Your sweet potato casserole can be thickened by adding cheese, or by combining some of the leftover liquid or a small amount of milk with cornstarch (equal parts of each) (tbsp cornstarch to tbsp liquid, thoroughly mix), and flour-water liquid paste, if it contains cream, milk, or other dairy product.
When using cornstarch, pour it into the casserole, stir well and place it back in the oven, covered, to bring the remaining liquid to a boil.
The cornstarch will thicken the sauce and give it a lovely consistency. Repeat the process as needed. You can also do this on the stovetop if your casserole dish is stovetop safe.
When using flour-water paste, allow the dish to boil for a few minutes to cook the flour and remove the floury flavor.
Stay with me if you want to know more about thickening sweet potato casserole.
Steps to Thicken a Sweet Potato Casserole
The resulting dish is a creamy, comforting dish for eating not only for Thanksgiving but at any time of the year.
If you are looking to thicken your sweet potato casserole, there are a few different things that you can do.
- As mentioned earlier, add cornstarch or flour-water paste and bake further. 1 teaspoon corn starch to 1 cup casserole liquid, mixed thoroughly before adding to the casserole. Give it a thorough swirl, and it will thicken as it bubbles a little.
- Add more potatoes to the sweet potato casserole.
- Add any other thickening agents such as cheese, beaten eggs to firm up, or even canned pumpkin.
- Add more potatoes or potato flakes without any extra liquid.
- Bake extra without the lid to evaporate extra liquid.
These are all great ways to thicken your sweet potato casserole and make it just the way you like it. Thick and creamy, or light and fluffy, it is up to you! So get cooking and enjoy this Thanksgiving favorite.
LEARN MORE: Can You Use Ginger Powder in Elderberry Syrup?
Tips on Making a Thick Potato Casserole
Did you know that the sweet potato casserole is a relatively new addition to the Thanksgiving feast? It was actually first made in the 1950s.
And, while it is typically enjoyed in the United States, it is also popular in Japan where it is known as “kabocha Gohan.”
However, here are a few tips you can follow to have a thick sweet potato casserole:
- Don’t boil the potatoes, bake them. Boiling makes the potatoes retain liquid in them, making the casserole runny.
- Mash the potatoes well. This will help to make a thick casserole.
- Add some starch. Cornstarch or flour-water paste are both good thickeners.
- Add some fat. This will also help to make a thicker casserole.
- Bake the casserole for a longer time. This will help the potatoes to cook through and the casserole thickens.
Follow these tips, and you will be on your way to a delicious and thick sweet potato casserole!
LEARN MORE: Can You Use Elderberry Syrup on Pancakes?
Thanksgiving is just around the corner, and that means one thing – time to start thinking about your Thanksgiving menu! One of the dishes that is always a hit is sweet potato casserole.
Thicken your sweet potato casserole this Thanksgiving with these tips and enjoy a delicious and creamy dish! Or, try out this recipe for a thick and tasty casserole.
Whichever route you choose, we know you’ll love this classic Thanksgiving dish.
With a little effort, you will have a delicious and thick casserole that will be sure to please everyone at the table!