Every family has their traditional dishes that are never missing from a Thanksgiving meal. My family is no exception. One of my absolute favorites is also one of my own food assignments every year. Each year, I am asked (by both my family and Chas' family....depending on where we are that year) to bring my Aunt Jan's Sweet Potatoes. They are INCREDIBLE!!! Before I had these sweet potatoes, I would NEVER TOUCH sweet potatoes. I just wasn't a fan of them. These potatoes are TO DIE FOR!!! It feels odd to even call them a side dish...they seriously taste like a dessert!
I wanted to share this recipe with you earlier so you would have time to try them this year, but I'm afraid that your shopping is probably already done for tomorrow. However, in case you are a last minute shopper like I am, I'm going to list the recipe anyway! You HAVE to try them! I am also assigned to bring my homemade rolls, which I call Bowles' Rolls (I received the recipe years ago from my friend whose last name is Bowles). I am listing that recipe as well. They are by far the BEST homemade rolls I have ever had! I will be making a batch of them tonight and one first thing tomorrow! I will probably update tomorrow night, but until then, I hope you all have an absolutely wonderful Thanksgiving day!!
Aunt Jan’s Sweet Potatoes
3 C. cooked sweet potatoes mashed (approx. 2 large potatoes)
1/4 C. sugar
1 C. brown sugar
1/2 tsp. salt
2 eggs beaten
1 C. butter melted
1/2 C. milk
1/2 tsp. vanilla
1 C. chopped walnuts
1/3 C. flour
Combine potatoes, sugar, 1/4 C. of the brown sugar, salt, eggs, 1/2 C. of the butter, milk and vanilla. Place in buttered 2 quart casserole dish. Combine remaining butter, brown sugar, walnuts and flour. Spoon over potatoes. Bake covered at 350 degrees for 30 minutes. (Note: I usually do this recipe and a half to fill a 9 x 13” baking dish.)
Unbelievable Homemade Rolls
Scald: 1 1/2 C. milk
(Scald = heat until hot...not boiling)
Add: 2 cubes butter
1 C. sugar
1 1/2 tsp. salt
Set aside to cool.
In a medium-sized bowl, dissolve: 4 T. yeast
1/2 C. warm water
1/2 tsp. sugar
Set for 10 minutes. (yeast will expand. Make sure it is in a large enough bowl to do so.)
Beat 4 eggs and add to milk mixture. Add 4 C. flour and mix well (by hand with a wooden spoon). Add yeast, mix well. Add 3 C. flour, mixing after each cup. Let rest for 10 minutes, then stir. Cover with a towel or saran wrap and let rise until doubled in bulk (approx. 1 hour). Punch down and let rise 10 more minutes. Section dough into 2 pieces. Roll each piece out separately into a circle and brush with melted butter. Cut into triangles like a pie. Roll up each piece like a crescent roll. Place on a cookie sheet and let rise until doubled. Bake at 375 degrees for 10-13 minutes. Remove from oven and brush with melted butter. Feel free to shape dough in whatever shapes desired (simple round, etc.). These rolls are to die for!! Makes approx. 2 1/2 dozen rolls. I also use this recipe to make cinnamon rolls and they are DELISH!!!
Today I am thankful for:
1. Knowing that my Christmas shopping is done and I won't have to go out shopping this week.
2. That I'm only 2 days away from Chas letting me listen to Christmas music here at home! (I have to be a closet listener until the day after Thanksgiving! LOL!)
3. The thought of Chas possibly coming home a little early today and him being home the rest of the week. YAY!
4. Seneca sleeping a 4 1/2 hour block last night.
5. $1.99 Breyers Ice Cream at the grocery store last night. Discovering Breyers Brownie Mud Pie Ice Cream...my new FAVE!!!!!