Friday, November 19, 2010

Pimp My Yams... Again.

Here's a blog post that I first published in November of '08. Then, I think I brought it back out in November of '09. So, I figured, why not? It's November '10. Time to post my annual recipe for Thanksgiving.

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


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 5 Peanuts. Well, baby Peanut (aka Sally) (aka Violet) 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. 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.

Texan Mama


Gigi said...

I totally love you. I, too, cannot abide sweet potatoes or yams. In any form but my family (particularly MC LOVES them).

Where we part ways is the green bean casserole - that I can't stand. I like the crunchy parts - but the rest? Yuck!

Seeing as I'm not the cook in the family - I really don't have much say in the menu though.

And yes, living far, far away does have it's advantages; doesn't it?

Frogs in my formula said...

I'm going to have to stop reading this blog. You HATE sweet potatoes? Nooooooo. I could LIVE on sweet potatoes. If you cut them up nice and thin and bake them, you can pass them off as fries.

Those poor orange potatoes. Say it isn't so!!

OHmommy said...

I'm so glad you re-posted it. I'm gonna give it a try tomorrow - just printing it out now. We have our turkey day dinner with in-laws fam tomorrow. Thanks!