LAYERED SWEET POTATO CASSEROLE

Senior adores sweet potatoes…and cranberry sauce…and marshmallows. Layer them in one baking dish, sprinkle with butter-oat crumble topping and pecans, and you have an easy, unbelievably tasty side dish.

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6 cups mashed sweet potatoes

1-14 oz can whole cranberry sauce

2 cups marshmallow cream (I used Jet-puffed brand)

1/4 cup butter, softened

1/4 cup oats

1/4 cup brown sugar

1/4 cup all-purpose flour

1/2 tsp ground cinnamon

1/4 cup Craisins

1/4 cup pecan halves

1) Preheat oven to 350 degrees; lightly butter 8×8″ baking dish

2) In medium-sized bowl, mix butter, oats, brown sugar, flour, and cinnamon until well combined and crumbly; refrigerate

3) In baking dish, layer casserole as follows: 2 cups sweet potatoes (reserving 4 cups), cranberry sauce, 2 cups sweet potatoes (reserving 2 cups), marshmallow cream, and remaining 2 cups sweet potatoes; bake in oven 20 minutes

4) Crumble butter-oat mixture over casserole and bake additional 15-20 minutes until casserole is bubbly and crumble topping is golden brown; scatter Craisins and pecans over top and cook additional 5 minutes; serve

Servings: 8-10

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CRANBERRY-ORANGE-PECAN RELISH

One really good recipe came out of my Thanksgiving cooking this year and, best of all, it’s easy. In the past, I’ve satisfied Senior’s cranberry relish craving with a nice can of Ocean Spray, but this time I decided to make it extra special. Senior went back for seconds…and thirds…

1 small orange

2-1/2 cups fresh cranberries

3/4 cup granulated white sugar

1/3 cup chopped pecans

Mint leaves (optional)

1) Zest orange into medium-sized saucepan; cut orange in half and squeeze juice into saucepan; mix in cranberries and sugar

2) Heat cranberry mixture over medium heat and, stirring often, cook until cranberries pop (love it!) and sauce thickens, about 12 minutes; stir in pecans, remove from heat, and let cool 15 minutes; transfer to small bowl and refrigerate until chilled; serve with or without a sprig of mint and enjoy!

Servings: It should stretch to 8 as a pretty little side, but it’s so good that 4 servings might be more realistic.