Thursday, November 28, 2013

Thanksgiving Sweet Potato Bake

A few years ago one of my British interns gave me this recipe.  I have since ruined blessed many people with this yummy side dish.   I lovingly refer to it as Sweet Potato Crack.  The 3 layer combination makes for a yummy in my tummy explosion.  I never think to take pictures when i am making it so this year I made sure I was prepared.

This year, we are spending our Thanksgiving with some friends of ours. They wanted to make the sides and asked us to make the turkey. This meant that I wasn't going to be able to make my Sweet Potato Bake so instead I made it the day before for my roommate and I to gorge on for days to come. We even had it for Thanksgiving day breakfast. 

I am not kidding this stuff is amazing. The main reason I am posting it is because people keep asking for the recipe.   Are you ready, cause here we go.  
3 large sweet potatoes
  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 1 stick of butter at room temperature
  • 1 tsp of vanilla extract
  • 2 eggs
  • **Crumb topping**
  • 1/3 cup of flour
  • 1/3 cup softened butter
  • 1/2 cup of oatmeal
  • 1 cup of brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons of cinnamon
  • 2 cups of marshmallows

Boil potatoes until they are soft in the center. You can cut them in halves or quarters to make them cook faster but cooking them whole is fine too. 

When fully cooked, strain and let them cool off. Once they are cooled off, peel them and use a large bowl with a mixer. (if u don't have an electric mixer use a hand mixer).

Add the butter, sugar, & vanilla. 

Add the eggs one at a time. The potatoes are hot and u don't want the eggs to scramble on you. 

Add a teaspoon of cinnamon or more (I love cinnamon) 

And mix it well til the consistency is thick w texture. Its ok if its lumpy.

Transfer potatoes to a greased baking dish and smooth it out.

Now its time for LAYER #2, the Crumb Topping!!!!

In a mixer, place the flour, brown sugar, cinnamon, oatmeal and mix together with a spoon or spatula. 

Then add the softened butter.  The original recipe called for chopped pecans. if you want to add those, then add them now.

Mix well until it looks like small peas. This should be crumbly and feel sandy like.

Place crumb topping over potatoes and bake at 350 for 30 mins.

Remove from the oven and add the marshmallows on top and bake again for 10 more minutes or until marshmallows are slightly browned.

I hope you enjoy! Have a HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

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