Saturday, November 26, 2011

Sweet Potato Casserole

Thanksgiving is a day of following traditions for the big meal of the day. My family does not like to change any of the foods they have grown up with on this particular day. I can totally change up other holidays, but not this one.

We always have an oven roasted turkey, stuffing, (sometimes a regular bread stuffing in addition to a cornbread stuffing depending on who is at the table), homemade gravy, mashed potatoes, rolls, cranberry sauce, green beans and a sweet potato casserole. One of our standard desserts is pumpkin pie and I usually try to add something a little different to the dessert offerings. This year I added pumpkin ice cream and Val made a Pumpkin Banana Mousse Tart.

The sweet potato casserole is exactly what you imagine with mashed sweet potatoes, butter, brown sugar, maple syrup and just in case it isn't sweet enough, it gets topped with mini marshmallows. The guys all find this a little too sweet, but all the women love this addition on their Thanksgiving plate. This has been a standard on our table for the last 15 years.

Sweet Potato Casserole

5 sweet potatoes
1 stick butter
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup maple syrup
1/2 teaspoon salt
miniature marshmallows

Cut sweet potatoes in half. Boil until tender. Drain and peel potatoes, place in bowl. Mash potatoes with butter, brown sugar, syrup and salt. Put in casserole dish. Bake at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes. Add marshmallows, bake for an additional 5 minutes.

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