Sweet Potato Soufflé, A MUST for Thanksgiving Day

There are only two side dishes that my family requires me to make each year
for our Thanksgiving meal.
All the other foods are optional.
Including the turkey.
(Last year, we had an all vegetarian meal.)
Anyway, those two things that are specifically ordained as Thanksgiving Day fare each year
are Corn Casserole and Sweet Potato Souffle'.

18 years ago when we were a young family, Miss S was only 3 years old,
and I was pregnant with Miss A, we lived in Dothan, Alabama,
and had no immediate family to share our T-Day meal with.
Some friends invited us to their home for the day.

We are so glad they did!
Jay and Laura not only showed us love and hospitality,
they shared their family's recipe for THE best sweet potato side dish we had ever had.
I have yet to find a better recipe. (Not that I was looking.)
I think of them each year as I pull out this card on
Thanksgiving Day morning and start mixing the ingredients.

Sweet Potato Souffle'

(1) 29 ounce can and (1) 16 ounce can sweet potatoes (or 6 cups cubed, cooked sweet potatoes)
1 stick (1/2 cup) butter, melted
3/4 cup sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
2 eggs

Drain potatoes. Whip all ingredients until pale-ish and fluffy. 
Put into baking dish.
Sprinkle topping over potatoes.

(I always double this because I like LOVE the crunchy, buttery, pecan-y layer! Yum.)
1/3 c. butter, softened
1/2 cup sugar
1/3 cup flour
3/4 cup chopped pecans
(I add 1 tsp. of cinnamon, too.)

Mix topping ingredients with a fork.

Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.

Watch it disappear.

If you make this, I am positive that this will make your "must have", "begged for",
"better make" list when you plan your Thanksgiving Day meal.

Bon Appétit, Y'all!


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  1. Making me hungry.....will probably have to make this for turkey day this year.

  2. I am SO excited about this recipe! I've copied this into word and I'll be making it for sure along with pumpkin mac and cheese!

  3. This is a favorite with our family as well. My sweet, sweet grandmother once informed us she had made a Sweet Potato Shuffle. We were all confused until we realized she'd misread souffle'! Since then we've always called it The Sweet Potato Shuffle! LOL!

  4. It looks delish! we love sweet potatoes here...we bake them at least 2-3 times a week!

  5. sounds yum...but not very slimming ;-)

  6. Mmmmm, we've had this for Thanksgiving in the past. It is so good, and rich!

  7. THANK YOU! We had this dish (or at least one very much like it) once, many years ago. I think maybe it was in a Southern Living magazine, perhaps? Not sure. But it was absolutely delicious--and we lost the recipe. We've looked for it, but have never been able to find anything that replicated that wonderful crunchy topping. Now that I see your recipe, I'm pretty sure this is it! My husband is going to be so happy! :)

  8. Yummy! I love a good recipe and this one is perfect Leslie. Thank you for sharing. :)

  9. Oh WOW, Leslie. That looks like an absolutely divine recipe. Oh wowser, wowser, wowsers. Thanks for sharing. Susan


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