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Saturday, November 28, 2015

Donna's Sweet Potato Casserole

Just in time for the holidays. The dish most requested by my sister-in-law, Shirley, this concoction is more like a dessert than a vegetable. Don't even think about calories or cholesterol. Serve hot. Enjoy.
Right before it goes into the oven. 

3 C. canned Sweet Potatoes or Yams (I use Bruce's Yams)
1 C. Dark Brown Sugar
3 Eggs, beaten (It is possible to use EggBeaters.)
1/2 Stick butter, melted (1/4 C.)
1/2 C. 1/2 and 1/2 (I've even used Vanilla Creamer. Yummy!)

Mash potatoes. Stir in sugar, margarine, eggs, and milk. Pour in baking dish.


1 C. Dark Brown Sugar
1/2 C. Flour
1 C. Chopped Pecans (If you've bought whole pecans, keep out a few for garnish.)
1 Stick butter (1/2 C.)

Mix topping ingredients. Spread on top of potatoes. Garnish with whole pecans. Bake uncovered in 375 degree oven for about 30 minutes until heated through and topping is golden brown. To me it's best when the top is nice and crunchy!

*I got an email from someone who'd tried my recipe, and loved it! The only thing - the center wasn't quite done in 30 minutes. I make mine in a fairly large baking dish, because I like for the topping to be spread out (and sometimes I make extra, too!), so if you're using a deeper baking dish, you might want to leave it in the oven for about 40 minutes. Just watch to make sure the topping isn't burning. If it's browning too quickly, cover with aluminum foil.


Rena said...

This sounds really good, Donna. Sweet potatoes are my favorite dish for both Thanksgiving and Christmas. Lately, I've been making them with fresh cranberries and granola. It's really good because it's sweet and tart. This year I'm altering the recipe and trying it in the crock-pot, and adding mini-marshmallows on top at the end. :)

Donna J. Shepherd said...

I like cranberries and granola. That sounds good! Hope the new recipe turn out well. Happy Thanksgiving!

Laura Pagels said...

Hi Donna. Can I cook and peel my sweet potatos today and bake my casserole tomorrow? If so, how do I store them overnight?

Happy Thanksgiving,

Donna J. Shepherd said...

Hi, Laura, Can you believe I didn't see your question until today? I'm sorry!

If you want to make this ahead of time, you can either mix it all up and bake it before dinner OR go ahead and bake it, then heat it up.

My family squabbles over who gets to take home the leftovers because they heat up well. The topping will get even crispier. Watch that you don't burn it though. I suggest that if you make it ahead and are re-heating that you cover it with aluminum foil. Hope you had a great dinner!