Saturday, December 1, 2012

Superb Sweet Potato Souffle


When the holidays roll around, I adore a good Sweet Potato Souffle!  It's one of my very favorite sides this time of year.  Its brown sugary sweetness, perfectly buttery, and pecan-filled topping can't be beat, and then there's the light, airy goodness of the sweet potatoes below.  

Yum.

I found this recipe from Paula Deen and made some changes to the butter and sugar quantities.  One whole cup of sugar in the sweet potatoes seemed like an awful lot, so I cut that amount in half.  I also cut the butter down to 6 Tbsp.  For the topping, I left that alone and didn't really change anything except for a little extra pecans.

The results were wonderful, however, still pretty sweet.  My philosophy is...If it's the holidays, go ahead and indulge because this souffle is quite delicious!  If making this again throughout the rest of the year, I might decrease the sugar in the topping just a little bit, so as not to TOTALLY blow the diet.  ;-)

Bon Appetit, my friends!



Superb Sweet Potato Souffle
Adapted from:  Aunt Peggy's Sweet Potato Souffle - Paula Deen

Ingredients:
Souffle:
  • 3 cups cooked and mashed sweet potatoes, from about 2 to 3 small baked potatoes
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 3 eggs, beaten
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
Topping:
  • 1 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, about 1/2 stick, cubed, at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup self-rising cake flour
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
Directions:
Souffle: Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Lightly grease an 8-inch square baking dish.
In a large bowl, combine the sweet potatoes, sugar, eggs, milk, butter, vanilla, and salt. Pour the mixture into the prepared baking dish.

Topping: Combine the brown sugar, butter, flour, and pecans in a separate bowl. Crumble the topping over the sweet potato mixture.

Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, until the topping is golden brown. Serve hot. 

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