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Vivian's Sweet Potato Casserole Recipe

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Contributor:  
Contributor:  
Lee Thomas
Added: Monday, October 13, 2008

Category:
Category:

Ingredients:  
Ingredients:  
Casserole:
2 1/2 pounds sweet potatoes (about 3 large), scrubbed
2 large eggs, lightly beaten
3 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted, plus more for the preparing the pan
2 tablespoons packed dark brown sugar
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
Pinch freshly grated nutmeg
Freshly ground black pepper
1/4 cup coarsely chopped pecans

Topping:
1/2 cup whole-wheat flour
1/3 cup packed brown sugar
4 teaspoons frozen orange juice concentrate
1 tablespoon canola oil
1 tablespoon butter, melted
1/2 cup chopped pecans (1 3/4 ounces)

Directions:
Directions:
FOR THE SWEET POTATO CASSEROLE:
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Put the sweet potatoes on a baking sheet and pierce each one 2 or 3 times with a fork. Bake for 45 to 50 minutes or until tender. Set aside to cool.

Turn the oven down to 350 degrees F. Scoop the sweet potato out of their skins and into a medium bowl. Discard the skins. Mash the potatoes until smooth. Add the eggs, butter, brown sugar, salt, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and the pepper to taste. Whisk the mixture until smooth. Spread the mixture in the prepared baking dish.


FOR THE TOPPING:
Mix flour, brown sugar, orange juice concentrate, oil and butter in a small bowl. Blend with a fork or your fingertips until crumbly. Stir in pecans. Sprinkle over the sweet potato mixture.

Bake the casserole until heated through and the top is lightly browned, 35 to 45 minutes.

Number Of Servings:
Number Of Servings:
10
Personal Notes:
Personal Notes:
Yams or Sweet Potatoes?

Yams are not sweet potatoes and sweet potatoes are not yams. Yams are native to Africa and Asia while sweet potatoes are native to Central America and the tropical parts of the Americas. Compared to sweet potatoes, yams are starchier and drier. Sweet potatoes are either ‘firm’ or ‘soft’. The ‘soft’ ones are often called yams. African slaves had already been calling the ‘soft’ sweet potatoes ‘yams’ because they resembled the yams in Africa.

 

 

 

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