All-American Sweet Potato Casserole

All-American Sweet Potato Casserole | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Living abroad, I spend a lot of time apologizing for American food. British people watch Man vs. Food or see a Buzz Feed listicle of foods from the Iowa State Fair and think that this is what all Americans eat on a daily basis. I think that’s pretty rich for a country that’s famous for deep-fried pizza, but this is my life now.

Look, yes once a year people in rural communities feast on corn dogs and elephant ears. Yes some people drink gallons of soda every day, but other people drink home brew kombucha. It’s a diverse country. Restaurant portions are big, but it’s also common to pack up half of your restaurant dinner to take home for the next day. 

All-American Sweet Potato Casserole | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

And yes, yes we put marshmallow on top of sweet potatoes. What’s it to you? To be perfectly honest, this is not my favorite way to eat sweet potatoes, but I made this a couple of years ago upon request of my English in-laws and discovered that it actually really works. I invited them over for Thanksgiving, and they wanted to try a marshmallow topped sweet potato casserole. I like to give the people what they want. 

I remember that my grandmother did made this by opening up a can of yams, dumping the sweet, syrupy mixture into a casserole dish, and topping it with mini-marshmallows and popping it in the oven. It was sweet as candy, and there’s nothing wrong with that, but this recipe goes in a different direction. It’s barely more complicated as all you have to do is roast sweet potatoes in the oven until soft, mash them together with a few flavor-enhancing ingredients, spreading it into a suitable baking dish, throwing some marshmallows on there, and heating until the marshmallows are browned on the top. The marshmallows go a little crunchy and actually compliment the sweet potatoes really well.

All-American Sweet Potato Casserole | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

I think American food is great, and I’ll defend it until the day I die. In case you’re wondering, these are my favorite sweet potatoes, but this All-American Sweet Potato Casserole is an awesome option.

All-American Sweet Potato Casserole

6 servings

15 minutes

1 hour 10 minutes

Easy

Ingredients

  • 1 kilogram sweet potatoes
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 ounce butter
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 package mini-marshmallows (you may not need them all)

instructions

  • Preheat your oven to 425F. 
  • Use a fork to poke a few holes in each sweet potato. Use your vegetable oil to lube up the outside of each sweet potato. I find this easiest with spray oil. Just rub the oil all over the skin. Then individually wrap each sweet potato in foil. Wrap it somewhat loosely, but make sure it’s completely sealed so that you trap any sweet juices.
  • Roast your sweet potatoes in your hot oven for about an hour. A knife should slide into the flesh of the potato easily when they’re ready. It may take a bit more or less time depending on the size of your sweet potatoes.
  • Allow your sweet potatoes to cool enough so that you can handle them without burning your hands off. The peel should come off easily. Just scoop the sweet orange flesh into a mixing bowl. Add the lime juice, cinnamon, butter, and salt, and mash and stir it all together until smooth.
  • Transfer your sweet potato mash to a baking dish or casserole  that will hold your mixture withut spreading it too thin. Cover this generously with your mini marshmallows.
  • Pop your baking dish back in the oven for about 10 minutes. Keep an eye on it, and take it out when the marshmallows are puffed up and brown, but before they get charred.

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Cheesy Chorizo Chili

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I’ve never been particularly good at being normal. Whenever I start to inch toward typical, I get a twitch. I like to be weird, but I know it puts people off, particularly some of the teenagers I work with. They hate my red coat and the fact that I wear sunglasses any time there’s daylight. They hate that I drive a moped and that I know how to waltz. Possibly their favorite thing is making fun of my accent, but that only makes me weird to them.

Of course, some adults find my “uniqueness” awkward as well. Good thing I don’t really care what anyone thinks.

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This chili recipe is a bit unusual as well. For one thing, it doesn’t contain any chili powder. The main flavoring coming from the chorizo. It’s spicy and smoky, and I can’t get enough of it. It also contains two balls of fresh mozzarella. It permeates the whole pot with its stringy cheesiness. You still have some of your usual suspects like ground beef, chopped tomatoes, and kidney beans, but there’s also a bit of cocoa powder, so don’t get too comfortable.

Don’t let the unusualness of this recipe put you off. It’s easy to make and delicious in a unique way. It’s an awesome, cozy, one pot winter meal, and you should totally give it a try.

Cheesy Chorizo Chili | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Keep it weird, friends. Keep it awesome.

Cheesy Chorizo Chili

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Yield: 4 servings

Cheesy Chorizo Chili might seem a bit unusual, but that's what makes it so awesome.

Ingredients

  • 140 grams chopped chorizo
  • 500 grams ground beef
  • 1/2 teaspoon cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 1 can chopped tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 can kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • 2 x 125 grams fresh mozzarella balls, chopped
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. In a heavy pot with a lid, cook your chorizo over medium heat until it starts releasing its orange oil.
  2. Add the ground beef, breaking it up with a wooden spoon. Cook, stirring frequently, over medium heat until it's just cooked through.
  3. Add the cocoa powder, oregano, and tomato paste and stir to combine.
  4. Add the chopped tomatoes and then add the water to the can and give it a good swirl before adding to the pot, taking any leftover tomato bits with it. Add the Worcestershire sauce and kidney beans, stir it all together, and bring the whole thing up to a simmer.
  5. Turn the heat to low, clamp the lid onto the pot, and let the whole thing simmer for about 20 minutes.
  6. After everything has had a chance to get to know each other, turn the heat off under your pot, and stir in the chopped mozzarella. Season to taste. Serve hot. Crushed up tortilla chips at the bottom of your bowl never hurt anything.
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White Hot Choclate

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Guys, we’ve got our Christmas tree up, I’ve already eaten once at the Christmas market, and I’ve even ordered a couple of presents already. Who even am I? Normally I leave everything until the last minute and run around in a panic trying to figure out what the hell I’m doing before Christmas morning. Granted, I still have quite a few gifts to figure out, and I haven’t even started thinking about a menu, but I’m currently feeling way ahead of the game.

I’m ready to relax into the season and really enjoy it this year. We’ve got advent calendars, I’m thinking of picking up a bottle of Bailey’s, and the Golden Globe nominations are being announced on Thursday. I’m all set for cozy, quiet days, or should I say nights as we’re only getting about seven hours of daylight at the moment. Thirteen days of work left, then I’m all the way in the Christmas spirit.

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To help you get extra cozy this holiday season, I’ve made you some White Hot Chocolate, and it is tasty. We’ve got a whole bar of white chocolate in these two glasses. This is my husband’s favorite hot chocolate as he’s not a dark chocolate fan. It’s delicate and not outrageously sweet.

This is, admittedly more complicated than dumping some powder in a cup, adding boiling water, and stirring, but your still rather minimal effort will be rewarded. We’re mostly just chopping chocolate, heating, and stirring. And while you could skip the whipped cream and sprinkles, I can’t think of why you’d want to. It’s Christmas after all. Even if it’s not, there’s no bad day for sprinkles. And if you wanted to add some Bailey’s, I wouldn’t stop you.

White Hot Chocolate | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Keep the long dark winter at bay by lighting the fire, bringing a tree into your house, and sipping White Hot Chocolate. It’s gonna be awesome.

White Hot Choclate

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Yield: 2 mugs

White Hot Chocolate is sweet and smooth and so awesome.

Ingredients

  • 100 grams white chocolate, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon corn flour or corn starch
  • 1/4 cup milk powder
  • 1-1/2 cups whole milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • Whipped cream and sprinkles to top

Instructions

  1. Chop your white chocolate relatively finely and pop it in a mixing bowl. Set aside.
  2. In a small sauce pan, whisk together the corn flour and milk powder to combine. Add the milk slowly, whisking as you go to make sure you don't have any lumps.
  3. Heat your milk mixture over medium heat, stirring frequently until it just starts to steam. As soon as you see steam, pour the milk over the chopped white chocolate, then walk away for about a minute. By this time, your chocolate will have melted. Whisk all this together until smooth.
  4. Pour the mixture back into the saucepan and put it back over medium heat for about five minutes until it just starts to bubble around the edges of the pan. It will have thickened slightly as well.
  5. Divide your hot chocolate between two mugs, top with whipped cream and sprinkles, and drink up while it's still hot.
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