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!
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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!
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 at 350 degrees for approximately 60 minutes. Topping will get brown and toasty.
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