Sweet Potato Strudel with Brown Butter and Cranberries

“MY DREAM IS TO BECOME A FARMER.  JUST A BOHEMIAN GUY PULLING UP HIS OWN SWEET POTATOES FOR DINNER.”  Lenny Kravitz

Sweet Potato Strudel with Brown Butter & Cranberries | From My Sweet Heart

I am with Lenny on this quote! There is so much I would be willing to give up just to live life more simply.  You know how complicated life can feel sometimes.  The more we can simplify, the better off we are, right?

Well this sweet potato strudel recipe is very simple.  But it doesn’t compromise in flavor.  It’s a simple combination of sweet potatoes, carrots, brown butter, golden raisins, cranberries, pecans, salt and pepper! And that’s it!  All rolled up in puff pastry and it doesn’t get any easier or more satisfying than this! 

 

 

Sweet Potato Strudel with Brown Butter & Cranberries | From My Sweet Heart

 

I love savory baking; especially in the fall and winter.  And around the holidays, I am always looking for an alternative to the typical sweet potato casseroles.  This is a very festive and unique savory strudelAnd it would make a great accompaniment to any main dish or a perfect little lunch all by itself.  Don’t let working with the phyllo dough intimidate you.  Especially for this recipe, it’s easier than you think.

 

 

Sweet Potato Strudel with Brown Butter & Cranberries | From My Sweet Heart

 

Serves:  8 simple sweet potato lovers!

Level of Difficulty:  easy, the sweet potato filling may be made ahead of time

 

 

SWEET POTATO FILLING:

  • 2 medium sweet potatoes, peeled and sliced
  • 2 large carrots, peeled and sliced
  • 1/4 cup of dried cranberries
  • 1/4 cup of golden raisins
  • 8 Tablespoons of unsalted butter
  • 8  (9 x 13 inch) sheets of phyllo dough
  • 1/4 cup of pecans, toasted and finely chopped
  • course sea salt and freshly cracked pepper

 

 

Sweet Potato Strudel with Brown Butter & Cranberries | From My Sweet Heart

 

Place the potatoes and carrots in a pan and add enough hot water to cover the vegetables. Add a large pinch of salt.  Cook them over high heat until they are fork tender.  Drain them and set them aside.

Toss the golden raisins and the cranberries in a small bowl and pour some of the hot water from the sweet potatoes to cover the fruit.  Let them sit for about 10 minutes to plump them.   And then drain them.

Put the butter in a small saucepan over high heat.  Let the butter melt while stirring continuously until the butter starts to brown on the bottom of the pan.  It may start to bubble and foam a bit.  But it should have a medium brown color and a nutty scent.  Immediately take it off the heat and pour into a bowl.

Smash the cooked potatoes and carrots with a potato masher or pastry cutter.  You actually want a slightly lumpy consistency.  Stir 3 Tablespoons of the brown butter into the vegetables.  Blend in the cranberries and raisins.  Season with salt and pepper to taste.

 

 

Sweet Potato Strudel with Brown Butter & Cranberries | From My Sweet Heart

 

ASSEMBLY:

Preheat the oven to 375°F.  Layer a baking sheet with parchment paper.  Unroll the phyllo dough and lay it on a flat, clean work surface.  Place one sheet of dough on the prepared baking sheet.  Brush with melted brown butter.  Sprinkle lightly with a few of the pecans and a pinch of course sea salt.  Repeat this with the remaining 7 sheets of phyllo; buttering and sprinkling with pecans and salt.  I don’t fuss with covering the phyllo with a wet towel which is often done to keep the phyllo from drying out.  Just work quickly. 

 

 

Sweet Potato Strudel with Brown Butter & Cranberries | From My Sweet Heart

 

Carefully spoon the vegetable mix along one of the long edges of the dough and shape into a tube.  Starting with the filling side of the dough, roll the strudel tightly into a log.  Place it in the center of the baking sheet, brush with the remaining butter, sprinkle with pecans and sea salt .

Bake until golden brown, about 25 minutes.  Remove to a cooling rack and allow to cool just slightly.  Transfer the strudel to a cutting board.  Cut the strudel into pieces using a serrated knife.  Serve warm and enjoy!

 

Sweet Potato Strudel with Brown Butter & Cranberries | From My Sweet Heart

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Recipe adapted from Savory Baking.

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Comments

  1. It’s sweet and savory and absolutely gorgeous! Puff pastry keeps trying to pull me in and sooner or later I’ll have to let it. Very creative use of sweet potatoes.

  2. This is such a cool idea. You always come up with such interesting recipes. How I wish I lived nearby so I could just “happen” to pop by at dinnertime. Lol! Hope you are having a great week.

  3. I love the combination of sweet and savory and I would never turn down puff pastry. Looks fantastic as usual. :)

  4. This looks fantastic Anne. I agree that simpler can be better in many cases and this strudel looks like it is very definitely following that guideline!!

  5. How cool are you? This is AWESOME! I am a fan of sweet potatoes – and this is absolutely stunning and SO creative!

  6. What a great idea! Nice combination of sweet and savory, and I never would have thought to do it. This would be so elegant for Thanksgiving…

  7. I need to eat more sweet potatoes. This looks amazing. How creative!

  8. What a perfect combination of sweet and savory, Anne! I would have never thought to put these flavors in a strudel! You are genius!

  9. They’re not only appealing to the eye but they look delicious! Thanks for sharing, buzzed it =]

  10. Sweet potatoes take on a whole new meaning, once you see these pastry slices! This is an awesome combination of flavors. Stunning and delicious.

  11. Even I believe in living life in a simple way. This a super-healthy treat with sweet potatoes, carrots and cranberries! Loved it.

  12. hometownfriend says:

    Anne, a simple life and delicious strudel, count me in!

  13. Mmmmm….I think we were both on the same wavelength with our sweet side dishes! This looks fabulous, especially with the addition of the dried cranberries :)

  14. Ace dish! Savory baking is a great new category. Don’t get me wrong, I love my sweets but there’s something so wonderfully seasonal about a savory strudel :) Buzzed!

  15. Hee-hee, love the Kravitz quote. These look like small bites of heaven Anne. I love all of the ingredients you’ve assembled for this strudel – cranberry, raisin, pecan *with* sweet potato/carrot – wow. A powerhouse of colour and flavour and I can only imagine how wonderful your home must smell when these are baking… love the idea of savoury!

  16. You are a genius! These look incredibly tasty and so unusual. Thanks for sharing this wonderful recipe. I am thinking these would be great for the upcoming holiday parties.

  17. Beautiful and very creative. I have some sweet potatoes at home just waiting for this recipe!

  18. Yes please and more please! This looks so good and perfect for fall with all those wonderful flavors… great littleappetizer for our Halloween party!

  19. Anne, you had me at sweet potatoes with this one! I don’t think I’ve ever seen a sweet potato I didn’t love! :D

  20. Yum! What a recipe. I am intrigued with this new savory baking category. I can’t wait to see what else you come up with for it.

  21. I really love your combination of ingredients. And what colors! Great recipe.

  22. I love that quote, too! I want Lenny to take me with him! ;-)

    This strudel sounds fantastic!

  23. Simple, but delicious!!! You just have the knack for putting the right flavors together to make a dish sing!! Hope you’re having a great weekend!! ~ Ramona

  24. Love it!

  25. Well, this is what I call a delicious dessert! The photo is great! I can even smell it :-)!!

  26. Really creative! I cannot wait to try this out.

  27. Soups and pies, thank God for Autumn! Can’t remember the last time we had a pear pie and you’ve inspired us. Adam loves pears adn eats them daily during the fall, but a pear pie will make a nice surprise.

  28. Awwww…thanks all for your wonderful comments! Hope you’ll try this maybe for the upcoming holidays! : )

  29. Wow, that looks amazing, the colours are just fab and I’m sure it’s delicious too!

  30. I made this over Thanksgiving and it was simply delicious. Great textures, colors and flavors combine into a keeper recipe. I happened to have some fresh sage and tossed a couple of leaves into the butter as I took it off the stove and took them right back out to give just a hint of the flavor. My taste testers definitely approved of this one.

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