Mashed Sweet Potatoes

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mashed-sweet-potatoesThese mashed sweet potatoes are sweet and crunchy.  They are a welcome change from the typical sweet potatoes with the mini-marshmallows on top. These are so easy to make and best of all, they can be made ahead of time and baked right before you are ready to serve them.

 

Ingredients 

3 Lbs Sweet Potatoes
2 TBSP Butter
2 oz Cream Cheese
1/2 tsp Pumpkin Pie Spice
2 TBSP Brown Sugar
1/4 Cup Half & Half
Salt & Pepper

 

Topping

4 TBSP Butter, softened
1/2 Cup Pecans
1/4 Cup Flour
1/2 tsp Cinnamon
1/4 Cup Brown Sugar
Pinch of Salt

 

Instructions

Preheat oven to 375º. Grease a casserole dish. Peel and cube the potatoes. Put them in a saucepan and cover them with cold water. Add 1 tablespoon of salt to the water. Boil the potatoes until they are soft. Drain and return them to the pot. Using a hand mixer, mash the potatoes until they’re smooth. Add the butter, cream cheese, pumpkin pie spice,, half & half, brown sugar, salt and pepper . Continue mixing until well combined. Add salt and pepper to taste. In a medium sized mixing bowl, combine the butter, brown sugar, flour, cinnamon and a pinch of salt. Mix to combine… Transfer the mashed potatoes to the greased casserole and top with the sugar mixture. Sprinkle the nuts on top. Bake for 30 minutes.

November

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November marks the official start of the holiday season with Thanksgiving on the third Thursday of the month.  

I love Thanksgiving.  It’s a day to be thankful for the people around you, the food on the table and all the wonderful things in our lives.  There aren’t any presents or crazy shopping to take away from celebration.  It’s just about enjoying the day with friends and family.  

The food is delicious with Turkey being the star of the show.  Lots of delicious side dishes of stuffing, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, cranberries, vegetables and delicious gravy to go over it all.  Yum!!

Typically, I have a crowd of about 30 or so at my house, which seems to be the norm at Thanksgiving time for a lot of people. 

I am used to cooking for a crowd, but a lot of people that I speak to are extremely stressed by the house preparation, decorations and the meal for so many people.

Fortunately, I am here to help you thorough the holiday.  From easy decorations to a fabulous meal.  My Thanksgiving cheat sheet is amazing.  On one piece of paper, you will have the timetable to roast a turkey and how to make the best stuffing around.  It also has a recipe to make mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes and a broccoli casserole that all your friends and family will devour.  And last but not least perfect gravy.  It couldn’t be easier.  

Now, on page 2, you will find Pumpkin and Apple pie.  The Apple pie recipe is from my Grandmother.  It is easy and fool proof. 

Not only will I give you all the help you need to serve an amazing meal, but I will also give you easy tips on setting a beautiful table.  

Let’s get started!!