I am confused! Have I been eating sweet potatoes or yams on Thanksgiving Day? I just had to go searching for an answer and I came up with this website. http://www.loc.gov/rr/scitech/mysteries/sweetpotato.html
It really does explain the difference and I have found out that yes, my mom used to use yams! :)
I have a feeling that either sweet potatoes, taters or yams will work just fine in these recipes.
The first one comes from Virgil Clark of Clark Farms...it's always part of their holiday meals!
1 cup sugar
3 cups cooked sweet potatoes
1/3 cup milk
1/2 cup unsalted butter
1 tsp. vanilla
1 cup firmly packed lite brown sugar
1 cup chopped Pecans
1/3 cup unsalted butter
1/2 cup flour
cook & mash sweet potatoes. Add sugar, eggs, vanilla, milk,& 1/2 cup margarine. Beat until smooth. Pour into a 2 quart casserole dish/pan
Combine in separate bowl, brown sugar,flour,1/3 cup margarine & pecans. Sprinkle on top of casserole . Bake at 350 for 30 minutes.
This next one comes from my Godchild, Heidi Wootres, and I can guarantee it is a winner...she fixed it last year when visiting from Virginia.
Sweet Tater Casserole
3 cups cooked, mashed sweet taters
1/2 cup melted butter
2 eggs, lightly beaten
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon vanilla
Combine and spoon into a greased casserole dish.
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 cup chopped pecans
1/3 cup flour
1/2 cup melted butter
Spread topping over taters and bake uncovered in a 350 degree oven for 40 minutes.
This one is my mom's “yam” recipe just as she wrote it out in her diary. She was a great cook that used unusual words to describe her recipes...the yams should be “just squishy” and not “mushy!” lol I try to do justice to her yams each year.
5 large fresh yams cooked (boil) until tender. Cool and peel the things. Put in bowl and beat with electric mixer. Add ¼ lb. butter melted, ¾ c. brown sugar, 4 eggs, 1 cup evaporated milk. Add 1 tsp of these ginger, nutmeg, cinnamon and very little cloves. Beat until smooth. Bake in 11 by 14 aluminum throw away pan (you won’t have to worry about taking the dirty dish home) in a 350 degree oven. When a knife comes out clean, the yams are done. Top with marshmallows and brown under broiler. Happy Gobble Gobble!