I don’t know about y’all but lately life has been crazy!! With the holidays right around the corner, that means cooking for parties and pot lucks will be here before you know it. I like to try and make something a little different each holiday season. With such a busy schedule this year, I needed to come up with something that was flavorful, yet easy to throw together. These Sweet Potato Casserole Bites were the answer to my pot luck dreams! They have the flavor of a slow baked homemade yam casserole, but don’t require pre-cooking the sweet potatoes so they are done baking and ready to eat in 30 min. They are topped with a yummy praline, however are not super sweet so you can serve them as an appetizer, or brush with honey prior to adding the topping for more dessert style. I mean, who doesn’t love a sweet potato appetizer? Especially when it is topped with a praline! Yes please!!
When picking a sweet potato, you want to try and choose a smaller variety with a darker colored skin as they tend to be a little sweeter with more flavor. Also, try to avoid bruises and cuts if possible, although this is easier said than done depending on where you buy your produce. I like to use long, thin shaped potatoes for this recipe because they make smaller rounds which are the perfect sized finger food!
Looking for more Thanksgiving recipe ideas? Check out the famous BACON, LEEK AND GRUYERE POTATO BREAD STUFFING, PUMPKIN PIE FLANS WITH COCONUT WHIPPED CREAM, APPLE CRUMBLE CARAMEL PIE or this amazing PUMPKIN GANACHE CAKE WITH MAPLE BUTTERCREAM FROSTING!!
Sweet Potato Casserole Bites
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Peel sweet potatoes and slice each one into 10 round slices, approx 1/2 to 1 inch thick. Lay flat on a parchment lined baking sheet. Make sure they have space in between each one. Spray with coconut oil spray before adding praline topping.
Melt butter in microwave safe bowl. Add pecans, sugar and vanilla and stir well. Top praline mixture evenly among sweet potato slices. Bake for 30 min, or until sweet potatoes are soft when pressed with a fork, but not over cooked. Serve warm or cold and enjoy!
These sweet potatoes are not over the top sweet, so if you want them to be more like a dessert, brush with honey before adding praline topping.