Spicy Sweet Potato and Bacon Casserole
Hold the marshmallows! Sugar and spice may be nice for dessert, but we wanted a savory sweet potato casserole for our holiday table.
Why This Recipe Works
Although many sweet potato casserole recipes are candied, they can also shine as a savory favorite on the holiday table. We wanted a sweet potato casserole that was creamy, cheesy, smoky, and rich. We found that the best way to precook the potatoes before baking them was in a combination of heavy cream and buttermilk, which made the potatoes soft, not mealy, and allowed them to absorb the rich flavor of the dairy. Bacon added salt and smoke flavor, cayenne pepper contributed kick, cheddar cheese lent richness, and chopped scallion provided a fresh bite to our Spicy Sweet Potato and Bacon Casserole. Topping the sweet potato casserole with bread crumbs, melted butter, and even more cheddar cheese ensured it emerged from the oven golden and bubbly.