Cooking with Alli: Sweet Potato Casserole

sp3I’m not sure who made the decision to consider sweet potato casserole a side rather than a dessert, but I would like to thank them. Seriously though, sweet potatoes are the best! This recipe came from my grandmother and was a huge hit at all my thanksgiving events! I’m a southern lady and in the south we top our sweet potato casseroles with butter, brown sugar and pecans… but, if you would like to add some marshmellows into the mix be my guest!

Here’s what you need:
3 c. mashed sweet potatoes or sweet potato puree
1/2 c sugar
1 T. vanilla
8 oz. cream cheese
2 eggs
dash of saltsp 2

I like to make my own mashed sweet potatoes. To do this I chopped 4 large sweet potatoes into 5 or 6 peices each and boiled them until they were fork-tender. You could also bake them in the oven. Next, mash away! Let mashed sweet potatoes cool and add in the rest of your ingredients. Put mixture into a casserole dish. Now for the good stuff…sp 1

Topping:
1 c chopped pecans
1 c. crushed corn flakes
1/2 – 3/4 c brown sugar
1/2 c (1 stick) melted butter

Mix the first 3 ingredients and put on top of sweet potatoes.  Drizzle  melted butter over top.  Bake 35 minutes at 350 degrees.  Make sure the center is done and
not jiggly! Enjoy!

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