It's taken me a while to get this recipe up because I can't write it without getting weepy. When my husband and were getting married, my sister put together an album of recipes from family and friends as a wedding shower gift. When I got wind of what she was doing, I specifically requested my grandmother's (or Dreena as I call her) Sweet Potato Casserole Recipe. She served it every year at Thanksgiving and sometimes Christmas too. I always looked forward to it, and loved helping her in the kitchen. Dreena was one of my very favorite people, ever. We lost her a few years ago and I haven't been able to make the casserole since. I miss her so much. But this Thanksgiving I decided to go ahead and bring it out of hibernation.
I'm not going to lie, I made a few tweaks. But that's okay - she'd expect nothing less from me! The casserole was a huge hit at Thanksgiving and it kind of felt like she was with us at the table. The recipe makes a large casserole - we had seven adults and there were plenty of leftovers. But it's delicious hot or cold, so leftovers are kind of a life goal. You can also make it up a few days ahead and reheat in the oven, or freeze it several weeks in advance!
Grandma's Sweet Potato Casserole, Ingredients:
- 80 ounces canned yams, drained (2 large cans)
- 1 stick (1/2 cup) butter, softened
- 3 eggs
- 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 cup flour
- 2 sticks (1 cup) butter, softened
- 2 cups brown sugar, packed
- 2 cups slivered almonds
Grandma's Sweet Potato Casserole, Directions:
- Combine BASE ingredients in a large bowl and blend well with an electric mixer. Pour into a greased casserole dish and spread evenly.
- In a second large bowl, combine TOPPING ingredients and blend well with an electric mixer.
- Distribute TOPPING evenly over casserole dish. Bake on center rack for approximately 60 minutes. Topping will get brown and toasty.
Dreena never met this little monster of mine, or several of her other great grand babies, but I know she'd have loved him so much and would be thrilled to know that we did end up going for number five. Grandpa Joe reminds me often that I did things just like grandma!
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- Corningware 12 Piece Bakeware Set
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- KitchenAid Classic Stand Mixer