Sweet potato casserole a must
I’m an admittedly —RECIPE sentimental person, thus traditionsaresecondonlytospending quality, stress-free time with my husband and kids at this time of year. Strictly respected holiday traditions in our home include gifting our now young adult kids withnewpajamaseachChristmas Eve, and gathering to read Dr. Suess’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas, whichmybrothersand I did as children. Andwhenitcomestomakingthe holiday meal, my kids are as sentimentalasI,meaningImakethe samefoodseveryyear.Onefavourite that has stood the test of time is Grandma Cleta’s Sweet Potato Casserole.GrowingupinFlorida, I can’t remember a time when this delicious casserole wasn’t included in every American ThanksgivingandChristmasdinner. Since coming to Canada 25 yearsago,ithasbecomethesame holidaystaple.Andsincetheholidays are about giving, my gift is sharing Grandma Cleta Parker’s famousrecipeinhopesthatitwill startnewtraditionsinyourhome:
SWEET POTATO CASSEROLE Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. 4 large sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into large chunks
3/4 cup sugar
6 Tbs. butter, softened to room temperature
1 cup milk - 1 tsp. salt
1 tsp vanilla - 2 1/2 tsp. cinnamon *Place peeled, cut sweet potato pieces in a large pot with a tight fitting lid. Add 4 cups water and simmer until a fork inserted into the potatoes comes out easily. Drain and allow potatoes to cool uncoveredabout20minutes.Add next seven ingredients and mix by hand, or with an electric mixer until very smooth. Pour into a greased 9x13 pan. Bake 20 25 minutes.
1 1/2 cups crushed cornflakes cereal
6 Tbs. butter softened to room temperature
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup chopped walnuts or pecans (optional)
Mix ingredients together until well blended. Spread evenly over cooked sweet potatoes. Bake at 375 F. 10 - 12 minutes, or until topping is toasted. Serve and enjoy!
A group of more than 30 volunteer knitters from Le Félix retirement home in VaudreuilDorion donated $2,150 after selling tiny tuques they had knit to aid the Hudson based palliativ ec are home.