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Harlan's Heavenly Three Ginger Sweet Potato Souffle

November 14, 2010
5 Ratings
  • Serves 6-8
Author Notes

My son adapted this from a recipe he found in North Caroline when he lived there and hosted Thanksgiving a few years ago. I always remembre this dish as the best sweet potatoes I ever tasted, so they are the only ones I want as a side dish at Thanksgiving each year. The three types of ginger (fresh, candied and ground) give it a heavenly flavor and arome. In addition, it has enough sweetness and cruncy topping to satisfy more traditonal tastes. —JoanG

What You'll Need
  • Sweet Potato Mixture
  • 4-5 large sweet potatoes and yams ( I like to use a few of each)
  • 3/4 cup raw sugar
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted organic butter
  • Grated rind from two oranges
  • 1 tablespoon ground ginger
  • 2 teaspoons allsprice
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon fine grain sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • 2 teaspoons fresh grated ginger
  • 1/4 cup minced crystallized ginger
  • Topping
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose or whole wheat pastry flour
  • 1 cup coarsely chopped walnuts
  • 3/4 cup dark brown sugar
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted organic butter
  • pinch of sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground allspice
  1. Bake the potatoes in a roasting pan at 425 F for 1 hour or until very soft and tender. Scoop out the potato flesh and place in the bowl of a food processor; puree until smooth.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the sweet potato puree and the rest of the ingredients in the “Sweet Potato Mixture” list. Taste and adjust seasonings if needed.
  3. Set the oven temp to 350 F. Make the topping. In a small bowl, combine the flour, walnuts, brown sugar . salt, ground ginger, cinnamon, and allspice.
  4. Dot the top of the sweet potato mixture with the butter. Sprinkle topping evenly over sweet potato mixture. Bake for 1 hour, or until the top is browned and puffs slightly.

See what other Food52ers are saying.

  • JoanG
  • SallyCan
  • Raybob
I love food! I love to cook, eat, read about food, write about food, and enjoy meals with friends and family. I have been writing a food memoir for the past decade and am just about done! I epsecially love to create recipes using seasonal and local produce. I love to travel and wherever I go I shop at markets, cook, and try to take a cooking class.

3 Reviews

Raybob December 25, 2023
This was absolutely amazing. Even without the orange peel (I missed oranges when I was writing out ingredients!) this is probably the best "sweet potato casserole" I've ever, ever had. Simply divine. Everyone had second helpings, myself included.
JoanG November 14, 2010
Thanks SalyCan. He is an amazing cook and I"ve learned a lot from him!
SallyCan November 14, 2010
They do look heavenly. How nice that the sweet potatoes you want are those of your son.