Pecan Crusted Sweet Potatoes

[8 Dec 2006 | By | 5 Comments]

pecan sweet potatoesIt is sad, tear-worthy really. You know how you make a certain dish at Thanksgiving, the one that you [almost] enjoy more the second day? The otherwise forbidden treat, that special side-dish that you can’t wait to beckon off your fork?

I realize Thanksgiving is quite over, but I cannot shake the fact that my favorite side dish was left in the back of the oven. Yes, really. I made two small trays of pecan crusted sweet potatoes, and one of those two trays never saw the table—or my mouth.

On a Thanksgiving table bursting with sides and special dishes, one tray of sweet potatoes was among them. But on day two, when the cravings for repeat Thanksgiving sensation appeared, I was unhappily surprised that the sweet potatoes were not to be found. So many dishes, so many guests: I had no idea we were missing a dish. Nor did I realize it lay waiting in the back of a now cold, otherwise vacant oven. Until I found it—four days later. So you can understand, now, why my sadness lingers.

sweet potato casserole

I figure the only remedy is to remake this little gem, this side dish from heaven, the sweet potatoes that could bet a wager against any dessert. And a special thanks to my sister-in-law, who first brought this dish to the Thanksgiving table. Now I understand that glisten in her eyes… her second tray was safely stowed away in her fridge for the next day!

Pecan Crusted Sweet Potatoes
3 cups mashed sweet potatoes (29 oz. can yams)
1/3 cup brown sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp. vanilla
1/3 cup milk
1/4 cup melted butter

Topping
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup butter
1/2 cup flour
1 cup pecan pieces

Mix first 6 ingredients (I usually puree potatoes in processor or use a food mill) and place in dish; Mix topping, place over sweet potatoes. Bake @ 350* for 35-40 minutes. Fills one 8×8 pan or two small ovals. Check back of oven for stowaways.

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5 Comments »

  • Jennifer said (10 December 2006 at 1:38 pm):

    I’ve done that in the past too, totally forgot about a dessert that was warming, and had turned off the oven. Well, we had so many desserts that I completely forgot, and well, woke up in the morning to find it in the oven, hard as a rock. Ugh.

    I bet my husband would love those sweet potatoes. I’m not really into them, but he LOVES sweet potatoes.

  • Jeff said (11 December 2006 at 11:12 am):

    Pecans…AND sweet potatoes…YUM!

  • Jennifer said (11 December 2006 at 11:16 am):

    Hey Janelle, I wanted to let you know that I have tagged you on my “What’s on your playlist” entry! :) Hope to see what music you like! :)

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