When I saw the Simply Recipes’ Sweet Potato Casserole With Marshmallows was one of the top Google results, I immediately added it to my list of sweet potato casserole recipe candidates. Simply Recipes has led me to countless successes over the years, and I was optimistic that this casserole would turn me into someone who loves marshmallows on their sweet potato casserole.
The recipe calls for mashing roasted sweet potatoes with orange zest and juice, which sounded light and crisp. The topping technique is also unique. Instead of using mini marshmallows, the recipe calls for cutting large marshmallows in half to reveal the gooey cores, which will spread more easily than the cornstarch-coated outsides. I was excited to try this technique.
Get the recipe: Simply Recipes Sweet Potato Casserole With Marshmallows
How do you make sweet potato casserole with marshmallows?
To start with, I halved the sweet potatoes and roasted them at 200°C on a baking paper-lined and oiled baking tray. Once soft, I peeled them and mashed them with butter, the zest of an orange and 1/2 cup orange juice. I put it all in a baking dish, drizzled the top with extra butter, and put it back in the oven at 375°F until warmed through, about 30 minutes.
While that was happening I cut an entire bag of large marshmallows in half for the topping. Once heated through, I added the marshmallows to the top and popped it back in the oven one last time to melt and brown the marshmallows.
My honest review of Simply Recipes sweet potato and marshmallow casserole
These sweet potatoes are cooked most evenly and thoroughly in the suggested time. They had no blackened spots, which can sometimes happen with sweet potatoes when they caramelize. And I didn’t have to keep opening and closing the oven to check them. They were also easy to peel and effortless to mash by hand.
The only problem I had with the prep work was that I didn’t get half a cup of orange juice from one orange. Luckily I picked up an extra orange when I was at the store just in case. When it came to cooking, I struggled with the marshmallow topping. I let the casserole with the marshmallows cook almost twice as long as the recipe called for and still didn’t get any browning – 100°C is not hot enough. I finally turned on the grill for a minute.
Despite a few hiccups, this was definitely the easiest recipe. But how did it taste? Well, like a creamsicle! Sweetening the sweet potatoes with orange juice doesn’t make them candy-like, but the orange flavor is quite strong. The sweet potatoes on their own aren’t bad, but when combined with the large amount of marshmallow, I definitely got dessert vibes.
As for the marshmallows, using the larger version certainly delivered the ultramelty, gooey topping as promised. But I didn’t think that was such a good thing. This recipe not only had the most added toppings, but also required the least weight of sweet potatoes. The ratio was not balanced. This was less sweet potato and more melted, sugary sauce.