Sweet Potato Gratin with Goat Cheese, Parmesan, and Thyme (Video)
If you like savory sweet potato recipes like I do, this Sweet Potato Gratin with Goat Cheese, Parmesan, and Thyme is perfect for Thanksgiving, and this recipe is low-glycemic, meatless, gluten-free, and South Beach Diet friendly. Use the Diet-Type Index to find more recipes like this one.
Watch the video to see if you might like to make Sweet Potato Gratin with Goat Cheese, Parmesan, and Thyme!
It’s time to start narrowing down your Thanksgiving menu, right? For people who are keeping it as low-carb as possible, I’ve given you 25+ Low-Carb and Gluten-Free Holiday Side Dishes, Appetizers and Salads as well as The BEST Low-Carb and Gluten-Free Thanksgiving Side Dishes, so if sweet potatoes are too high in carbs for you, go check those out! But I love Savory Sweet Potatoes and for a special holiday meal I wouldn’t pass up a small serving of this Sweet Potato Gratin with Goat Cheese, Parmesan, and Thyme. When I tested this recipe twice, (once with Jake and once with Kara), we absolutely could not stop eating these creamy sweet potatoes! And if I had to pick my one favorite sweet potato recipe on the blog, it would have to be this one!
Sweet Potato Gratin is a holiday treat, so it’s a little more indulgent than the usual things you find on this blog. I love the combination of cheese and cream (or half and half) that gives such creamy flavor here, but the recipe also has a lot of healthy low-glycemic sweet potatoes. And it’s also gluten-free for anyone who needs that!
And just a note about recipe formats. When I introduced you to the new-and-improved Kalyn’s Kitchen I mentioned how recipes had to be edited by hand to switch them to the new recipe format like you see in this recipe. I am spending a lot of time doing that, but I can tell it will be months (maybe years) before I’ll have all the 2,000+ recipes on the site switched over. I’m bringing it up because I’m getting comments and e-mails saying “I don’t see a print button.” For older recipes there’s still just a printer-friendly link after the recipes that takes you to a printable page with only the recipe. Then you use the regular print function on your computer to print the recipe (File/Print or Control/Print on most computers.) Thanks for your patience!
Try to find long thin orange-fleshed sweet potatoes for this recipe (also called yams in many U.S. stores.) Peel the sweet potatoes and cut in thin slices, about 1/4 inch thick. Layer the slices in a glass baking dish and season well with salt and pepper. (I used an oval 4-quart baking dish, but as you can see from the photos any 3-Quart Baking Dish would have been big enough, so don’t worry if that’s the size you have.)
Whisk together the softened goat cheese, thyme, and half and half. Spread half the goat cheese mixture over the sweet potatoes. Top that with half the Parmesan. Make another layer of seasoned sweet potatoes, goat cheese mixture, and Parmesan.
Bake covered with foil in a pre-heated 375F/190C oven. Then remove foil and bake 20-30 minutes more, or until the top is nicely browned and sweet potatoes are soft when you stick a fork in. And the bottom right photo is the iPhone pic of my leftovers that I shared on Instagram and started people asking for this recipe!
More Tasty Savory Sweet Potatoes to Enjoy:
Roasted Sweet Potatoes and Red Onions with Feta ~ Kalyn’s Kitchen
The Best Instant Pot Sweet Potatoes Recipes ~ Slow Cooker or Pressure Cooker
Sweet Potatoes with Blue Cheese And Bacon ~ Family Fresh Cooking
Twice-Baked Sweet Potatoes with Feta and Sumac~ Kalyn’s Kitchen
The Top Ten Recipes for Slow Cooker Sweet Potatoes ~ Slow Cooker or Pressure Cooker
Sweet Potato Gratin with Goat Cheese, Parmesan, and Thyme
- 3 pounds orange-fleshed sweet potatoes
- salt and fresh-ground black pepper to taste
- 8-10 oz. log soft goat cheese
- 1 cup half and half or cream
- 2 tsp. dried thyme
- 1 1/2 cups coarsely grated Parmesan
- Preheat oven to 375F/190C. Take goat cheese out of the fridge and let it soften at room temperature. Spray a 3-4 quart glass casserole with with non-stick spray or olive oil. (I used an oval 4-quart baking dish, but any 3-Quart Baking Dish would have been big enough.)
- Peel the sweet potatoes and cut into slices about 1/4 inch thick. (Don’t make them too thick or they will take longer to cook.)
- Put the softened goat cheese in a small bowl, add the half and half and the thyme, and whisk together until it’s smooth. (You can put the package of goat cheese in the microwave and heat in 10 second intervals until it’s soft to make this easier to mix.)
- Layer half the sweet potatoes in the baking dish and season well with salt and fresh-ground black pepper. Spread half the goat cheese mixture over the sweet potatoes and sprinkle on half the grated Parmesan. Make another layer each of sweet potatoes seasoned with salt and pepper, goat cheese mixture, and Parmesan.
- Cover the dish tightly with foil and bake 1 hour (or until the sweet potatoes are quite soft when you stick a fork in them.) Remove foil and bake 20-30 minutes more, until the sweet potatoes are very soft and the top is nicely browned. Serve hot.
- This will stay good in the fridge for several days and may have reheated a little too well, if you know what I mean. (I haven’t tried it, but I’m guessing the dish could be assembled in advance, refrigerated, then allowed to come to room temperature when it comes out of the fridge and baked later in the day, or possibly even the next day. If anyone tries that, please let us know how it works.)
Recipe created by Kalyn with recipe testing help from both Kara and Jake.All images and text ©
Low-Carb Diet / Low-Glycemic Diet / South Beach Diet Suggestions:
Sweet potatoes are probably too high in carbs to make this suitable for strictly low-carb eating plans. And admittedly this is kind of a rich dish for the South Beach Diet, but sweet potatoes are a healthy low-glycemic ingredient choice for South Beach, and I’d eat this for Phase 2 or 3 for a Thanksgiving indulgence, or for an occasional treat.
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