Maple Sweet Potato Casserole
You can never have too many sides on your dinner table at Thanksgiving and sweet potatoes are a definite staple.This Maple Sweet Potato Casserole gives you the flavor of Fall with the addition of Maple Syrup and has a topping everyone will fall in love with! It very well could be requested every year from now on. I know my family wants it!
Thanksgiving is one of my very favorite holidays, the other being the Fourth of July because I was born on the third and my parents always told me that the fireworks were for me. I still like to think that.
This awesome holiday at the end of November is such a special day because it brings people together. No matter where family members may be living, many return "home" to celebrate and if they are unable to do that, they may get together with friends.
In the early years of our marriage, money was tight while we were living outside Chicago where my husband was attending grad. school. Both of our families were living in Rhode Island, so we had to "pick and choose" which holidays we'd return home for. I have to say that there were a few Thanksgivings that were pretty wonderful in those lean years because we spent them with other couples from Mr. 365's school who were in the same financial situation.
As we all know, it's a great time of year to reflect on all that we have and to give thanks. Personally, I strongly feel that we should do that all year round and adopt an "attitude of gratitude". It's so easy to take our loved ones, our health, homes, material items and even that cup of coffee we're able to purchase every day for granted. I understand that it can be extremely difficult to see some sunshine when experiencing rough times, but when we are challenged it just makes the good times that much better. Sometimes we're even able to look back on them and wonder what all the fuss was about.
Maple Sweet Potato Casserole
Ingredients For Your Maple Sweet Potato Casserole
- 4 medium sweet potatoes
- 5 tablespoons unsalted butter, divided
- 1/2 cup milk
- 2 tablespoons pure maple syrup
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
For the topping
- 1/2 cup oats
- 1/2 cup chopped pecans
- 3 tablespoons light brown sugar
- 1 tablespoon flour
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 cup marshmallows
Directions For Your Maple Sweet Potato Casserole
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Prepare an 8 X 8-inch baking dish by spraying it with cooking spray.
- Put enough water into a medium pot to make it half full and bring water to a boil over medium-high heat. Peel and cut the potatoes into medium size chunks.
- Boil the potatoes until fork tender, about 20 minutes.
- Remove from heat. Drain the potatoes and return to pot.
- Add 3 tablespoons butter, milk, maple syrup, salt. With a potato masher or a hand blender, mash / blend until smooth. Place contents into the prepared baking dish.
- In a small bowl, combine oats, brown sugar, flour, and cinnamon.
- With a pastry cutter or two knives, cut in the two remaining tablespoons of butter until it resembles coarse meal.
- Add the marshmallows and pecans, and toss to combine. Scatter the topping evenly over the sweet potatoes.
- Bake for 25 minutes.
I hope your holiday this year is filled with joy, love and many, many things to be thankful for, and of course, lots and lots of delicious food!
What sides does your family enjoy every Thanksgiving?
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