SecondAct Asks: What's Your Thanksgiving Essential?
I consider myself an adventurous cook. I love discovering fun new recipes, spicing up old ones and bringing a touch of spontaneity to the table. Even on tradition-heavy holidays, I feel compelled to add some unexpected and exciting twists on classic dishes.
Yet there's always one constant on my family's Thanksgiving table for as long as I can remember: our take on sweet potato casserole. If I ever so much as tweaked this generations-old recipe, I'm afraid my family would rip the oven mitts from my hands in revolt.
It's a basic sweet potato casserole, but the tart apples and toasted nuts give this holiday standby a rich, homey flavor. It's the one dish I always serve or bring on Thanksgiving Day.
What's your family's must-have Thanksgiving feast staple? We invite you to share your recipes in the comments section below.
Here's the recipe for my family's festive sweet potato casserole.
5 sweet potatoes, peeled
4 Granny Smith apples, peeled and cored
1 cup toasted walnuts, chopped
2 TB butter
¼ cup water
Brown sugar, to sprinkle
Mini marshmallows to cover top of casserole
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Boil sweet potatoes until tender to the fork. Cut cooled sweet potatoes and apples into ¼-inch pieces. Coat a casserole dish with butter or cooking spray. Create layers of sweet potatoes, apples, walnuts and a sprinkle of brown sugar, respectively. Continue layering until you've used all of the ingredients. Add water. Place four pats of butter across the top, about four inches apart. Cover with foil and bake one hour, or until apples are tender. Remove foil and cover with marshmallows, place under broiler until golden brown. Enjoy.
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