Friday, November 2, 2012

My Mom's Sweet Potato Casserole {Thanksgiving Link Up}

Thanksgiving, one of our most cherished holidays, is unbelievably just around the corner!  To help get us ready for the Big Day, Savannah over at Hammock Tracks, is hosting a Thanksgiving Recipe Link Up!  

Not to take away any of The Turkey's much-deserved glory, but for our family, it just wouldn't be Thanksgiving without my Mom's famous Sweet Potato Casserole!  I've never had any other sweet potato dish that could come close to this culinary masterpiece! 

My Dad gets a craving for it about once a month and makes himself some!  ;)  But we keep it perched on the holiday pedestal by only making it for Thanksgiving and Christmas!  

If you only try one new recipe this Thanksgiving, make it my Mom's Famous Sweet Potato Casserole, and you won't have any regrets!  :)

Sweet Potato Casserole
Peel, quarter, and cook sweet potatoes until fork-tender. Mash well. Measure out six cups and proceed with recipe.  (After learning that baking your sweet potatoes in the jackets is a preferable cooking method, as it preserves more nutrients as well as more flavor, I started baking my sweet potatoes instead.  You may use either method you prefer.)

Beat together thoroughly:

6 cups whipped sweet potatoes
1 cup sugar
1 tsp salt
4 eggs, beaten
2/3 stick butter, melted
1 cup evaporated milk
2 tsp vanilla-butternut flavoring (Do NOT substitute regular vanilla!)

Pour mixture into greased 9x13"  or 10x12" baking dish and cover with topping:

2 cups brown sugar
1 cup all-purpose flour

2 cups chopped pecans
2/3 stick butter, melted

Mix topping with hands. Sprinkle on top of sweet potato mixture and bake at 350 degrees F for 35 to 45 minutes, or until topping is browned and mixture is bubbly.

This can be made ahead and refrigerated for 3-4 days or frozen.  (When freezing, I usually freeze the sweet potato mixture in one zip-lock bag and the topping in another zip-lock bag and then assemble in a baking dish when ready to bake.)

This casserole is a perfect addition to your usual Thanksgiving Dinner!!!  (Note:  turkey and customary sides optional!)  ;)  

1 comment:

Lita said...

I am with your dad. I could have this more than twice a year too. Sounds delicious. The picture of that plate is beautiful. (good enough to eat). Thanks for sharing your family recipe. Drop by and leave us a family cookie recipe for our Holiday Cookie Exchange.

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