Friends with whom I've shared this recipe say it's their favorite way to serve sweet potatoes. I like to make it for brunch as a colorful go-with dish. The mingled sweet, tart and salty tastes are an unusual treat. —Sue Mallory, Lancaster, Pennsylvania
A neighbor passed this on to me. I make my casserole for family dinners, reunions and potlucks, and the response is almost always the same when people taste it—"Can I have the recipe?"
I grew up as the oldest of seven children...I've been cooking for 67 of my 78 years. For 50 years, I worked as a beautician. Now, I'm a retired widow with four grown children.
My mom and I developed this recipe to see if there was a carrot dish that even people who don't care for carrots would enjoy. So far, I haven't met anyone who hasn't liked our casserole—especially when the carrots are freshly dug from the garden! —Laurie Heward, Fillmore, Utah
This casserole from Mary Kay Elert of St. Paul Park, Minnesota will please even the pickiest eaters. "My grandpa, who gave me the recipe to me, liked the way the cream cheese and onion dip created a wonderful velvety texture. I often assemble it the night before, then pop it in the oven the next day," she details.
Since I enjoy spending time with my guests rather than alone in the kitchen, this one's a favorite dish...I've served it with ham, pork and turkey.
With its color and eye appeal, I call on it on special days like Christmas or Easter when I'm cooking for a crowd. I'd also recommend it for potlucks.
Although my husband and I were "city kids" both born in Toronto, we have been farming since we were married. We have two grown daughters.
"These potato packets are so easy to prepare ahead of time, then pack in the cooler for camping trips or picnics and toss on the grill when needed," notes Darlene Brenden of Salem, Oregon. "The mayonnaise, seasonings and cheese really coat the potatoes and turn them into something special."