Thursday, November 19, 2009

What is sweet potato casserole?

About 12 years ago we were exposed to the best way to eat a sweet potato. My aunt came to Thanksgiving dinner at my mom's house in 97'. She brought with her a casserole dish topped with a crunchy praline streusel topping. What was inside was a total surprise. When we broke into it, it had a bright orange interior, my heart sank. You see, I didn't like sweet potatoes AT ALL. I tried, I really tried! As a kid, how could I resist something covered in toasted marshmallows? But, when I got to the watery, stingy, and odd flavored pulp underneath it I could go no further.

Everyone seemed to be enjoying them however and I was feeling adventurous. I took a small scoop and my perception of the sweet potato had been changed forever. My family has embraced Georgia pudding completely and it's as much a staple as cranberry raspberry jello salad (which has been on the table for as long as I can remember)

I hope some of you try it and love it like we do.


Sweet Potato Casserole

3 cups mashed sweet potatoes or yams

1/2 cup of sugar
1/2 tsp of salt
1/3 cup of butter
2 eggs
1/2 cup of milk
2 tsp vanilla

Topping
1 cup of brown sugar
1/3 cup of melted butter
1/3 cup of flour
1 1/4 cup of chopped pecans

Cover and roast the peeled potatoes or yams until completely soft and mashable. When they reach room temperature mix in all of the ingredients. Make sure to whip them with a blender to ensure incorporation of ingredients. Mix the topping in a separate bowl and sprinkle on top of the sweet potato mixture. Bake in the oven at 350* for 35 minutes.

36 comments:

Cindy Brinkerhoff said...

I do love me some Georgia Pudding too :)

Gill - That British Woman said...

Okay explain something to this British woman.......is this a dessert that can be served with icecream, or has it to be served with your Turkey dinner?

I get confused with you guys when you eat those jello things with marshmallows in them with your savoury course you see!!

Gill in Canada

Stephanie said...

I have has your wonderful Georgia pudding but I think the cook called it by another name.
It is delicious.

Lisa said...

Really? Your family only began its Georgia Pudding obsession two years before I moved here? I thought it was something that you and Donald had been raised on.

I learn something new everyday.

David said...

this is the ONLY way to eat sweet poatoes!

David said...

hey, i just typed 'georgia pudding' in my google search bar, and this post was the second search result!

which leads me to wonder, is this dish an invention of your family?

Jeanette said...

OMGoodness!!! I finally got assigned something other than rolls and it was "Sweet Potatoes". Thanks for the recipe. I am definitely going to make this. I will let you know how it turns out.

Jeanette said...

Heidi-how many will this serve? We are having a large gathering and I am wondering if I should double this recipe? Or make 2 casseroles so the top is nice and crunchy? Please respond. Thanks in advance!

Amy J. said...

I just may have to try this cause I am soooo with you on the "under the marshmallow goodness is all that ornage stuff!"

SuzanSayz said...

I believe Karen got the recipe from her mother in law. And the last I heard she still didn't want it being givin out. I don't agree though. As long as her MIL didn't create the recipe from scratch I don't see the big deal. The only recipes I won't give away are my very own ones that I came up with completely independant of any other recipe. Anything other than that and I think it's just silly to not want to share it.

Jennifer said...
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Jennifer said...

Aunt Karen is disappointed that a secret family recipe has made it onto the blog. She asks that you take down the recipe, as it is, like I said a SECRET family recipe given in confidence. Thank You.

Gill - That British Woman said...

thanks for letting me know..although I still would like it as a dessert, rather than part of a savoury meal.

Gill in Canada

Alicia said...

I love this georgia pudding business! Makes me hungry for thanksgiving!

Heidi D said...

I have to disagree with taking it down. There are so many recipes just like it titled sweet potato casserole on the internet and cookbooks. If you would like I could call it sweet potato casserole. Or I could absolve Karen with having anything to do with it.

Heidi D said...

There, I fixed it. I also put the small changes that I've made to it over the years.

Jeanette said...

I guess I better copy it down before you are forced to take it down. ;D

Anonymous said...

and why are you sharing the secret family recipe?????

debsters said...

That looks like a dessert you could put ice cream on. It looks and sounds delicious. I'll have to make this next week :)

Stephanie said...

I think the name Georgia pudding is so much better. In fact the woman who made this for me had lived in Georgia for a spell..

LKP said...

sounds delish, i could even substitute my flours in on this one! hooray for heidi & her splendid sweet 'taters! =)

Mike Brinkerhoff said...

Wow.. When I saw this post, I was shocked and dismayed that you were calling it SPC rather than GP.

Then I was even more dismayed by the catty, possessive comments.

This isn't 1850's Appalachia, it's not like Grandma's Moonshine Recipe is going to make or break the family's legacy.

It is, as you pointed out, a fairly common recipe in the scope of the entire world (aka internet).

In a similar fashion, in the mid '80s, my aunt Doris introduced a dessert she called "Lemon Lush". I'd never had such an amazingly cool, creamy and yummy dessert!

When she pulled out the recipe card for it, it actually was titled, "Yummy Dessert". Go figure.

For years, I considered it a true family heirloom, but I didn't keep it secret, I encouraged everyone to enjoy it... But I always gave credit to Aunt Doris.

Until about ten years later, when I stumbled upon something called an "Aunt Betty's Dessert" which, despite its completely stupid name, is exactly the same thing.

Hey Heidi, did you notice that this post's URL is still "What-Is-Georgia-Pudding"???

I thank you for sharing this, and hope many more people enjoy it as a result.

Heidi D said...

Thank you Mike. : )

I would also like to point out that Betty Crocker sells a sweet potato casserole kit in the grocery store too.

I think the secret might be out.

Mike Brinkerhoff said...

Wow! Aunt Cindy is disappointed that as a "family" we can't just enjoy this holiday season and encourage one another and others to enjoy the same yummy goodness that we do!

In other words "GET OVER YOUR SELF"

Cindy Brinkerhoff said...

oops that was Cindy

dani said...

yummy, we have it every year, and there's never a bite left in the dish:P have a great thanksgiving week, heidi:)
much love,
dani xxxx

Alicia said...
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SuzanSayz said...

Karen you know we all love you but I think we all know that expecting a recipe as common as Georgia Pudding to be a "secret family recipe" is absolutely ridiculous. It's not exactly original. And I doubt that your mother in law came up with it herself. I say, lets just agree that everyone enjoys it and that there is room in the world for everyone to have the recipe without anyone's feelings being hurt. I have to agree with Cindy, it's time to "get over" something this silly.

Kelly said...

This is ridiculous! Everybody knows (or should know) that the statute of limitations on the secrecy of secret family recipes is seven years.

Unless you file an extension before the fourth quarter of the seventh year, the recipe will fall under the category of Public Domain.

Let us now consider matter resolved.

Jennifer said...

Mom didn't post that, i did. and i don't care. she may not have come up with the original recipe, but she perfected it. she always changes them when she gives them out anyway.

Mike Brinkerhoff said...

...and where Fennifer says "changes" I say "sabotages"... ☺

Jeanette said...

I had it at a local restaraunt last night!!! Loved it. I will definetely be making it this year.

Wow. I am the 32nd commentor. I'm trying to think about what I could post about that would get me 32 (and counting) comments. ;)

Lisa said...

Wow oh wow, major drama happening over here.

jenG said...

Scandalous! Which will make it taste even yummier~ thanks for sharing it~ even if it does start a family feud.

Anonymous said...

That mother in law isnt even related to us so we will do what we damn please if they want to keep it a secret they shouldnt give it to people

-heidi's little sister

Jeanette said...

Heidi-this recipe was such a HIT last year, they assigned it to me again this year! I am glad you haven't taken this post down. I lost the scratch sheet of paper I wrote it on. I miss reading your posts. I hope you and your family are doing well. I think I am going to post on my own blog soon. Click by later to see. Have a fantastic Thanksgiving this year. And again, thanks for the great recipe! ♥Jeanette

ps I hope you get this comment :)