December 4, 2011

Sweet Potato Casserole

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For 3 1/2 years, I worked at a restaurant.  That restaurant had a Thanksgiving buffet.  Therefore, for 3 years, I worked on Thanksgiving.

They served this sweet potato casserole on the buffet one particular year.  The cook to whom the recipe belongs no long works there, so I'm pretty sure they don't serve it anymore. 

A group of customers liked this casserole so much that they begged me to give them the recipe.  I didn't know the recipe to begin with.  However, they persisted and promised to send me real Vermont maple syrup in exchange for the recipe.  That's right, they had traveled to Pennsylvania, to visit friends, from Vermont for Thanksgiving.

I managed to get the recipe.  My mom got such a kick out of the whole story that she made a copy of the recipe for herself and has since been making this casserole for every Thanksgiving and Christmas since 2006.

I mailed them the recipe.  They mailed me maple syrup, along with a cute little cream/syrup pitcher that now sits in my kitchen.

Sweet Potato Casserole
makes a 9x13 pan

4 sweet potatoes (yams), cubed and cooked
1/4 cup butter (half a stick)
2 eggs
1 t. cinnamon
1 t. nutmeg
1/2 t. salt
1/2 cup milk

1 cup shredded coconut
1 cup chopped nuts (walnuts or pecans)
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup butter (half a stick), softened
1/2 cup flour

In a large bowl, combine the cooked sweet potato cubes, butter, milk and seasonings.  Mix well with an electric mixer.  Add the eggs and combine well.  Spread into a 9x13 pan.

In another bowl, mix the coconut, nuts, and flour.  Crumble in the softened butter.  It's like making a crisp or crumble.

Top the sweet potatoes with the crumble mixture and spread evenly.

Bake at 400 degrees for 25-30 minutes until brown on top.

*I'm well-aware that these are yams, as yams are orange.  "Yam Casserole" doesn't sound nearly as appealing though.

Being Shared At:
Sweet Indulgences Sunday
Savory Sunday
Melt in Your Mouth Monday

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