It wouldn't be Thanksgiving without the versatile root vegetable—the sweet potato. Building on traditional recipes used by my mother and grandmother, I've added maple syrup, brown sugar, dried apricots and more spices to update this holiday casserole.
—Keri Scofield Lawson, Fullerton, California
"I discovered this yummy sweet potato recipe years ago," relates Beth Buhler, Lawrence, Kansas. "There's no need for lots of butter and sugar because the pineapple and marshmallows provide plenty of sweetness. It's a holiday favorite at our house," she shares.
A few convenience items hurry along prep of this speedy casserole from Nella Parker of Hersey, Michigan. A sweet-and-tangy fruit glaze tops canned sweet potatoes and apple pie filling with delicious results. Serve it alongside roasted meats or take it to a potluck.
Vicki Schurk from Hamden, Connecticut shares this slightly sweet side dish that's perfect for fall. Apples and sweet potatoes are topped with brown sugar, oats, maple syrup and a sprinkling of spices for flavorful results.
Some tasty seasonings like cinnamon and nutmeg and a crunchy corn flake and walnut topping make it easy for even kids to eat their nutritious sweet potatoes. This is a terrific Thanksgiving side dish. —Virginia Slater, West Sunbury, Pennsylvania
I got this recipe from a friend years ago, and I've used it a lot since! So many of my friends enjoyed it that I've sent the recipe all over the country! I make it primarily for Thanksgiving, or for dinners when I'm serving ham.
I took my mother's delicious sweet potato casserole recipe and gave it a new twist by adding the tempting taste of orange-a fruit very abundant in our state. The flavors are wonderful together and make this dish a family favorite. —Norma Poole, Auburndale, Florida
My grandmother always served this sweet potato casserole at Thanksgiving. The puffy marshmallow topping gives the dish a festive look, and spices enhance the sweet potato flavor.
-Edna Hoffman, Hebron, Indiana
“Most people never consider combining sweet potatoes with pasta and kielbasa, but I adapted this recipe from several others and I’ve received several compliments on it," says Rickey Madden of Clinton, South Carolina. "You can add more cheese or sausage to suit your taste.”
My Yam Bake has become a holiday tradition in our family. The blend of cranberries and sweet potatoes in this recipe results in a very pretty appearance—and a unique taste.
I grew up on a small Arkansas farm in the foothills of the Ozarks. Both my mother and father are excellent cooks, and I've been cooking since I was a little girl. In fact, my husband teases me that I read cookbooks like some other people read novels!
Pineapple, sugar and marshmallows lend a super sweetness to sweet potatoes. I've been making the casserole for years, both for special occasions at home and for casual dinners. —Ruth Leach, Shreveport, Louisiana