Everyone has one Thanksgiving dish that beats out all the rest. Some can’t live without the turkey. Others are suckers for the stuffing. And so many lose it over the pumpkin pie. But me, I wouldn’t be able to enjoy Thanksgiving without my grandma’s sweet potato casserole recipe. The thing about it is, I’m pretty sure she didn’t create it. It’s not made from scratch. And it’s only got eight ingredients. So you might be a little confused right now about why I lose my mind over this stuff. To be honest, I am a little confused too.
See, I majored in journalism and food studies. The latter made me a total foodie and I love nothing more than to go out and try new restaurants, or make fun dishes at home. So, you’d think that when it comes to Thanksgiving (a meal I make all by my lonesome) I would restrict the dishes to only the most gourmet recipes. And you’d be right for 95 percent of what I make. But I cannot, and will not, ever stop making Grammy’s sweet potato casserole. And that’s probably because it’s simple, it’s sweet and it holds more memories than any other dish on the table.
Everything else I make comes from recipes I found online or in books and have modified over the years into my own creations. Grammy’s sweet potato casserole is the only dish I serve up on Turkey Day that actually tastes like my childhood. And my childhood wasn’t filled without food made from scratch. I don’t come from a family of cooks. The women (and men!) in my family cooked, sure. But none of them enjoyed cooking as a hobby. So most “family” recipes are from Betty Crocker.
And you know what? That’s fine. Just because I’ve become a crazy advanced cook doesn’t mean I can’t appreciate the simple dishes my family always makes. And I do. I really do. After all, a big spoonful of Grammy’s sweet potato casserole will be the first dish that hits my plate on Thursday.
Grammy’s Sweet Potato Casserole
- 3 cups canned sweet potatoes
- 2 eggs
- 1 stick unsalted butter (softened)
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
- 1/3 cup unsalted butter (softened)
- 1 cup dark brown sugar
- 1 cup chopped pecans
- Mix together all filling ingredients and pour into buttered casserole dish.
- Mix topping and sprinkle on top.
- Brown in oven for 1 hour at 325 degrees F.