Crunchy-Topped SWEET POTATO Casserole

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Bake the sweet potatoes for the best flavor.  They can be baked a day or two in advance and refrigerated until time to make the casserole.

Casserole ingredients:
3 full cups cooked sweet potatoes (about 4 to6 sweet potatoes, depending on the size)
½ cup butter or margarine, melted
1 tsp. real vanilla extract
2 large eggs, well beaten
1/3 cup sweet milk or Pet milk
1 cup granulated sugar
½ of a Granny Smith apple, finely diced
½ cup raisins (regular or golden)
2 T. bourbon whiskey (optional)
Marshmallows, whole or mini (optional)



Topping ingredients:
1 cup light brown sugar
½ cup plain flour
1 cup pecans, chopped
1/3 cup butter or margarine, melted

Remove the skins from the baked sweet potatoes and cut into chunks.  Using an electric mixer, beat the sweet potato chunks with the melted butter to blend and cream the sweet potatoes.  Beat in all remaining casserole ingredients and continue beating to get the mixture to a fluffy, whipped consistency.

In a medium bowl using a fork, mix all topping ingredients.  Prepare a 9 X 13-inch baking dish with spray-oil.  Spread the sweet potato casserole mixture into the dish; then evenly sprinkle on the topping mixture.  Bake, uncovered, at 350 degrees for about 25 minutes.

This recipe is very similar to my maternal grandmother’s recipe.  I think that she added whole regular-size marshmallows to the top before cooking.  My grandmother, Lucile S. Judkins, loved to entertain and would always serve this dish to old friends of theirs, Nancy and Albert Gresham.  Mr. Albert was particularly fond of it.  He never seemed to catch-on that my grandmother liberally laced the dish with bourbon.  He had always been a staunch teetotaler. When invited for dinner, he was reported to say, “Nancy, is Lucile having my favorite sweet potato casserole for dinner tonight?”  I am quite sure that it was my grandmother’s bourbon-laced sweet potato casserole that helped him live to be 98 years old!  Then, to top it all, his female physician prescribed a nightly bourbon toddy after he had major surgery at 89 years old.  He happily followed her advice!


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