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Sweet Potato and Pecan Casserole (Recipe)

Thanksgiving Side: Sweet Potato Pone

In Mississippi, a good family recipe starts with a stick of butter and ends with chopped pecans. This Thanksgiving side dish, passed down through my Southern family on my mom's side, proves that sweet potatoes can be comforting and indulgent without moving into marshmallow-topping territory.

When I show up to a Thanksgiving celebration with this dish, everyone's first question is, what's pone? Somewhere between a casserole and a custard, sweet potato pone has a consistency that calls to mind bread pudding or cornbread dressing, and the grated potatoes and pecans combine to create a crispy, browned topping.

Though "sweet potato pone" has a nicer ring to it, yams are just as yummy. I highly recommend grating them in the food processor if you have one, and this becomes a quick and easy recipe. Serve it as a side dish during the Thanksgiving meal; I like to make it the last thing I eat on my plate. The leftovers also make a delicious Friday morning breakfast. Learn how to bake up this sweet potato side.

Sweet Potato Pone

Sweet Potato Pone

Sweet Potato and Pecan Casserole Recipe

Ingredients

  1. 3 cups raw sweet potatoes or yams, grated (about 2 large potatoes)
  2. 1/2 cup melted butter
  3. 4 eggs
  4. 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  5. 1/4 teaspoon allspice
  6. 1/3 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  7. 1/4 teaspoon salt
  8. 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  9. 1-1/2 cups white sugar
  10. 1 cup milk
  11. 1 cup pecans, toasted and coarsely chopped

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350ºF.
  2. In a mixing bowl, combine ingredients in order listed.
  3. Transfer to a well-greased 9-inch by 9-inch baking pan and bake until firm, about 45 minutes.
  4. Serve hot or at room temperature.

Makes 8 servings.


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