Thanksgiving is only 17 days away! Hard to believe in some ways, but there is snow heading our way right now so it’s starting to seem more and more like fall/winter time all of a sudden.
Have you started planning what you are going to be making for Thanksgiving? Are you hosting the meal at your house, bringing a side dish to your in-laws, or are you the one that makes the best pies? I usually get asked to bring a few of the sides to my in-laws and this year we’re having our first Thanksgiving in a long time with my side of the family at my parent’s house over the holiday weekend, so I’m sure I’ll get in on more of the cooking and baking action there!
One popular Thanksgiving side dish that I did not grow up eating was sweet potato casserole. I know my mom made it occasionally, but I don’t remember actually eating it for some reason! But I have recently found out how tasty sweet potatoes are cooked many different ways. This recipe that I am sharing today comes from my Aunt Darlene. It’s one that she’s used for quite some time. The clipping she sent me didn’t have the magazine that it was tore out of, but it was called Yam-tastic. If anyone recognizes this recipe, please let me know and I’ll site the source! Thanks! The recipe is below!
Today is the beginning of the #Thankful4Ag campaign! As I mentioned before, I am teaming up with Bayer CropScience who is partnering with Feeding America to help bring awareness and raise money for people and families who struggle with hunger.
Bayer CropScience is doing this unique initiative to help fight hunger, celebrate the farming community, and also educate the general public about the work growers do and the effort it takes to feed a growing planet.
To join the cause is really quite simple! Bayer CropScience is asking you to go to the Thankful 4 Ag website and create a digital meal with your favorite holiday foods. As you can see in the image below, I chose turkey, mashed potatoes, green beans, and pecan pie. As soon as you have your meal created all you do is click the Share Meal button at the bottom and share it on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and/or Tumblr. It really only takes about a minute from start to finish. And every time a digital meal is created and shared, Bayer CropScience will donate 10 meals through Feeding America to those who are in need.
So, please join the cause to help raise money for families across the United States to enjoy a warm meal this holiday season. Thank you!
- 6 pounds sweet potatoes or yams, peeled and diced
- ½ cup maple syrup
- ¼ cup heavy cream
- ¼ cup butter, softened
- 1 egg, beaten
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon pepper
- ¼ cup butter
- ¼ cup packed light brown sugar
- ½ cup pecans, chopped
- 1 tablespoon heavy cream
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease baking pan.
- Cooked the sweet potatoes until fork tender. Drain.
- To prepare the potatoes, combine potatoes, syrup, heavy cream, butter, egg, salt, and pepper in a large mixing bowl. Using a mixer at low speed, beat until blended. Increase speed to medium and beat until smooth.
- Spoon mixture into prepared pan.
- To prepare topping, melt butter and stir in the brown sugar, pecans, and cream.
- Spread evenly over top of the sweet potatoes.
- Bake uncovered for 50 minutes or until slightly firm on top.