Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Stuffing and Sweet Potatoes

"Are you going to make stuffing?" two of our children asked.
"I wasn't planning on it" was my reply.
"But we like your stuffing."
To which I almost said, "Are you calling me fat?"

So, in honor of two of our children, I am making stuffing. This is my mom's recipe. The sight, smell and taste brings back a flood of memories each time I make it.

Savory Turkey Stuffing
1 c minced onion
1 c finely chopped celery
1 c shredded carrots
1 c butter (or shortening)
12 c dry bread cubes (I used a mixture of white and wheat)
1 T poultry seasoning
1 t sage (optional)
½ t pepper
½ T salt (don’t go more than this…you could use less also)
1 c beef bouillon or broth

Sauté veggies 5 minutes in butter or shortening (do not brown).
To bread cubes, add poultry seasoning, pepper and salt
Add veggie mixture and broth to moisten.
Toss lightly to mix and place in baking dish.
Bake covered at 325º for 1 hour removing the foil for the last 15 minutes.

The next recipe is one my dad made each year at Thanksgiving and Christmas. My hubby calls it dessert since it is so sweet but one can adjust the sugar...but not too much!
Sweet Potatoes (Yams)

4 to 6 sweet potatoes or yams
1/3 to ½ c water
½ to 1 stick butter
2 ½ to 5 c. sugar
 Peel and slice ¼” thick. Rinse and drain. Place yams in pan and add water, butter and sugar. Do not stir. Cover on low heat – 30 to 45 min. Don’t stir!

Since the above recipe was what I grew up eating, I had no idea it was made a different know, the one with marshmallows on it or in it. I much prefer this one.

Have a great Thanksgiving!


  1. Your stuffing sounds great-never thought of putting carrots in it-sounds more healthy that way:)

    OK, a stick of butter and 5 cups of sugar. Did your Dad get thaat recipe from Paula Dean?

    May you and your family have a blessed Thanksgiving!

  2. The carrots in the stuffing balances out the butter and sugar in the sweet potatoes!! Just like a diet soda balances out the burger and fries!!! :)

    Have a great Thanksgiving!! :)