For 4 years now, I have been responsible for making the sweet potato casserole for our Thanksgiving meal. And this year was no exception. I almost have the recipe memorized at this point, but since I only make it once or twice per year, I still need to double-check myself so I follow the recipe. And every year I have to search for my food stained recipe that happens to be a printed email from a past co-worker/friend, Jennifer.
The title of the email is Aunt Nancy’s Sweet Potato Casserole. And it was sent on November 15, 2006.
While I have my own Aunt Nancy, I do not know this particular Aunt Nancy. But the funny thing is that she has been a part of our Thanksgiving tradition now for 4 years. And every year I am thankful for her and this absolutely delicious recipe. So thank you Jennifer for sharing your Aunt Nancy’s Sweet Potato Casserole recipe with us. Even though you don’t realize it you are thought of and talked about every year on Thanksgiving.
And so now, I want to share this recipe with all of you. It’s absolutely delicious and you won’t be disappointed. And the best part is that there is still time to make it this year. Run out to the grocery store and gather up the following ingredients. You’ll be the hit of your Thanksgiving meal if you bring this.
3 cups of cooked sweet potatoes (1 large can and 1 small can)
1/2 cup milk (I use PET milk)
1/2 teaspoon of salt
1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup of white sugar
1 stick of melted butter
Drain most of the liquid from the cans of sweet potatoes and mash them up while cooking over medium heat. Add in the remaining ingredients stirring often. You don’t want the mixture to burn on the stove. Once everything is mixed together well put mixture in a baking dish.
1 1/2 cups chopped nuts (optional – I don’t use)
1 cup white sugar
1/2 stick melted butter
Dash of salt
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
Mix well (except for marshmallows). Pour on top of the mixture in the baking dish. Bake 45 minutes at 350 degrees. Add marshmallows in the last 15 minutes. Just let them melt slightly and brown on top.
And there you have it folks. An absolutely yummy side dish for your Thanksgiving meal. I hope you make Aunt Nancy part of your holiday tradition for years to come.
Thank you Aunt Nancy. Whomever you are….
Sorry I don’t have a picture of the completed dish with the toasted marshmallows on top, but it is so good that we dove right into it. No time for pictures!