I’ve eaten Thanksgiving dinners over the years with a variety of people and families. Most were at my mom and dad’s house, but several holidays were spent with boyfriends, roommates, and complete strangers at a hotel in Midland, TX. (I try to forget that last one).
One of the most memorable was spent with my college roommate’s family in Pittsburgh, PA. I couldn’t go home to FL because I played on the basketball team and we hosted a Thanksgiving tourney on our home court every year. The K family was so nice to invite me into their home. Mrs. K made a wonderful meal, but this Southern girl was not used to sauerkraut on turkey day. Where were the cornbread and sweet potatoes?
A favorite year of mine was 1999 when I was dating my husband. I took him home to meet the family and I have never in my life seen another male eat so much on Thanksgiving Day. He took down ALL of my mother’s sweet potato casserole in one sitting and could not get up off the couch the rest of the day. I’m pretty sure this sealed the deal on our relationship. The thought of getting to eat this side dish every Thanksgiving for the rest of his life sounded pretty good. He proposed a few months later.
I have tried several sweet potato casserole recipes over the years, and nothing comes close to my mom’s. She took the original recipe from Fannie Flag’s Whistle Stop Cafe Cookbook. It’s quick and easy and sure to be the best side dish that doubles as a dessert on your table. Enjoy!
Sweet Potato CasseroleIngredients 3 pounds sweet potatoes 1/2 cup softened butter 1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar 1/4 cup sugar 2 teaspoons vanilla extract 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1 bag miniature marshmallows
Scrub sweet potatoes and cook in boiling water, covered, for 40 to 50 minutes or until fork tender. Drain on paper towels. Peel when cool enough to handle and mash with butter. Beat in next five ingredients with an electric mixer. Spread in shallow greased baking dish. Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes. Cover with marshmallows and bake an additional 10 to 15 minutes until marshmallows are melted and lightly browned.