Sunday, November 25, 2012

Sweet Potato Casserole

This Thanksgiving I decided to try something different from the old sweet potatoes, brown sugar, butter, and marshmallows recipe.  I looked through my All New-ultimate Southern Living Cookbook and on page 472 I found Belle's Sweet Potato Casserole.  What I did was use the recipe for the sweet potatoes and then used a recipe from Prevention Magazine (November 2008, page 88) for the topping.  A perfect combination! I will surely make it again.

Bell's Sweet Potato Casserole (yields 10 servings)  After making it, I think it yields more like 12-16.

8 medium-size potatoes (6 lbs.)
1 c milk
1/4 c butter
3 T sugar (I used white)
1 t vanilla extract
1 T orange juice
1/4 t salt
1/4 t ground cinnamon
1/4 t ground nutmeg

Bring sweet potatoes and water to cover to a boil and cook 30 to 35 minutes, or until tender; drain.  Peel potatoes and place in a mixing bowl

Heat milk and next 3 ingredients in a saucepan over medium heat, stirring until butter melts and sugar dissolves.  Do not boil.  Stir in orange juice, salt, and spices.

Beat potatoes at medium speed with an electric mixer until mashed.  Add milk mixture, beating until smooth.  Turn into 9 x 13 pan.  It will be quite full.

Brown Sugar-Pecan Topping  (I doubled it for Bell's Sweet Potato Casserole) 

This recipe is for 2 1/2 lbs. sweet potatoes

3/4 c chopped pecans
3 T brown sugar
1/4 t ground cinnamon

Mix together and spread on top of sweet potato casserole.  Place in 350 degree oven (uncovered) for 10 minutes and serve.

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