Sweet Potato Rounds with Cranberry, Feta and Hazelnuts

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Sweet Potato Rounds with Cranberry, Feta and Hazelnuts

a photo of a roasted sweet potato round topped with cranberry sauce, feta cheese, and hazelnuts.

Sweet potato rounds are like crostinis that you load up with goodness, but it’s all on top of roasted sweet potatoes making them a totally delicious and healthy side dish.


Years ago I started making little sweet potato rounds for our Christmas dinner. We did the gruyere sweet potato stacks the most but then with leftover cranberry sauce I started to experiment and eventually that led me to an adapted version of sweet potato rounds by Tidy Mom. I absolutely love making these and they are surprisingly very easy.

I love that I can use leftover cranberry sauce or fig spread. The cheese is also easy to swap and mix up. But most of all, I love that they taste absolutely scrumptious while looking stunning. Sometimes the best food is the ugliest, but that is not the case here!!



What Do I Need to Make Sweet Potato Rounds?

Just wait until you read all the delicious ingredients that go into this recipe! So much flavor in every bite…this is what you will need:

  • Sweet Potatoes – you can peel the sweet potatoes if you want but I like to leave the skins on
  • Olive Oil – used to roast the sweet potato rounds
  • Fresh Orange Zest – you can’t beat the flavor of fresh citrus and it plays so well with the flavor of the toppings
  • Kosher Salt – adds so much flavor
  • Black Pepper – adds flavor and a teeny tiny kick
  • Cranberry Sauce – you can use our recipe or make your own, but definitely make it from scratch
  • Crumbled Feta – buy the brick of feta and crumble it yourself


For the Nuts

  • Hazelnuts – easily swapped out for other nuts if you want, but roasted hazelnuts are so perfect for the holidays!
  • Butter – helps roast the nuts and adds richness and flavor
  • Cinnamon – adds flavor and warmth


For the Drizzle

  • Honey – acts as the base for the drizzle and adds natural sweetness
  • Balsamic Vinegar – adds a sweet tangy punch to the drizzle
  • Fresh Thyme – adds a bright pop of flavor and freshness
The measurements for all of the ingredients can be found in the recipe card down below.

Cheese Substitutes

If you aren’t a feta fan or want to change things up a little, then these are my suggestions for some possible cheese substitutes:

  • Gorgonzola
  • Bleu Cheese
  • Gruyere
  • Goats Cheese
  • Parmesan Aged White Cheddar
  • Manchego

Nut Substitutes

Hazelnuts can be a little harder to find than other nuts so if you have a hard time finding them or aren’t a fan, then try swapping them with any of these:

The Little Things Newsletter #390

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Welcome to the weekend, my friends! It’s hard to believe that Thanksgiving is the week after next. (Unless of course, you’re Canadian and Thanksgiving was celebrated a month ago. In that case, Happy belated Thanksgiving, friends!) Wasn’t it the first of September just yesterday? 

I’ll be spending time this weekend immersed in the oh-so-exciting tasks of cleaning out the pantry, refrigerator, and freezer to make sure we’re ready to go for the holidays. While I’m at it, I should probably make sure that we get the patio furniture put away before the first snow arrives too.

ON THE BLOGS THIS WEEK: Ground beef Philly cheesesteaks are a tasty, convenient twist on the classic Philadelphia sandwich. This skillet version is prepared using ground beef instead of thinly sliced ribeye or sirloin steak, making it a quicker and budget-friendly option.

If you want something a little different for your Thanksgiving this year, this roast turkey with herbs and wine is a great way to go. Using this method, you can cook a 12-pound turkey in under an hour.

This homemade brown gravy is delicious on turkey, chicken, beef, potatoes, poutine, and more – best of all, it’s easily made without any meat drippings.

When you combine crisp, tender green beans with earthy artichoke hearts, and bathe them in a garlicky cream sauce, the result is a whole new kind of green bean artichoke casserole that is certain to be a win on your holiday table.

These roasted Brussels sprouts and sweet potatoes (with bacon!) combine savory, sweet, and smoky flavors perfectly.

Pieces of fudge and chocolate-covered peanuts dance through swirls of rich fudge sauce in this tin roof sundae ice cream.

All the awesome buttery sweet pecan pie goodness of the classic pie in a cobbler-style dessert that you can stir together in just a few minutes? Absolutely! This Pecan Pie Cobbler was a HUGE win from the very first bite.

What I’m CRAVING: My friend Gina’s Tuna Waldorf Salad caught my eye this week and it sounds like the perfect lunch for after church tomorrow. I’m going to grab some grapes and more apples at the store tonight.

My FAVORITE THINGS this week are these tiny reading li

Paula Deen Banana Pudding

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Paula Deen Banana Pudding

a slice of creamy banana cream pudding with chessman cookies on top

Not Yo Momma’s Paula Deen Banana Pudding is a fluffy mixture of creamy pudding and whipped cream with cream cheese and sweetened condensed milk. Plus it’s served with Chessman Cookies on the bottom and on top!

I loved banana pudding anything as a little girl. If lip smackers had been smart when I was entering jr high they would have made bank off of a lip gloss for banana pudding anything. 

Did you buy Lip Smackers as well? Something like, white cake batter, or Dr Pepper? Those were the good ol’ days. 

Paula Deen’s Not Yo Mama’s Banana Pudding 

Paula Deen Banana Pudding, or the full name, Paula Deen’s Not Yo Momma’s (or Mama’s) Banana Pudding is a little bit deceiving so I just want to get this out of the way first, it’s not a banana pudding recipe

I mean, it is. There are banana slices under the pudding. But the actual pudding is a french vanilla pudding whipped up with sweetened condensed milk and cream cheese. 

That’s a legit pudding dessert

Ingredients for Not Yo Momma’s Banana Pudding

Here’s your quick grocery list to make your banana pudding with Chessman Cookies. 

  • Chessman Cookies: traditionally used in a classic recipe for banana pudding and can be found on the cookie aisle
    • Fun Fact: This recipe is sometimes known as Chessman banana pudding!
  • French Vanilla Instant Pudding Box: make sure it is instant pudding and not cook & serve pudding
  • Cool Whip: if you can’t find a 12oz tub of Cool Whip, use 1 and half of the 8oz tubs
  • Cream Cheese: make sure it is room temperature so that it doesn’t get lumpy
  • Sweetened Condensed Milk: adds sweetness and creaminess to the dessert
  • Milk: combines with the pudding mix the create the pudding
  • Bananas: ripe bananas are the best for their sweetness and bold banana flavor

The measurements for each ingredient can be found in the recipe card at the end of this post.

Substitute for Chessman Cookies

Vanilla Wafers are the best substitute for Chessman cookies if you can’t find them. Chessman Cookies are usually by the Pepperidge Farm brand so look by the Mint Milano cookies.

How to Make Paula Deen Banana Pudding  

  1. Set the Cool Whip in the fridge or on the counter for a faster thaw.
  2. Whisk milk and the instant pudding mix together in a small bowl. 
  3. In another bowl, blend the cream cheese and sweetened condensed milk with a handheld electric mixer.
  4. Fold the Cool Whip into the cream cheese mixture. 
  5. Stir together the vanilla pudding mixture and cream cheese mixture. 
  6. Layer 1 bagof cookies on the bottom of a 9×13 dish, top the cookies with a layer of bananas. 
  7. Pile on the pudding.

Tin Roof Sundae Ice Cream

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Chopped fudge pieces and salty, chocolate-covered peanuts dance through swirls of rich fudge sauce in this Tin Roof Sundae Ice Cream.

Close-up of ice cream

Tin Roof Ice Cream

This was my Grandpa McGinnis’ favorite ice cream. I never really liked tin roof ice cream much as a kid, as peanuts in ice cream just weren’t my thing. But, as an adult, I sure do love this homemade version.

Maybe it’s that the peanuts are covered in chocolate. Maybe it’s the decadent fudge sauce. Or, maybe it’s the chewy chunks of fudge. But, when you put all three of them together, there’s no maybe about it. Each spoonful is magical.

With this tinroof sundae recipe, you can use pretty much any fudge you may have on hand. At my house during the holidays, that makes this recipe a very appealing choice in the fall and winter seasons.

If you don’t have fudge on hand, I’ve got you covered. You can whip up a batch of this incredible homemade fudge in just 5 minutes. Just leave out the pecans, and it will be perfect for this ice cream.

Overhead shot of ice cream

With over 70 ice cream recipes here to choose from, there’s sure to be an ice cream for everyone! If you’re new