The original of this recipe was as a pie, directly from a colleague who was born and raised in New Orleans. Sweet Potato Pie is a traditional Southern dessert, very similar to pumpkin pie, although I think a little bit sweeter. I was on a trip to Virginia a couple of years ago, and was ecstatic to find a sweet potato pie in the local McDonald’s alongside their apple pies. It was amazing! Even years later, I miss it in my northeast home.
My mother could not grasp the idea that this pie was dessert or that it is typically eaten chilled. For her, it was a side dish and that’s what it became in our house for Thanksgiving.
Over the years I’ve changed it, and sometimes when I can’t find the extra large Keebler graham cracker crust I will make it as a casserole. That is the recipe that I’m going to share with you this November.
I know that this is a fall type food, but I will eat this all year round.
Sweet Potato Casserole
This started out as a pie, but then I got a little lazy, and it became a casserole. It is still pretty awesome!
1 lg can of yams or sweet potatoes
1 stick of unsalted butter
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1 bag of mini marshmallows
1. Cook the yams on the stovetop. When hot, drain and return the yams to the saucepan and mash.
2. Add the stick of butter, brown sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg, and mix thoroughly either by hand or with a mixer.
3. Transfer the smooth yams to a casserole dish. Cover with the marshmallows.
4. Bake in an oven at 350° for thirty-five minutes or until marshmallows are golden brown.
5. Serve as a side dish. Yummy.