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Without Which No Thanksgiving Dinner is Complete

Nov 22, 2010

Complete Thanksgiving Dinner

The “reply all” emails have been making the rounds in our family. Thanksgiving dinner is ON at my brother’s house and the sign-up list has been sent back and forth several times, nearing completion. I put my name down for pumpkin pies and salad, and then added a plea to my sister (who had not yet responded) to bring her famous Sweet Potato Casserole. I could die happy with that stuff on my lips!

My mother signed up for several things, then later added an item that had been completely forgotten from the original menu. 

“I will also bring cranberries – without which no Thanksgiving dinner is complete! ~ Mom”

Funny how each of us has something that “completes” the meal. For me, it’s the Sweet Potato Casserole. For some, it is a special type of dressing. For my mom, it’s the cranberries, jellied kind is just fine.

Here is my sister Katherine’s Most Awesome Sweet Potato Casserole (which could easily be considered dessert) recipe:

Sweet Potato Pecan Crunch Casserole (also great with walnuts)With mixer, whip together (like mashed potatoes) and pour into greased 9X13″ pan:4-6 medium yams, boiled, peeled and still warm (I like the sweet potato mixture to be a little deeper so I use 6)1/4 c. butter (1/2 stick)1/2 c. honey or brown sugar (I use honey)3 eggs (4 if you use 6 yams)Topping:Cut together and sprinkle over sweet potatoes:1 stick (1/2 c.) butter1 c. brown sugar1/2 c. flour1 t. cinnamon1/2 c. nutsBake at 350 for 35-45 minutes.Katherine’s note: I like this recipe because you really can’t mess it up. I’ve doubled it, tripled it, left out ingredients, and it still comes out. Who needs stress on holidays?

What “makes” YOUR Thanksgiving? Do you have an special dish that, “without which, no Thanksgiving dinner is complete?”

Rachel Anne