Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Best Sweet Potato Casserole with Streusel Topping!

Thanksgiving is a time for family fun and much eating and rejoicing. What does one do when one does not like turkey, stuffing, cranberry sauce or sweet potatoes? One eats a sad, lonely plate of tossed salad and green bean casserole, that's what. Until one day, when a sweet long-lost relative comes to the table with an amazing sweet potato/yam casserole with a pecan streusel topping instead of those ill-placed marshmallows. Here is my saving grace this Turkey Day - I hope y'all enjoy!


     Prep. time: 30 minutes
     Baking time: 30-45 minutes
     Yield: 6-8 


Potato Mixture:
  • 3 medium sweet potatoes and 3 medium yams (3 cups)
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 2 TB. butter, softened
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1-1/2 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • 3/4 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/3 Cup sugar
  • 1/4 Cup cream (you may also sub half & half)

Streusel Topping:
  • 4 TB. chilled butter (1/2 stick)
  • 1/4 Cup flour
  • 3/4 Cup packed light brown sugar (dark brown sugar is ok too)
  • 1/2 Cup chopped pecans

  1. Preheat oven to 350°. Lightly grease a 9x13 baking pan and set aside.
  2. Peel, quarter and boil sweet potatoes for 10-15 minutes until fork tender, drain and dry well. Or, pierce 3 sweet potatoes with a fork and microwave until softened. (This can take anywhere from 6-15 minutes, depending on your microwave and the size of the potatoes, so pay attention the first few timesyou do it!)
  3. Repeat with the remaining sweet potatoes.When cool enough to handle, peel the sweet potatoes and place in a mixing bowl. Mash with a fork or potato masher. 
  4. Add the salt, butter, eggs, vanilla, cinnamon, sugar and cream and mix until smooth. Spoon into the baking dish and spread evenly.

 For the Streusel topping: 
  1. In a medium bowl, combine the butter, flour and brown sugar. 
  2. Mix with 2 forks or knives, a pastry blender or your fingers to the consistency of coarse meal. 
  3. Stir in the pecans. Sprinkle over the sweet potato mixture. 
  4. Bake at 350° for 30-45 minutes or until the topping is crisp and lightly browned.

Nutritional Information:
Servings 8; Serving Size 3/4 cup (184g); Calories 360; Calories from fat 140; Total fat 16g; Cholesterol 70mg; Sodium 190mg; Carbohydrate 53g; Dietary Fiber 4g.

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