Sweet Potato Casserole is an easy recipe as well as a fantastic way to have sweet potatoes, especially for the holidays.
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Sweet Potato Casserole
Sweet Potatoes taste delicious. If you have never had sweet potatoes, you should try this recipe because you will love them after having this. The recipe is a simple one that everyone, including the basic cook, can do beautifully.
Where to Start
Start with washed sweet potatoes. Run water to rinse off the outside of the potato because it has not been cleaned since it was harvested. The next step is to peel the skin off the outside of the sweet potato. Use a vegetable peeler to do this. If you do not have a vegetable peeler (which you should get if you do not have one) you can cut the skin off of the sweet potatoes. This may be difficult to do so I would recommend cutting the potato in half before trying to skin it with a knife.
The Art of Boiling
Cut the sweet potato into cubs for cooking in a pot. This means you will need a pot to boil the sweet potatoes in. In the pot that you have the sweet potatoes, cover them with water. Bring the water to a full boil for cooking the sweet potatoes. A full boil is when the water is bubbling to the top throughout the pot.
Cook for about 15-20 minutes on a low boil or until the sweet potatoes are soft. You will need to test them. If you have a cake tester you can use that or a toothpick or even a fork. Poke the sweet potatoes to see how hard they are. If they are easy to push into, they are done. If there is any difficulty, cook them longer.
A low boil is when the water bubbles to the top of the pot and bursts, usually one or two bubbles at a time. It is when the water is starting to boil. You want to reduce the heat when you have a full boil. This will cause the boiling to slow down or almost stop. This sounds trickier than it is.
Sweet Potato Casserole Mixture
When the sweet potatoes are cooked, remove them from the heat, and drain them. In a larger bowl, mix the sweet potatoes with butter, sugar, vanilla, and eggs. You can use a potato masher and mix it by hand. My favorite way is to have a handheld mixer. If you do not have counter space or have a small kitchen a handheld mixer is the best thing you can have. Put all the ingredients in a bowl and then turn the mixer on and mix until everything is mixed well.
Take a 9 x 13 glass baking dish to bake the sweet potato casserole in. You do not need to grease the dish before baking. Preheat your oven to 375 degrees. Pour the mixture into the baking dish.
Topping the Sweet Potatoes
Cover with the topping. You have butter and brown sugar that you need to mix well together. The butter should be cold when you put this together. You are going to cut the butter into the sugar.
That means with a fork or a pastry wheel you will mush the butter and sugar together.
This is different than when you make cookies, and mix the butter and sugar together. When the butter is cold and you cut it into sugar, think of it like little chunks of butter covered in sugar.
Add pecans to the mixture and mix. Add this to the top of the sweet potatoes. Place in the oven to bake for 45 minutes.
Serve this with chicken, pork, or beef, it will be a great side dish. This freezes and reheats well.
This is a delicious way to enjoy sweet potatoes.
- 4-5 med Sweet Potatoes
- 1 stick Butter (Margerine or Butter Substitute)
- 1 cup White Sugar (Splenda Blend works)
- 1 tbsp Good Vanilla
- 2 Eggs (Egg Substitute works)
- 1 cup Brown Sugar (Splenda Blend works)
- 1/3 cup COLD Butter (Margerine or Butter Substitute)
- 1 cup Chopped Peacans
Peel, cube and boil potatoes until tender.
Drain and whip together with butter, sugar, vanilla, and eggs.
Pour into a 13 x 9 " baking dish.
Topping: Cut butter into the sugar. Add pecans. Put on top of sweet potatoes.
Bake at 375 for 45 minutes.