It is the tradition in many homes to have a sweet potato casserole on special holidays or even as a weeknight treat after dinner. This casserole is considered to be a southern favorite, and the crunchy and buttery topping, this casserole is a perfect side dish. It is a casserole that is made from sweet potatoes, and it has a marshmallow topping. This topping is usually combined with nuts and this crunchy and gooey combination helps to catapult this dessert into the stratosphere. By adding some nutmeg to the mixture, you can be certain this is a dessert that your family will ask for many times.
The History Of Sweet Potato Casserole
Sweet potatoes are native to South and Central America. They were introduced to the North by colonists who traveled to these areas.
Allegedly the first recipe for a sweet potato casserole originated in a 1917 marshmallow recipe book. However, there is a recipe for the casserole that was found in a 1918 trade journal entitled “Sweet Potatoes and Yams”. The journal was filled with growing tips and storage tips for those who grew and harvested sweet potatoes.
The first thing that you will need to do is gather the ingredients to make the sweet potato casserole. The ingredients you will need are as follows:
• 1/3 cup of white sugar
• 2 beaten eggs
• ¼ teaspoon of salt
• 3 cups of sweet potatoes, diced
• 3 tablespoons of melted butter
• ½ cup of white milk, 2%
• ¼ teaspoon of vanilla extract
• ½ cup of brown sugar packed
• ½ cup of all-purpose white flour
• 2 tablespoons of butter softened
• ½ cups of pecans, chopped
After assembling the ingredients, you will need to prep your cooking area in order to mix the ingredients together and bake the casserole.
Begin by preheating the oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit, or 165 degrees Celsius. You will place the diced sweet potatoes into a pot of water and cook over medium heat. Allow the sweet potatoes to become fork tender before removing them from the water. Drain the sweet potatoes and mash them together.
Get a large mixing bowl and combine the mashed sweet potatoes, vanilla extract, milk, water, salt, eggs and white sugar. Mix the ingredients until they are smoothly blended together.
Transfer the mixture into a 9 by 13-inch baking dish.
In another medium sized bowl, mix the flour and brown sugar together. Cut the softened butter into the mixture until it has a coarse texture. Slowly stir the pecans into the mixture. Sprinkle this mixture over the previously prepared sweet potato mixture.
Bake the casserole for a minimum for 30 minutes, or until the top has slightly browned. One serving of this casserole has around 226 calories per serving and it yields 12 servings.
This creamy, baked sweet potato casserole will quickly become a family request for the holidays. Although traditionally eaten throughout the year in southern states, this recipe will become a staple in homes around the country. Always consider making substitutions if you or your loved ones are allergic to any ingredients.