An easy to make sweet potato casserole that is savory and mildly sweet at the same time. The herbs enhance and complements the natural sweetness of the potatoes and stacks creates a wonderful combination of textures. Use a mix of colors for prettier presentation
Course Side Dish
Keyword Vegan Casserole, Vegan Side Dish
Prep Time 10minutes
Cook Time 1hour
Total Time 1hour10minutes
4lbSweet potatoes or yams, mixed color
2- 3 TbspVegetable oil more if needed
1TspRed chili flakes /Crushed Red Pepper To Taste
3 - 4ClovesGarlic, Sliced Thin
1/2CCoconut Milk Notes
6 Sprigs Thyme
Fine Sea saltTo Taste
Black pepper, freshly ground
Preheat the oven to 375°F (190 °C). Lightly grease an oven proof casserole large enough to hold the potatoes.
Peel the potatoes and slice them cross wise into rounds of 1/8 inch thickness (Notes).
Heat a small skillet with 2 tbsp oil. When hot add the chili flakes and sliced garlic. Keep the heat on low and let the oil be infused with chili and garlic flavors. When the garlic turns golden, take the thyme leaves off the stem and add to the oil. Mix in the coconut milk. Let it warm for a minute and turn off the heat. Taste and adjust with salt and pepper.
While the oil is getting infused stack the sweet potatoes vertically in the baking dish. Stream the spiced coconut milk on top evenly. Cover the top with a foil and bake for 40 minutes. Uncover and bake for an additional 10 to 20 minutes for desired brownness .
Stream the spiced coconut milk on top evenly. Cover the top with a foil and bake for 40 minutes. Uncover and bake for an additional 10 to 20 minutes for desired brownness .
I like coconut milk in this recipe as it makes it a little richer. Substitute vegetable broth for a leaner more savory version.
A Mandoline makes it easy to get even slices. A sharp chef’s knife works well too.
You could opt to leave the potato skins on as well.
If not baking the potatoes immediately, keep the sliced potatoes in water to prevent it from turning brown.
When seasoning the sauce, use extra salt as the potatoes are not salted separately.