22 Nov

My Ex-Boyfriend’s Mom’s Sweet Potatoes

Thanksgiving is one of my favourite holidays of the year. All the joy of Christmas without the pressure of presents. Since I moved to the UK, I’ve done a big dinner every single year, where each guest is assigned a different dish to bring to the table.

I thought I’d share this recipe for sweet potatoes given to me by my first boyfriend’s mom, so you can make it in honour of Thanksgiving this year. She was from the South (in the US) and actually served me something called “Sugar Pie” once – which, you guessed it, is a white pie made of sugar. Southerners like their food sweet, so be warned that this recipe is something you can make only once every 5 years or so. It takes your taste buds that long to recover. But make no mistake: this dish is delicious.

Sweet Sweet Potatoes


3 cups of cooked sweet potatoes
½ cup granulated sugar
1 stick melted butter (about half a UK pack)
2 beaten eggs
1 tsp Vanilla extract
1/3 cups milk

Topping Ingredients
1 cup brown sugar
½ cup flour
1 cup chopped pecans
5 ½ Tbsp. Melted butter


Preheat oven to 180° C.
Mash sweet potatoes.
Mix with sugar, butter, eggs, vanilla and milk.
Get a 13×9” dish and pour in mixture.
Mix topping together.
Sprinkle over sweet potatoes.
Cook for 25 minutes.


P.S. This picture is from my Big Fat American Party a few years ago. I’m Scarlett O’Hara.

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