Tuesday, November 22, 2011


The Best EVER Sweet Potato Casserole

I know this is a blog about being successful in the publishing industry, but how can you be successful without good eats? And what a way to relieve stress and break writer's block than chopping it up in the kitchen. The recipes that I'll post from time to time can also be used as bargaining (bribing) tools as you wheel and deal. Did I say that out loud? Yes. (Here's a great chocolate cake recipe. Editors and agents love chocolate.)

And now, here's another weapon, I mean, delicious recipe that will garner much praise from your discerning table at Thanksgiving time--and quick answers from your editor, agent, marketing/PR person, graphic designer, and whomever else you need to cajole.

Start with beautiful, large sweet potatoes. About 2 or 3 should be enough. I wash them really well, then plop them in a large pot and boil them till the skin slides off and they are nice and mushy. From there, I skin them and measure out 3 cups of mashed sweet potatoes and complete the following steps:

3 cups mashed sweet potatoes
1 stick butter
1 cup sugar
1 tsp vanilla
2 eggs
1/2 cup milk

1 cup light brown sugar
1/2 stick butter
1/3 cup flour
1 cup chopped nuts

Mix ingredients and pour unto well-greased casserole dish (11 3/4 x 7 1/2 x 1 3/4)
Topping: Mix and sprinkle on top of casserole.
Bake at 350 for 35 minutes or until done.

For kicks, I sometimes use a smaller CorningWare 2 1/2-qt oval casserole dish, so that my topping creates this thick, crusty, buttery layer that completely covers the sweet and soft deliciousness underneath. Then you have to like break through the crust to scoop it out on to your plate. Oh. My. God. So, so good.

Try it out and let me know what you think. Also, if you have any of your BEST EVER recipes for Thanksgiving, please share them here.

Happy Thanksgiving!
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