Traditional Sweet Potato Casserole
2 1/2 pounds sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1-inch cubes
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
1/4 cup butter, softened
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup finely chopped pecans, divided
2 cups miniature marshmallows
Preheat oven to 400°.
Grease each sweet potato with a bit of crisco or non-stick cooking spray and place on a foil-lined baking sheet. Bake at 400 degrees for one hour.
Peel potatoes, and place potatoes in a large bowl. Add sugar and next 3 ingredients (through vanilla). Mash sweet potato mixture with a potato masher. Fold in 1/4 cup pecans. Scrape potato mixture into an even layer in an 11 x 7-inch baking dish coated with cooking spray. Sprinkle with remaining 1/4 cup pecans; top with marshmallows. Bake at 375° for 25 minutes or until golden.
Pairs Well With
I'm planning to make this for both Thanksgiving and Christmas this year - this rendition is a little bit lighter than some versions, so you can feel just a schosh better about eating it! I've adapted this recipe from myrecipes.com, choosing to bake my sweet potatoes before mashing them as opposed to boiling them. This gives them loads of flavor!