These Sweet Potatoes with Crispy Rice Topping is a fun and unique way to serve your sweet potatoes at your Thanksgiving table this year!
I started off by making a caramel sauce on the stove top. Then I poured the caramel on top of the rice cereal and quickly gave it a thorough tossing, making sure all the rice cereal is covered in tasty caramel sauce. Next, set aside to cool before breaking into pieces to serve.
While the crispy rice topping was cooling I started on the potatoes.
Check out these helpful tips for making these Sweet Potatoes with Crispy Rice Topping:
- Buy small sweet potatoes so they will roast quicker in the oven.
- Planning is a must when prepping Thanksgiving dinner. The pureed sweet potatoes can be made 2 days ahead of time and refrigerated.
- The crispy rice topping can be made up to a week in advance and stored in an air tight container stored on the counter.
Here are a few other Thanksgiving treats you might want to feature on your Thanksgiving table this year: Classic Pecan Pie, The Quintessential Pumpkin Pie, Easy Pumpkin Parfaits and maybe have some Thanksgiving breakfast with these Spiced Pumpkin Pecan Pancakes!
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Sweet Potatoes with Crispy Rice Topping
- 5 pounds sweet potatoes
- 3 cups brown rice crispy cereal or Rice Krispies
- 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper, plus more for seasoning
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar, plus 2 tablespoons
- 6 1/2 teaspoons unsalted butter
- 1/4 cup water
- 1/4 cup heavy cream
- 1/2 teaspoon finely grated orange zest
- Freshly ground black pepper and kosher salt to taste
- Heat your oven to 350 degrees and line a large rimmed baking sheet with foil. Prick the potatoes with a fork all over and transfer to the prepared baking sheet. Bake potatoes for 30 minutes, then turn over and bake for 30 more minutes, or until tender. Let cool slightly.
- Meanwhile, line a large rimmed baking sheet with foil. Lightly coat the baking sheet and 2 large spoons with nonstick cooking spray. Lightly coat a large heatproof bowl with nonstick cooking spray and put brown rice cereal in the bowl. In a small bowl combine baking soda, salt, and 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper. In a medium saucepan, combine the sugar, 1/2 tablespoon butter and 1/4 cup water and bring to a boil, stirring until sugar dissolves. Boil over moderately high heat, swirling the pan as needed until a golden caramel forms, about 7 minutes. Remove from the heat and stir in the baking soda mixture. The caramel will foam. Immediately drizzle all of the hot caramel over the cereal and using the 2 greased spoons, quickly toss to coat. Spread the topping on the prepared baking sheet in an even layer and let cool completely, then break into small pieces.
- Scoop cooled sweet potato flesh into a food processor. Add the remaining 6 tablespoons butter, water, cream, orange zest and a generous pinch of cayenne and puree until smooth. Season with salt and pepper and transfer the sweet potatoes to a serving bowl. Serve, passing the crispy rice topping at the table.
MAKE AHEAD: The pureed sweet potatoes can be refrigerated for 2 days; reheat gently before serving. The crispy rice topping can be stored in an air tight container for 1 week.
Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving
% Daily Value
Total Fat 11 g
Saturated Fat 7 g
Cholesterol 30 mg
Sodium 253 mg
Total Carbohydrates 119 g
Dietary Fiber 12 g
Sugars 37 g
Protein 6 g
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Adapted from Food & Wine Magazine November 2014