Sweet Potatoes with Streusel Topping

Thanksgiving was just over a week ago.

The food coma is over. My jeans are still tighter. It’s time for us to get real about the best dish of the day.

Marshmallows are light, fluffy and delicious. Perfect for S’mores and Hot Cocoa…. but not sweet potatoes…

It’s one of the 7 deadly cooking sins. (I don’t know what the other 6 are but it sounds dramatic- this is big time.)

I know it’s not traditional but come take this ‘sweet’ journey with me and there will be no turning back.

The trick to our family sweet potato recipe is the Streusel topping. It’s butter, it’s sugar, it’s pecans (puh-kans not pea-cans), what’s not to love?!

Here’s how it goes:

Sweet potatoes (well actually yams but sweet potatoes are white and boring). Use fresh sweet potatoes, not canned, it makes a HUGE difference.

Streusel goodness.

Sprinkling the goodness, nice and even. If you notice any uneven places, just eat a few of the streusel clumps. I won’t tell.

It’s a popular favorite with our Thanksgiving crowd.

A quick snap-shot of my plate on Turkey Day without the tryptophan.

Sweet Potatoes with Streusel Topping

For the potatoes:

  • 3-4 Medium Sweet Potatoes, cooked and peeled
  • 1/2 C. Butter, melted
  • 1/2 C. Sugar
  • 1/3 C. Milk
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp. Vanilla

For the topping:

  • 1 C. Chopped Pecans
  • 1/3 C. Flour
  • 1/3 C. Butter, softened
  • 1 tsp. Vanilla
  • 1 C. Brown Sugar

Cook the sweet potatoes. You can use the microwave or oven, just like you would cook a baked potato. Poke a lot of holes in them and stick them in the microwave for 5 minutes checking softness periodically, or in the oven, wrapped in foil at 350 until softened (30 minutes) or so. Alternatively you can peel and cut the potatoes raw and place them on the stove and boil until tender.

Once the potatoes are cooked, combine with the other ingredients and mix with a hand mixer (or stand mixer) until smooth. Spread into a greased 9X13 pan.

Combine all streusel ingredients together in a separate bowl, using either a fork or pastry cutter. The mixture should come together in clumps. If it looks too dry, you may need to add a bit more softened butter or try using your hands to bring it together a little better. Sprinkle evenly onto the sweet potatoes.

Bake in a 350 degree oven for 30 minutes. It will be golden brown and delicious, but very hot.

Helpful hint: You can make it the day before and refrigerate. Just bring to room temp. to cook on the day of.

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