You don’t need a lot to treat yourself to something comforting and delicious. This Sweet Potato and Marshmallow Casserole was made using only 2 ingredients and can be done without opening up your oven. This is a single serving dessert for all singles out there, or for those who are looking for quick fix dessert that is ready in less than 30 minutes. But if you feel like sharing this delicious dessert (which I encourage you do), simply double or triple the portion. No need to worry about the proportion, since this only uses 2 simple ingredients, making this a big batch is such an easy thing to do.
Thanksgiving is one occasion that we never have in the Philippines but an occasion that I totally embraced when I moved in Canada. I truly believe that everyday no matter how my day goes, there is always a reason to be thankful. Little things, and most importantly for the presence of friends and family in my life. Unlike most people who celebrate Thanksgiving with a big bang with family and friends, I celebrate it quietly. I don’t throw huge thanksgiving dinner but I still like to celebrate it on my own way. Sometimes living alone could be a challenge during the holiday. Just because I don’t have a big family to celebrate thanksgiving with, it doesn’t mean I cannot celebrate it. If you are like me who live alone, it doesn’t mean we cannot celebrate occasions like this. This is another reason why I love small batch cooking and baking. I don’t have to cook a huge casserole of sweet potato if I only have to share it with few friends or just by myself. So this sweet potato casserole was made for singles out there or for someone who wants to share it with a friend or a partner. It’s a pretty decent portion, I would say just enough to give you room for other items on the table, but as I always say you can double it for a slightly bigger portion.
Small portions allows you to eat more variation of food
Small batch cooking doesn’t mean you have to starve yourself, it simply means cooking a reasonable size that you can finish without pushing your limit. I wouldn’t deny it, I drool over photos of food in large batches. The huge juicy turkey, large bowl of salad, dozen of freshly baked dinner rolls and crunchy baked sweet potato casserole in large baking dish. I mean who doesn’t? We all love food, I do 🙂 They’re nice to look at and probably enjoyable to eat but after few spoonful, I start worrying how I will fit an almost half eaten turkey and casserole dish in the fridge. Not only that, how long it will take me to finish all that is my main problem. That turkey will live to see the Christmas and New and maybe the next Thanksgiving.
This is one reason why I love small batch baking, and I do understand that this is not for everybody especially those who love to entertain large group or those people who have a huge family to feed. But if you are in the same boat as me, a foodie who’s definition of entertaining is entertaining myself and 2-3 friends, then small batch baking is for you and me.
I had seen a lot of Sweet Potato Casserole with Marshmallow last year, but for some reason, I find it quite weird. The concept of adding marshmallow with sweet potato did not click to me, until today. I had a leftover sweet potato and few pieces of marshmallow and so I thought I would give it a try. I had been making single serving desserts lately and so I thought this is a good candidate for that. 2 ingredients, simple and easy. I am glad I made this, it was amazing! I wished I had tried it sooner. I did not intentionally add any sugar or butter in the sweet potato. The natural sweetness of sweet potato and the sweetness from marshmallow was more than enough, in fact, it was perfect. The warm sweet potato, and the smooth melting marshmallow was a match made in heaven. I wouldn’t change a thing, just 2 ingredients, that’s it. I loved it so much I had been eating this for breakfast, or as a snack and dessert. I hope that you will give it a try, and if you do, please tag me in Instagram (#sweetnspicyliving) or leave a comment, i love hearing your feedback.
Only 2 Ingredients
- Sweet Potato – Select a size that you think is suitable for one person. I used a medium size sweet potato
- Marshmallow – Large or mini marshmallow will both work. I originally intend to use mini but I run out of it. Turned out, the large marshmallow are better, one spoonful to one marshmallow, so good!
How to Make Sweet Potato and Marshmallow Casserole
This is a super simple and easy recipe that you can make in less than 30 minutes, less if you are using a small sweet potato. Simply boil the sweet potato in salted water or plain water. I like to boil the sweet potato with skin as it prevents the sweet potato from being too mushy. You can peel and dice the sweet potato if you wish, this will also make the cooking faster. I used medium size sweet potato which took about 15 – 20 minutes to cook. Cooking time could vary depending on the size of the sweet potato. Once soft enough to mash, run in cold water and remove the skin. Transfer in a ramekin dish, or any oven safe or toaster safe dish. Mash to the texture of your liking. I like mine slightly chunky, not too smooth. Top with marshmallow, however much you can fit on top to cover the sweet potato. Now, the fun part. Broil for 2-3 minutes to toast the marshmallow. I used my countertop oven toaster to do this, but you can do this in an oven as well. Be sure to keep an eye on it, do NOT leave while broiling. Remove once the marshmallow is toasted.
- 1 Medium size Sweet Potato
- 6 Large Marshmallow or 1/3 cup Mini Marshmallow
- 1/4 tsp Salt (optional)
- Cook the Sweet Potato: Wash and scrub the sweet potato. Pour water in a pan and bring to a rolling boil. Add salt (if using) and sweet potato. Cook for 10 – 15 minutes, or until tender. To test, push a knife into the potato, if it goes through easily, then it is good. aside in the refrigerator while you wait for the potato to cook.
- Mash the Sweet Potato: Peel the sweet potato and transfer in a 3-inch ramekin or any small baking dish. Mash the sweet potato (while still warm) either by potato masher, ricer or a fork.
- Topping: Add marshmallow on top, add as much enough to cover the sweet potato.
- Broil: Broil in low heat for 2-3 minutes. I used my counter top oven toaster to do this, 350F for 2- 3 minutes.
- Alternatively, this can be done in the oven. Use the broil setting, keep the door slightly open and do NOT leave while broiling. Keep an eye as it could get burn easily.
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