanilla. Mix all together until smooth. Pour into greased casserole dish. Mix topping ingredients in a small bowl until crumbly. Sprinkle over casserole. Bake at 350 for 35-40 minutes until casserole is set.