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Tick-tock. Do you hear the clock on the wall? The clock is spinning, the calendar is flipping, and it is almost Thanksgiving! Where did this year go? I am cooking more this year than I have in years past. My husband likes it when I practice recipes prior to big events, and I’m perfecting this Sweet Potato Casserole this week. Doesn’t it look delicious?
The great thing about this recipe is that I can make the components the evening before, refrigerate them, and then bake the casserole the next day. This comes in handy when cooking for big events.
- (3) sweet potatoes
- (1) cup brown sugar, packed (divided)
- (1) large egg
- Vanilla extract
- (1/2) cup milk
- (1/2) cup melted butter, divided
- (1/3) organic flour
- (1) cup crushed pecans
- (1/4) tsp. cinnamon
Remember that your finished casserole is only as good as the ingredients. I love baking with fresh sweet potatoes and crunchy pecans.
Peel the sweet potatoes. Cut them into 1/2 inch slices. Place them in a large pot and cover them with water. Bring them to a boil, then cover and reduce heat to low. Cook until the potatoes until they will break apart when poked with fork, about 20-25 minutes.
Drain the potatoes and mash. Let cool for 10 minutes.
Combine the sweet potatoes with milk, (1/2) cup of brown sugar, egg, (1/4) cup melted butter, a dash of vanilla, and cinnamon. Combine thoroughly.
Set the sweet potato mixture aside.
FOR MAKE AHEAD: If making this recipe the day before, do all of the above, but after the mixture has cooled refrigerate it overnight.
Combine the remaining ingredients in a bowl.
FOR MAKE AHEAD: If making this recipe the day before, place the mixture in a large plastic bag and refrigerate overnight.
To bake, preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Spray olive oil cooking spray into a 2.5 quart baking dish. Add sweet potato mixture to the dish. Cover it with the pecan mixture. Bake for 40 minutes.
FOR MAKE AHEAD: Remove the components from the refrigerator for 20 minutes before adding them to the dish and baking.
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