Ivana asked for my recipe for the casserole I took to the Christmas dinner Saturday night. I have made this dish since I was tall enough to reach the stove, learning from my mother (who was a fabulous cook), but do you think I had a recipe written down? NO.
So I assembled the needed stuff:
And started putting it all together, and then decided I really needed two cans of yams for our big crowd, so here is the recipe…more or less…adjust according to taste:
Sweet Potato Casserole
2 L cans yams, drained
½ - 3/4 c packed brown sugar
1 tsp cinnamon
½ tsp nutmeg
½ c milk
1-2 Tbsp vanilla
4-6 Tbsp butter, softened
Optional: orange flavoring
Using mixer, mash up the yams till all lumps are gone, adding more milk if needed. Place in 9x13 pan that has been sprayed with Pam. Add topping (below), and bake at 325 degrees for 30 minutes.
½ c butter (or more), melted
1 c chopped pecans
8 oz box frosted flakes cereal, coarsely crushed (I use a Ziploc bag to crush them in)
Mix all together and place on top of yams.
And this was the present that Joy wound up with in the Chinese gift exchange:
What to do with that??? I don’t think Joy wants to drink out of that glass, so it’ll probably reappear at next year’s party…unless her son decides he wants it! I traded my turn for a bottle of Chardonnay that Bill had gotten, but you know I didn’t get to keep it for very long! Instead, I brought home a Dr. Seuss book for old people. Fitting.
Everyone had fun.
Life isn’t tied with a bow, but it’s still a gift. Go out and enjoy it, y’all!