Pam's Rooty Fruity Casserole

Pam's Rooty Fruity Casserole Recipe

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Pam Ellingson


Love these challenges. Didn't get this recipe entered in time, but I thought it was good enough to post. Would be a great alternative to those marshmallow covered Sweet Potatoes.
I originally made this with sliced veggies and apples (trying to be "fancy"), but it was difficult to serve, so I changed it to cubes. I will make it again and post a picture of the corrected casserole.

★★★★★ 1 vote
20 Min
1 Hr 15 Min



1 large
1 large
sweet potato
1 large
apple (i used gala)
6 oz
cream cheese, frozen and shredded
4 oz
butter, frozen and shredded


1 medium
3 to 4 Tbsp
frozen orange juice concentrate
1 tsp
orange zest
1 tsp
1 to 1 1/2 c
1/4 c


3 to 4 Tbsp
melted butter
1 c
panko or dry bread crumbs (unseasoned)
1/4 tsp
fresh nutmeg
1 tsp
orange zest
2 Tbsp
brown sugar
1/2 c
coarsely chopped pecans


fresh orange slices and sprigs of mint

How to Make Pam's Rooty Fruity Casserole


  • 1Note: Place cream cheese and butter in the freezer for at least 1 hour or overnight for ease of shredding.
  • 2Preheat oven to 375°. Spray a 3-4 qt casserole with cooking spray. Zest and juice the orange and reserve.
  • 3Peel Rutabaga and chop into 3/4" dice. Place in small microwaveable bowl with 1 or 2 Tbsp water, cover with plastic wrap and steam on high for a few minutes until almost tender and drain. Peel sweet potato and chop into 3/4" dice.
    Leave apple unpeeled, core and chop into 3/4" dice.
  • 4Toss veggies and apple together in a medium bowl and sprinkle with some of the orange juice to prevent discoloring.
  • 5In a small bowl, place the remaining orange juice, OJ concentrate, 1 tsp orange zest, salt, water and cornstarch and mix well.
  • 6Remove cream cheese and butter from freezer and shred on the coarse holes of a grater onto a sheet of waxed paper.
  • 7In the prepared casserole, place a layer of veggie cubes, a pinch of salt (if desired), then a layer of shredded cream cheese mixture. Repeat layers with remaining ingredients.
  • 8Stir the sauce again if the cornstarch has settled, and pour over veggies in the casserole. Set aside.
  • 9Melt butter in a 2 cup microwaveable container. Add crumbs, nutmeg, brown sugar, and 1 tsp orange zest. Mix together well. Add pecans, mix and sprinkle topping over the veggies.
  • 10Bake, covered with foil for a total of approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes. Remove foil for last 30 minutes or so of baking to allow to brown. Remove from oven and let cool for a few minutes. Garnish with a slice of orange and some mint sprigs.

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About Pam's Rooty Fruity Casserole

Course/Dish: Vegetables
Main Ingredient: Vegetable
Regional Style: American