Sweet Potato Casserole

The last of my month long focus on good old fashioned recipes perfect for your Thanksgiving table is the classic sweet potato casserole.

This recipe is perfect for making ahead of the big day, and storing in your freezer, then just pull out to thaw the day of, and warm it up before serving! It makes a lot less work and stress for the day of thanksgiving.

Since my husband is diabetic I topped mine with a brown sugar (I used the brown sugar substitute) and Pecan topping on mine, but I am including directions for the classic marshmallow topping as well.

We are new empty nesters, so I made half for our dinner tonight (served it with some grilled kielbasa) and put the other half in the freezer for a meal later this fall.

Jan's Tip: In some grocery stores you may find in the freezer section some precooked ready to heat mashed sweet potaotes. Feel free to grab this and speed up the recipe even more!

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Sweet Potato Casserole

3-4 Large Sweet Potatoes
1 c. sugar (or sugar substitute) (I did half splenda/half brown sugar splenda)
1/2 melted butter
2 eggs, well beaten
1 tsp. vanilla
1/2 cup milk or cream

1/2 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup flour
2 1/2 Tablespoons melted butter
1/2 cup chopped pecans

Peel, cook and mash sweet potatoes.

In large bowl combine sweet potatoes, sugar, butter, eggs, vanilla and milk. Mix well. Spoon into a 2 qt. casserole dish (If making ahead for the freezer, use a container that can go from freezer to oven)

Cover with brown sugar  topping. Bake at 350° for 25 minutes.

For Marshmallow Topping:  Bake casserole without marshmallows as directed above. Just before serving, cover top with miniature marshmallows and bake just until browned.

To Make Ahead and Freeze: Cover casserole (minus the marshmallows) and freeze up to 2 months. Thaw and bake as directed.

Butternut Squash with Apples and Bacon

Butternut Squash is the star in this wonderful Autumn dish. Paired with sweet apples, and smoky bacon it is sure to be a hit on your holiday table!

If you are assigned a side dish this Thanksgiving, consider bringing this one. It is easy to make and so delicious! An old classic recipe with a few of my tweaks to just put it over the top. I added in the crumbled bacon and the chopped pecans to the recipe, and I can not imagine making it without them.

Besides a holiday meal, I also like to add in some sliced kielbasa once in a while to make it a one dish autumn dinner that my husband loves!

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Butternut Squash with Apple & Bacon


2 lb. butternut squash
2 apples cored and cut into 1/2 slices
3 -4 slices thick bacon, cooked and crumbled.
1/2 c packed brown sugar
1/4 cup softened butter or margarine
1 Tablespoon Flour.
Optional: 2 Tablespoons chopped pecans

Preheat over to 350°
Cut squash in half. Removed seeds and fibers.
Cut squash into 1 inch cubes, cutting off the rind from each cube as you work.

Pour squash cubes into ungreased baking dish.
Top with apple slices and bacon crumbles.

In small bowl mix together, brown sugar, butter, and flour.
Sprinkle sugar mixture on top of squash dish.
Sprinkle chopped pecans on top of sugar mixture.
Bake 350° for 50- 60 minutes, till squash is tender.
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