Friday, October 24, 2014

Sweet Potato Casserole

One of our traditional holiday dishes is Sweet Potato casserole.  I try to make it every Thanksgiving and Christmas, and on special occasions throughout the year.  There are dozens of recipes for it; here is how I make mine.

Wash three pounds of sweet potatoes and put them on to boil until they are soft.  It usually takes about 45 minutes.

Drain them in a colander and let them cool.

Remove the peelings.  It is really easy after the sweet potatoes are cooked.  Put in a large bowl and whip them until they are smooth.

Add one cup of sugar.  I know that is a lot of sugar, but it makes a big casserole.

Add three beaten eggs.

Add 1/2 cup milk.  I usually use half-and-half, but I was out so I used evaporated milk. It works just as well. You can also use pure cream if you are trying to gain some weight.  Mix it all together.

Add 1/2 stick soft butter and two teaspoons of vanilla.

Mix it all together one more time and put in a 9" x 13" casserole dish that has been sprayed with oil.

This part is finished and it is time to make the topping.

Use 1/2 cup brown sugar, 1/2 cup self-rising flour, and 1 cup of chopped pecans in a bowl.  Mix them together.

When it looks like this, add 1/2 cup melted butter.  This part is a little messy, and I have found that the easiest way is mixing it with my hands.  I don't have a photo of that because I had butter all over my hands and couldn't use the camera.

Spread the  mixture over the top of the casserole.  Again, I use my hand because I can't seem to get it right with a spoon or fork. 
Bake in a 350 degree over for approximately 25 minutes.

We like ours browned like this, although others prefer it a little darker.  It is your casserole; bake it as long as you want to! Just watch it closely; it browns quickly at this point.

We took this casserole to a pot-luck supper the same day I made it.  It does my heart good to see people going back for seconds.  There wasn't any left, so I know the folks there loved it.  I will definitely make another one soon.