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Sweet Potato Casserole

18 Nov

Sweet Potato Casserole

Have I mentioned how I love Thanksgiving? I’m sure I have. It’s my most favorite holiday.

I have such wonderful memories of my Grandmother and the way she made me feel so loved and cherished with her Thanksgiving Day dishes. She is/was my hero and my role model in every way. This is just another dish that is a must in some form on my table that day.

Ingredients:   6 to 8 servings

  • 3 pounds sweet potatoes
  • 1/3 cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • 3 Tb unsalted butter
  • 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/8 tsp allspice
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • pinch of salt

Topping Ingredients:

  • 1 cup pecans, chopped
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/8 tsp allspice
  • 1/8 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 cup dried cranberries, minced
  • 4 slices of bacon, light fried, cut into small pieces

Pierce the sweet potatoes several times with a fork. Place on a baking sheet and cook in a 325 oven for about 1 hour to 90 minutes, until they are very soft. You can tell they’re soft enough when you can easily pierce into the middle of them with a fork. Remove from the oven and cool slightly. Once they are cool enough to handle cut in half and scoop out the flesh from the skins.

In a large bowl combine the sweet potato flesh, brown sugar, cream, butter, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, vanilla and salt. Using an electric mixer on medium speed beat all those ingredients until smooth, a couple of minutes or so.

Spoon the mixture into a buttered baking dish. Combine all of the topping ingredients, stir until mixed well and sprinkle over the potato mixture. (Make ahead option: At this point you can cover the casserole with plastic wrap and refrigerate up to 2 days to be baked in the future. When ready to bake, microwave on warm setting for about 5 minutes then proceed with baking directions.)

Bake at 325 for about 30 minutes until thoroughly heated. Serve warm and from the baking dish.

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Posted by on November 18, 2012 in Casseroles, Thanksgiving, Vegetables

 

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