M* Thanksgiving Recipe Exchange

Ok,  M* Readers, it’s time for sharing holiday recipes.  Here is your opportunity to share your family’s favorite Thanksgiving dish.   Every year I get requests for my Sweet Potato Casserole; created by my friend, Sandra Loggins, a real live southern granny. Enjoy!

Granny’s Southern-styled Sweet Potato Casserole

3 cups sweet potatoes (about 4 good sized ones)

1/2 cup brown sugar

1/2 butter

2 beaten eggs

1 tsp vanilla

1/3 cup evaporated milk

1/2 cup pecans

1/4 tsp nutmeg

1/2 tsp cinnamon


1 cup brown sugar

1 stick butter

1 cup  pecans

1/3 cup flour

bag of marshmellows (optional)

Mix together the potatoes (cooked and mashed), brown sugar, sugar, butter, eggs, vanilla, milk, nuts, nutmeg, cinnamon. Put mixture into a casserole dish*. Beat together the ingredients for the topping until gooey. Spoon over the top of the potato mixture and bake at 325 degrees for 35-40 minutes. May be topped with marshmallows (optional) and returned to 450 degree oven until golden brown.

*recommend you use a disposal pan 15x11x2 with room to rise.

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About JA Benson

Joanna entered the world as a BYU baby. Continuing family tradition, she graduated BYU with a degree in Elementary Education and taught for several years. Growing up in Salt Lake County, her favorite childhood hobbies were visiting cemeteries and eavesdropping on adult conversations. Her ancestral DNA is multi-ethnic and she is Mormon pioneer stock on every familial line. Joanna resides in the Southeastern USA with her five children ranging in age from 8 to 24. Her husband passed away in 2009. She is an avid reader and a student of history. Her current intellectual obsession is Sephardic Jewish history, influence and genealogy. She served as a board member for her local chapter of Families with Children from China. She is the author of “DNA Mormons?” Summer Sunstone 2007 http://www.bycommonconsent.com/2007/04/dna-mormons/ and “Becoming Hong Mei`s Mother” in the Winter Sunstone 2009 http://theredbrickstore.com/sunstone/becoming-hong-meis-mother/.

11 thoughts on “M* Thanksgiving Recipe Exchange

  1. Oh my, this is a delicious idea for a thread!

    For now I will contribute the best Thanksgiving pie suggestion I have ever heard:

    Don’t force the pie to compete with turkey etc. for gastric real estate. Have a separate Pie Night on a different day!

  2. I am verklempt! How could one of our very own bloggers suggest we skip pie on Thanksgiving?!?!? 😐 Wow! I though I knew you better than that, Ben. 😉

  3. On the subject of recipes, my wife found a Christmas recipe book at Costco with recipes from wards around the globe. We nearly bought it as a Christmas gift for a family member.

    I’m waiting for someone in my family to make funeral potatoes for Thanksgiving dinner. Oh, sure, I love whipped potatoes, but I think a little variety at the table is a good thing.

    Here’s a recipe I want to try for Thanksgiving:

    1 turkey
    1 fryer
    Lots of oil
    Fry turkey until it is done.
    Try not to burn anything down while cooking.
    Eat Turkey.
    Eat Pie (yes, Ben, I will eat pie!!)
    Watch football
    Watch more football

  4. Wow! Who knew pie could be so controversial. I suggest eating dinner early, around 1PM and then eating a small piece of pie around 7pm for dinner. Eat pie again for breakfast.

    Ginger-Thanks for the great recipe for green bean casserole. My recipe is very boring, so we will be using yours this year.

    Brian- If you cook your turkey in a fryer for Thanksgiving…you might be a redneck. Also see: http://www.mysafela.org/component/content/article/55-ems-feature/208-turkey-fryer-dangers

  5. I purpously eat less dinner so there is more room for PIE!! But I totally think the seperate pie night is a good idea…I always have time for pie.

    There are many good recipes I have — many to list here. My favorite is making pumpkin pie with fresh roasted pumpkin. Follow the pie recipe on a can of regular pumpkin, but instead of using the sluge in the can, use a pumpkin you’ve roasted yourself…..it makes worlds of difference!!

  6. The cookbook of recipes from wards around the globe can be found at Deseret Book. I think Wal-Mart has it too.

  7. I fear I was unclear.

    The point is to eat MORE pie, so of course there is still pie after the feast in addition to a night of something light (e.g. soup) and then pie Pie PIE.

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