Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Pimp my Yams

Yo Yo Yo, all you giblet-lovin fools out there in Bloggy-Land,


Okay, Tattooed Minivan Mom is having a Thanksgiving Recipe Exchange so I decided to pipe in.

Now, Here's the 411 on the Texan Household Thanksgiving: We do it small. Usually I just roast a boneless turkey breast. I know, pathetic, right? But it's just me and Texan Papa and the 4 Peanuts. Well, baby Peanut (aka Sally) doesn't eat much, and for that matter neither do the other Peanuts. But they INHALE the mashed potatoes. So, we do the usual carb-laden meal: stuffing, mashed potatoes, rolls, and the other "healthy" option too: corn or green beans (I gave up long ago doing the GB Casserole - I love it but got many dirty looks from the Peanut gallery - like "why have you mutilated my precious plain green beans into this creamy, soupy, mess? And what are those brown crunchy things on top? For the Love Of ALL THINGS GOOD AND HOLY, just give me my PLAIN GREEN BEANS or I will MELT DOWN RIGHT HERE AT THE TABLE!!!")

We have long since abandoned getting together with family. Some might say, "Aww, that's really sad." Now, next Thursday, when you are at your relatives' house, wishing the meal would just be ready already, and your kids are like 2 hours overdue for a nap, and you're sweating bullets every time your toddler gets near your hostess' priceless crap tchotchkes, you'll be saying to yourself, "Man I wish I was at my own house like Texan Mama is in hers." Yeah, no relatives to entertain. No long road trip to endure. No hurrying up at one house so we can go gorge ourselves at another house 2 hours later. Living far, far away from any relatives really has its advantages.

Anyhoo, back to the recipe exchange. Now, I hate sweet potatoes. I think they look like a big orange turd. I think they smell disgusting and look disgusting. So, guess what I'm going to share with you? YES, A RECIPE FOR SWEET POTATOES. Enjoy. I cannot claim credit for this recipe. It came from the cookbook "Saint Louis Days, Saint Louis Nights" published by the Junior League of St. Louis. I have made this recipe many times to rave reviews (as I have with many recipes from this cookbook - I highly recommend it), although I have never actually tasted it. I've been told that it's a nice new twist for Sweet Potatoes, and it's not overly sweet like the traditional dishes which have marshmallows in them.

Sweet Potato Souffle with Pineapple and Coconut

(oh, btw: I use crushed Pecans in place of the coconut. Even though I hate sweet potatoes, I hate coconut even more.)

8 medium sweet potatoes
1/2 cup (1 stick) margarine
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup brown sugar
2 well-beaten eggs
1 teaspoons baking powder
1 cup drained, crushed pineapple
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup coconut (remember, I sub pecans for this, but it's your call)

  • Wash sweet potatoes and place in a jellyroll pan. Cover with foil.

  • Bake at 400 degrees for 45 to 60 minutes until fork completely penetrates potato.

  • Cool, peel, and put potatoes in a large mixing bowl. (VERY large - there's going to be a lot!)

  • Mash potatoes until smooth. Stir in margarine and sugars.

  • Add the eggs, and baking powder, pineapple, and salt. Mix well.

  • Transfer ingredients into a well-greased 2-quart casserole dish.

  • Bake at 350 degrees for about 30 minutes.

  • Remove from the oven and cover the souffle with coconut pecans. (I put them in a nice little border around the outside of the pan, then add a few whole pecans at the center.)

  • Bake an additional 10 minutes (or until light brown).

Other notes: 8 "medium" sweet potatoes - really, all sweet potatoes are pretty big. My suggestion is to first cook the potatoes and mash them, then look at how much will fit into a 2-quart casserole. If you have too much, don't use the extra potatoes b/c it will make too much and also the proportions of the other ingredients won't be right. ALSO, I have successfully made this dish with butternut squash puree - but that's an extra step where you have to add brown sugar to it too. If you're really interested in this just email me and I can give you the extra ingredients.

Okay, go. Cook. Sweat. Gorge. Bloat. And, Enjoy.


Christine said...

Oh I love Sweet Potatoes...and just so ya know, some of looooooooove 40 people at our house for Thanksgiving dinner, LOL. I amy take on the recipe challenge I haven't decided yet. Have to take the girls to school first.

April said...

I always go to my Moms (15 min. away) and it's usually a pretty small croud. Maybe 2 other people so it's good. She does both sweet potatos and mashed and dressing (she doesn't stuff the bird so it's not stuffing) and rolls, cranberry sause, sweat tea and about 5 different pies. It's carb heaven! She also has a lot of other stuff.

Debbie said...

I came over when I saw the title of this post on Anglophile Fanatic. You have a great way of telling a story.

Heather said...

Oooh, yummy! I'm in the recipe exchange too, but I didn't do a sweet potato recipe. I like them and so does my hubby, so I might do these this year instead of our traditional mashed. (Which my kiddo with her SPD will NOT eat - it's a texture thing.)

We too are going to be home and just the three of us for Turkey Day. My folks were supposed to come up, but they opted to get a new puppy and Hubby didn't want a 9 week old, not-really-housebroken puppy in our house with our "make me mad and I'll pee all over your bed," never met a dog in her sheltered 6.5 year life, indoor cat. So, it'll be just us (as it has been many a year before) and a turkey breast, too!

It is nice that way, plus there's more food to go around for just us and no one has to eat my cousin's heinous, always overdone, pureed sweet potato thing with the burnt marshmallows on top. Ew.

Cindy said...

Mmmm, sounds great! Now, about the family thing, do what makes you happy! I wish I would at times :)

Becky :) said...

I totally get you on the relatives thing. The last couple of years we have actually had a low key get together with just my kids and my fiance at home and of course it all depends on whether I have my kids for that holiday. If I don't we usually just go out and eat and leave the dishes to someone else. But this year my brother and his family are coming home since they recently moved so we will be enjoying dinner at his in-laws house. But the fiance will be staying home, he can't handle all that.
I like your recipe although I'm not always fond of sweet potatoes, unless they have some alcohol in them. Is that sad or what???
Thanks for sharing.

Angie @ KEEP BELIEVING said...

Seriously, is tchotchkes a word?

Oh wait, I looked it up in our dictionary and it IS a word.

This recipe looks good.


Mc Allen said...

Oooh looks great, mught have to try that!! Thanks for sharing! Oh and I'm giving something Nice away, Come see !!!! LA

jori-o said...

That sounds pretty yummy! Thanks for the recipe! =)

Eudea-Mamia said...

Your so on with the no relative factor. Thanksgiving is a blow out in our home - come one, come all, eat me out of house and home. But come Christmas morning, it's just the four of us.

My mother has threatened to throw herself out to sea this year, well not really, but the depression in her voice said it. No go. I want peace, tranquility and children squeeling under my own roof. I want all of us to stay in our pjs, and just slip back into bed at the end of the day, content from happiness overload.

Too much to ask?


sassy stephanie said...

Dang. Whad up with your site? I have not seen anything for days and now I have 10 entries in my reader. Stupid Google reader.

We do a small holiday as well. I think it cuts down on the stress, fo sho.