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My Favorite Thanksgiving Recipe

I adore Thanksgiving.  It is, without question, my very favorite holiday.  There's food and family and it's the start of the Christmas season.  Christmas day always feels a little bittersweet to me because it's the end of the wonderful season and in a week, you have to stop listening to Christmas music for another 11 months.  With Thanksgiving, the entire glory of Christmas, with the music and decorating and thinking of others and, most importantly, time to reflect on the Savior, is still ahead of you.  Yes, Thanksgiving is the best.

And Thanksgiving food.  I get asked all the time what I do for Thanksgiving since I'm a vegetarian, to which I reply, what do YOU do?  Really, basically everything except the turkey is vegetarian-friendly (and I absolutely refuse to do tofurky or any other mysterious meat substitutes.  just give me gobs of cheese and cream and roasted veggies, please).  And most people I know when forced to choose between turkey and pie would choose the latter, anyway.

Though it's hard to choose a true favorite (I mean, there's cornbread and pumpkin soup and mashed potatoes...), this one is definitely near the top.  Infinitely better than that marshmallow-laden junk, I feel fairly confident in saying that if you make this once, it will never again leave your Thanksgiving table.

Happy unTurkey day!

Please forgive the terrible photo from 3 Thanksgivings ago...sadly, this is the best in all the years we've made it


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Sweet Potato Casserole (adapted ever-so-slightly from here)


2 large sweet potatoes
1/2 cup white sugar
2 eggs
1/2 t salt
2 T butter, softened
1/2 cup milk
1/2 t vanilla extract

1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/3 cup AP flour
3 T butter, softened
1/2 cup chopped pecans

Preheat oven to 325.

Peel, cook and mash sweet potatoes (if you're lazy like me, you can just poke a few holes in them, pop them in the microwave until they're tender, slip the peels right off, and mash. no cutting or peeling necessary!).  Add in sugar, eggs (if you're fancy, you can beat them before, but I just put them straight in - just make sure your potatoes are cool enough that they don't scramble your egg), salt, butter, milk, and vanilla and beat until smooth.  Transfer to a 9x13 baking dish.

Combine brown sugar, flour, butter in a medium bowl, rubbing the butter into the dry ingredients with your fingers (or I suppose you could use a fork).  Add in pecans.  Sprinkle topping over sweet potato mixture.  (Note: This makes a LOT of topping.  Feel free to dial back a bit if you don't want quite so much sweet topping.  But you probably do.)

Bake in preheated oven 30 minutes, or until the topping is golden.

8 comments

  1. that looks so good! I LOVE thanksgiving and this time of the year too!!!

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  2. Isn't Sweet Potato Casserole the best?! I absolutely love it. So glad you blogged about it.

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  3. I'm begging my vegetarian sister to let me make a tofurkey this year. It just sounds like fun. But she's kind of unrelenting so we'll have to see.

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  4. YES! This is my favorite dish ever as well. We never do the marshmallows and I say, good riddance! This is like vegetable candy. Also, no offense, I love you blog and all but---MORE PICTURES OF CARINA PLEASE!!!!

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  5. *your* I got so excited I couldn't spell

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  6. I have been making a very similar recipe for years now and LOVE it. One year I made half pecan topping and half oatmeal cookie topping, and the cookie topping won hands down. You should probably try it because you will probably love it. 3 cups of broken up crunchy store-bought oatmeal cookies (about 14 of them, if they're 3" in diameter) processed until fine crumbs, then process some more with 6 tbsp. cubed cold butter. Chill until really cold, then crumble over your yams and thank me later. Happy Thanksgiving!!

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  7. I made this for our Thanksgiving dinner today after Janssen recommended it to me. It was SO good! Thanks for the recipe!

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  8. YES! This is very similar to the one my family uses. I HATED sweet potato casserole with the marshmallow topping until my family started making this one years ago, and now it's my favorite part of Thanksgiving.

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