Saturday, November 14, 2009

Sweet potato casserole with coconut topping


A little note about finding sweet potatoes in Lyon, France: In the old days, you had to go the African or Asian markets at the Guillotière or the 'exotique' section of Carrefour to find them. But as of 2008 you can find them easily in most grocery stores (Monoprix, Ed, Casino, Intermarché...) in the produce section. Thay are called 'patates douces' and often come from Israel.

4 cups sweet potatoes (cooked, peeled, and mashed)
2 Tbsp butter
2 eggs, beaten
1/2 cup milk
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 cup coconut
3 tablespoon butter, melted

In a large mixing bowl, combine mashed sweet potatoes, margarine, eggs, milk, vanilla and sugar. Mix well. Spread into a greased 1 1/2-quart casserole.

Prepare the topping by mixing the coconut, brown sugar and butter. Sprinkle over the potatoes.

Bake at 350 degrees for 35-40 minutes, until potatoes are set and toppings browned and crispy.

3 comments:

Mark and Kendra said...

This looks sooooooo good!

smbt49 said...

Hi! I am also an American, attempting my first Thanksgiving in France.
I was wondering where you found brown sugar? I have been looking all over, and wondered if you use a substitute or if you know a particular store? I am in the south of France, but I imagine a major chain might share common stock.

Thanks!
Sara

J. et K. said...

Bonjour Sara

Here are some tips for finding brown sugar (and all kinds of other American ingredients) in France:

http://lyon-eats.blogspot.com/2007/10/grocery-list.html

Happy Thanksgiving!