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Nut-free topping for candied sweet potato casserole?

I'm making a candied sweet potato casserole for Thanksgiving but every recipe I've found calls for pecans as the topping. I have a nut allergy (to all tree nuts and peanuts, but not to seeds) and would love to find a crunchy tasty topping that I can substitute for the pecans. Any suggestions?

asked by Juliette Dallas-Feeney over 5 years ago

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Merrill Stubbs
Merrill Stubbs

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added over 5 years ago

Or wonder if you could toast some quinoa, mix it with a little brown sugar and butter and achieve a nice crunchy top that way. (Never actually done that, but seems like it might work.)

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Kristy Mucci
Kristy Mucci

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added over 5 years ago

Toasted pumpkin seeds could be nice.

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Monita
Monita

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added over 5 years ago

Try oats (not instant); they work really well in a crumble topping

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bigpan
added over 5 years ago

I would a seed smaller than pumpkin- maybe sunflower. But the crumbled snaps sound good too.

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hardlikearmour
hardlikearmour

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added over 5 years ago

When boulangere tested my sweet potato casserole recipe last year she used rolled oats for the topping with good success. http://www.food52.com/recipes...

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chez_mere
added over 5 years ago

How about some nut free granola?

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Mike Peace
added 6 months ago

This is my favorite holiday dish. However, I recently began dating someone with a nut allergy, so I've been thinking of possible substitutes myself. I'm really considering bits of toffee. Perhaps cut back a bit in the brown sugar to compensate for the added sweetness.

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Nancy
Nancy

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added 6 months ago

Crunchy fried onions (stolen from thanksgiving green bean casserole).
Bacon or other crunchy meat garnish (beef, chicken)
Fried bits of sweet potato skins

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