‘Tis the season…for fattening, flavorful, festive foods, that is, and imperfect women everywhere are glad for it. I am planning on indulging over the next few weeks, and I hope you are too. Why, I am already part way through a bag of chocolate-covered caramels as I write this!
This week, I will be enjoying the great feast with lots of extended family at my sister’s house. I will make a small stuffed turkey at home the night before so we have our own “leftovers” but will be taking a few side dishes on the big day. I always bring a sweet potato dish that my husband’s cousin made for us almost 20 years ago. She covered mashed sweet potatoes with a delicious caramelized corn flakes and pecan topping. A vegetable side dish that tastes like candy? I want that!
Some of you will be preparing the feast for others, and many thanks to you. Other lucky readers, like me, get to be the guests, and only have to bring a dish or two. Whichever you are, please share one of your holiday traditions or recipes right here on this thread. And yes, Hanukah and Christmas and all holiday recipes are welcome, too.
I’ll start off with the candied cornflake sweet potato dish I will be making on Thursday.
Pecan-Topped Sweet Potatoes
3 c. boiled and mashed sweet potatoes
(I boil whole potatoes until soft, then cut them in half and scrape the pulp from the potato skins, then whip them in the bowl of my stand mixer, adding additional ingredients as directed.)
1/2 cup butter, melted
1/2 c. sugar
1/2 c. loosely packed light brown sugar
3/4 tsp. nutmeg
1-1/2 tsp. cinnamon
2 eggs, beaten
1 c. milk
1-1/2c. lightly-crushed cornflakes
(I seal the cereal in a large plastic bag and lightly crush by squeezing the bag.)
1 c. coarsely chopped pecan halves
1 c. brown sugar
1/2 c. butter
Mix the first 6 ingredients together. Add the eggs to the milk and beat lightly. Slowly add the milk mixture to sweet potatoes until incorporated. Pour into a buttered dish. Bake in a preheated oven at 375 degrees for 25 minutes. Meanwhile, on the stovetop, melt the butter and sugar for the topping together over medium-low heat. Add the corn flakes and pecans. Remove the dish from the oven after baked and cover with the topping. Return to the oven and bake 10 more minutes. Enjoy!