Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Sweet Potato Casserole

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

15-20 servings

2 L cans yams, drained
½ - 3/4 c packed brown sugar
3 eggs
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.


Sweet Potato Casserole

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!


ivana said...

Thank you so much!

The new kitchen arrives in half an hour....I'll try!!!!!
So busy!!!
Big hugsssss!!!!

And Miles To Go... said...

sounds delicious and very Autumn! Happy Autumnal Equinox today!

Haley D. said...

It is delish! Thanks for posting the recipe.

Sarge Charlie said...

I want some.......... My mother made one with shredded coconut, it was great.

Empress Bee (of the High Sea) said...

sarge loves sweet potato casserole. i just like mine plain and baked. the party sounds like it was lots of fun!

smiles, bee

Sandee said...

Sounds really good. I've never had sweet potato casserole before. Let me know next time you make it and we'll come over.

Have a terrific day honey. Big hug. :)

Linda said...

I've never been a fan of sweet potatoes but I bet I could be persuaded to try at least a bite or two!

A Doctor Suess book for adults, eh? Sounds interesting though not as interesting as the bottle of Chardonnay would have been!

Barb said...

I love sweet potatoes, but I've never enjoyed anything topped with corn flakes.

Dr. Seuss for old people? He's for all people!

Big hugs :]

Carrie and Laton said...

Oh, I am going to try that. We always made ours in a ball around a marshmallow and rolled in pecans and then baked. I think I will use your topping recipe. Will really add some crunch.