Jennifer at The Literary Housewife is sponsoring the first challenge of Thankfully Reading Weekend, and it's for a recipe and a reading experience that inspires you this time of year.
The recipe part is easy - one of my favorite dishes this time of year (or anytime of year for that matter!) is Sweet Potato Casserole. My husband's Aunt Wanda makes the most delicious batch of this yumminess there is, and I dearly miss being with her and the rest of the Wood clan this time of year!
And this ties into reading because Wanda and I share a love of reading, as do many others in the family, and it's always a great joy to share new mysteries and books with her and them!
Sweet Potato Casserole
2 1/2 pounds sweet potatoes (about 3 large), scrubbed
3 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted plus more for the preparing the pan
2 tablespoons packed dark brown sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
Pinch of freshly grated nutmeg
1/4 cup coarsely chopped pecans (or more if you can afford them! Geesh, they are high this year!)
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Put the sweet potatoes on a baking sheet and pierce each one 2 or 3 times with a fork. Bake for 45 to 60 minutes or until tender. Set aside to cool.
Turn the oven down to 350 degrees F. Scoop the sweet potato out of their skins and into a medium bowl. Discard the skins. Mash the potatoes until smooth. Add the eggs, butter, brown sugar, salt, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and pepper to taste. Whisk the mixture until smooth.
Butter an 8 by 8-inch casserole. Pour the sweet potato mixture into the pan and sprinkle the top with the pecans. Bake for 30 to 40 minutes. Serve hot and delicious.
Check out what other bloggings are serving up today - http://literatehousewife.com/2012/11/a-thankfully-reading-recipe-challenge/