Roasted Sweet Potato Casserole Bites with Oatmeal Cookie Crumble.

I’m having a serious moment with this cookie crumble.

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If you count three years a serious… “moment.”

It all started right here with these cinnamon sugar hasselback sweet potatoes – and let’s be real, this is kind of just a deconstructed version of those for times when you don’t feel like using a knife carefully. But better – because marshmallow!

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I’m not sure what it is about sweet potato casserole, but it just feels a bit more laborious than these bites. At times, at least. There’s the cooking of the potatoes, the whipping of the potatoes, the sweet additions, the topping and possible (required) marshmallow. You know?

With these little guys, you just roast some spiced rounds like you would for dinner, top them with some easily whipped meringue and finish off with the cookie crumble right out of the skillet.

Obsession is quite overused but these are worthy of the word.

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The only downside to these adorable buttons is that they can’t reallllly be made ahead of time, like a casserole could. So they may work best as an appetizer or at a small gathering for dinner. Or heck – for your dinner tonight!

Yes I rather like that idea. We can keep it Thanksgiving-y all year round.

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Roasted Sweet Potato Casserole Bites

Ingredients:

4 large sweet potatoes, sliced into 1/2 inch rounds
2 tablespoons maple syrup
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1/4 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger

meringue
2 egg whites
1/3 cup sugar

oatmeal cookie crumble
3 tablespoons unsalted butter
2/3 cups old fashioned rolled oats
2/3 cups brown sugar
1/4 cup chopped pecans
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon salt

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Place the sweet potato rounds in a large bowl. Whisk together the syrup and olive oil, the pour it over top of the potatoes and toss to coat. Whisk together the sugar, cinnamon, salt, pepper, nutmeg and ginger. Sprinkle it over the potatoes and toss until it's evenly distributed. Spread the sweet potatoes out on a baking sheet covered with parchment paper (you may need 2). Bake for 15 minutes, then flip and bake for 15 minutes more.

Right before the sweet potatoes are finished baking, make the meringue.

meringue
When the potatoes are finished, reduce the heat to 325 degrees F.

Beat the egg whites in the bowl of your stand mixer (or by hand, with a whisk!) until frothy. With the mixer on medium-low speed, very slowly sprinkle in the sugar while beating. Beat until stiff peaks form. Spoon or pipe the meringue over top of each sweet potato round. Place the potatoes back in the oven and bake for about 8 to 10 more minutes, just until the meringue gets slightly golden and done to the touch. Remove from the oven and let cool slightly before topping with the crumble.

oatmeal cookie crumble
Heat a skillet over medium heat and add the butter. Once melted, toss in the oats, sugar, pecans, cinnamon and salt, stirring to coat. Cook, tossing and stirring often, until the oats toast and the sugar is caramely, about 5 to 6 minutes. Spread the mixture on a piece of parchment paper and let cool completely. Break apart into pieces and sprinkle on top of the meringue before serving.

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Now somebody please make me a stuffing bite.