My Family's Favorite Thanksgiving Side Dishes

Every year I like to try a new side-dish recipe at our holiday feasts, but there are some classics that are always a tradition on our family table.  One such favorite is my cousin's TOASTED PECAN SWEET POTATOES.  The recipe couldn't be simpler, and it's not unusual to find a relative hovering over the casserole dish with a guilty spoon in hand even after the meal is through.  Enjoy!

(makes one 9x9 casserole)

  • 1 29 oz. can sliced sweet potatoes (drained and rinsed)
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup melted butter
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup evaporated milk
  • Topping
  • 1/2 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 2 1/2 Tablespoons melted butter
  • 1 1/2 cups finely chopped pecans

  1. Preheat oven to 350.  
  2. Coat the inside of a 9x9 baking dish with  non-stick cooking spray.
  3. With an electric mixer, beat the first 6 ingredients until smooth.  Pour into the prepared baking dish.
  4. Prepare the topping by combining all the ingredients in a medium bowl to form a crumbly mixture.
  5. Sprinkle on top of the creamy yams.
  6. Bake uncovered on center rack in oven for 25-30 minutes until browned on top.
  7. Cover lightly with foil if the topping begins to brown too quickly.

Here are some of my family's other favorites:

This is my all-time favorite:

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