Years ago, when I was a young speech pathologist in a school system, the Special Education Department would have a traditional Thanksgiving dinner just before we had our Thanksgiving break. Each one of us brought something to add to the dinner. I was never a fan of sweet potatoes... I would eat a bite each year... a BITE each year when I was growing up because I really didn't like them. Until Martha Levasey brought her Sweet Potato Casserole.
I fell in love with sweet potatoes! No marshmallow stuff on these... this had a topping that crunches slightly when you put the serving spoon in, and the delectable steam rises. I think it is better than pumpkin pie!
For the past 30 some odd years, I have been making them her way for Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners. When the children were home, they helped me make this... I would get whole walnuts and their job was to crack open the walnuts and get the meat out, then chop them up. This has become a tradition that I hope is passed on to their own Thanksgiving tables.
In honor of Martha, here is her recipe
1 large can of sweet potatoes, drained and mashed
1/2 cup sugar
1 tablespoon vanilla
1/4 - 1/2 cup margarine
1/2 cup milk
Mix this together well, and put into a 9x 13 baking dish.
1 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup margarine
1/3 cup flour
1 cup chopped nuts
Top the sweet potatoes and bake for 45 minutes at 350*