On Christmas day, my family and I opt out of making the traditional dinner and prefer to order Chinese or Mexican food. However, after Thanksgiving, we are having second thoughts. The reason? Pecan-Crusted Sweet Potato Casserole from the Eats cookbook.
I made this deliriously delicious dish from The Old Farmer’s Almanac Comfort Food cookbook for Thanksgiving and it was a HUGE hit. I also made the usual sweet potato casserole with the marshmallows on top, so people would have a choice between the two. The marshmallow one was hardly touched. The pecan-crusted one…GONE and practically licked clean by those fighting for the last bit of it.
How does one describe this dish properly? It is more of a dessert than a side dish. The topping is the best part. It is almost like candy. My family and I loved it so much, we went home and made another one for “second” Thanksgiving. It was gone the next day. I think it may be our new favorite.
Since it is more like a dessert, we can still make it and order our take out, right? Good. It has been decided.
Pecan-Crusted Sweet Potato Casserole
(from page 28 of the Eats cookbook)
4 large sweet potatoes, scrubbed
4 tablespoons (½ stick) unsalted butter, in pieces, softened
½ cup sugar
⅓ cup light cream or milk
2 large eggs, at room temperature
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
½ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon allspice
- Preheat the oven to 350°F. Butter a 2-quart casserole. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil.
- Pierce each sweet potato several times with a paring knife or fork and place on the baking sheet. Bake for 60 to 70 minutes, or until soft and tender when pierced with a paring knife. Transfer the baking sheet to a cooling rack. Cut a slit in the potatoes lengthwise and cool for 15 to 20 minutes.
- Scoop the sweet potato flesh into a large bowl and mash it with a potato masher or fork. Add the butter, sugar, and cream and, using an electric mixer on medium-high speed, beat to blend. Add the eggs, one at a time, and beat to combine. Add the vanilla, salt, and allspice and beat until evenly mixed. Spread the mixture in the casserole.
⅔ cup packed light-brown sugar
¼ cup all-purpose flour
¼ teaspoon cinnamon
¼ teaspoon salt
4 tablespoons (1⁄2 stick) unsalted butter, melted
⅔ cup pecan halves
- Combine the brown sugar, flour, cinnamon, salt, and butter in a food processor and pulse briefly.
- Add the pecans and spread the topping evenly over the sweet potato mixture. Bake for 45 minutes, or until the ingredients are puffed slightly and the topping is rich light brown. Transfer to a cooling rack for 15 to 20 minutes before serving.
Makes 8 or more servings.
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