The official name of this is printed above, but my name for it is “Heaven on a Plate”. Everyone that has tried this has agreed with me, so maybe I should write Juli at paleomg.com and suggest she change the name. I think she would totally go for it. Anyway, this is another one of my absolute favorite vegetable recipes. It does take some time, so be patient; it is well worth the wait.
- 2 sweet potatoes, sliced thin (best way is to use a food processor or mandoline type slicer)
- 1 yellow onion, sliced thin (see above for best way to slice this also)
- 1/4 cup almond meal
- 1 can coconut milk
- 4 tablespoons coconut butter
- 4 tablespoons almond butter
- 2 tablespoons agave (or honey)
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- Salt and pepper, to taste
- Enough bacon to cover the top OR cook and put inside
- Preheat your oven to 375ºF.
- Grease a 9×13 baking dish with whatever kind of fat you’d like. (Her note is that she used bacon fat because she is incredibly intelligent but you can do what you want.)
- Thinly slice your sweet potatoes and onions.
- Now you’re going to start the layering process. Start layering the sweet potatoes in lines so you can’t see the bottom of the dish. Then layer with a little onion and a little almond meal. No need to pile it on, you’ll have many layers to go.
- Keep on layering until all your sweet potatoes are gone.
- Now make the saucey sauce. Pull out a saucepan and put over medium heat.
- Add your coconut milk, coconut butter, almond butter, agave (or honey), and spices to the saucepan and stir until the coconut butter and almond butter have cooked. Don’t boil. We don’t need caramel.
- Once everything is mixed together, pour the mixture over the sweet potato layers. Then top off everything with a little bit more almond meal.
- Cover the rest of the dish with strips of bacon (unless you chopped and cooked it to add into your gratin).
- Cover your baking dish with aluminum foil and put in the oven for around 30 minutes.
- Once the 30 minutes are up, pull out the dish, remove the aluminum foil, and put the dish under the broiler for about 3-5 minutes, or until bacon is nice and crispy (or however you like yours).
- Let cool for 10 minuts or so then dig in. (Seriously, this is another one to let cool the whole 10 minutes unless you want to burn your taste buds right off.)
Direct link: http://paleomg.com/paleo-thanksgiving-sweet-potato-gratin/