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Tuesday, November 20, 2012

It's Thanksgiving--let the celebration of carbs begin

Photo by Vangelis Thomaidin
At the Mullins-Tomlinson household Thanksgiving was all about the sides. Sure, the moistness of the turkey was important and the crispness of the stuffing (there was always two kinds--oyster stuffing because my father loved it and cornbread stuffing made with actual cornbread and none of this Mrs. Cubbinson's mix nonsense) but really, it was all about the starches and the side dishes.
Unlike 99 percent of southern households, we did not have green bean casserole at the holiday. My mother made green beans with bacon and dried red pepper the way God intended us to eat green beans. (I actually prefer crisp steamed green beans these days but when I'm at HomeTown Buffet, I almost always get some of their Southern-style string beans because they do them right.)
One of the dishes that was always on our Thanksgiving table was grated sweet potato pudding. (One of my aunts always brought the candied  yams with the orange juice and the crushed cornflakes and the marshmallows but she always took home most of the dish. The sweet potato pudding dish, though, would be scraped clean.)
Here's the recipe:


4 raw sweet potatoes, peeled and grated (do not use yams)
1 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar (you can use molasses)
1/2 cup melted butter
2 eggs
1/4 cup milk
1/4 cup orange juice
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. ginger
1/4 tsp. nutmeg
1 Tbsp. dried orange peel (or rind of a fresh orange)
dash salt

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Beat eggs.
Combine all ingredients.
Pour into a baking dish prepped with non-stick spray.
Bake until firm (about 50 minutes).


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