I sent out a blog post two days ago including “a few of our favorite things,” of our family recipes! You can follow a link to the first half of this post here.
I remember trying Sweet Potato Soufflé for the first time in the 1980’s. It has always been my favorite way to eat Sweet Potatoes!
Sweet Potato Soufflé
- 3 Cups of mashed sweet potatoes
- 3/4 Cup of sugar
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 2 eggs
- 1/3 stick of margarine
- 1/4 Cup of sweetened condensed milk
- 1 tsp of vanilla
Mix all of these ingredients together and place in a greased 9×13 glass dish. For a delicious topping, mix these ingredients and sprinkle on the top:
- 1/2 Cup of brown sugar
- 1/3 Cup of flour
- 1/2 Cup of nuts (I usually use pecans, but walnuts can be substituted)
- 1/3 stick of margarine
Bake at 350 degrees for 35 minutes
East Indian Curry
I was introduced to this meal around the time that my husband and I got married! His family eats it often! The flavors are great and I love the wonderful toppings! I normally make a double or triple recipe and save it to use for leftovers. This is the simple recipe, not doubled or tripled.
- 3 Tbsp of butter
- 1/4 Cup of minced onion
- 1 1/2 tsp of curry powder
- 3 Tbsp of flour
- 3/4 tsp of salt
- 3/4 tsp of sugar
- 1/8 tsp of ground ginger
- 1 cup of chicken broth
- 1 Cup of milk
- 2 Cups of diced, cooked chicken
- 1/2 tsp of lemon juice
- make 3-4 cups of cooked rice to go with it ( place on the bottom of other ingredients)
Melt the butter over low heat in a saucepan. Saute the onion and Curry Powder in the melted butter. Blend in the flower and the seasonings. cook over low heat until mixture is smooth and bubbly. Remove from the heat. Stir in chicken broth and milk. Bring to a boil, stirring it constantly. Boil for 1 minute. Add cooked chicken and lemon juice. Keep heated. Spoon this mixture over the rice, then add desired toppings! Some examples of toppings that I’ve enjoyed are (none of them are required):
- Tomato wedges
- Chopped, Slivered Almonds
- Chopped, salted peanuts
- Sauteed onion rings
- Pineapple chunks
- Apple chunks
- Hard boiled eggs, chopped
- Crisp bacon bits
- sweet or sour pickles
- Currant jelly
- Flaked coconut
- India relish
- Sliced avocado
- Banana chunks
Tater Tot Casserole
I made this for years especially when our kids were young. I really miss those days!
- 2 pounds of ground beef or turkey
- 1 small onion
- 1/4 cup of green peppers
- 1 can of cream of mushroom soup
- 1 can(use soup can) of milk
- Garlic to taste
- Salt and pepper to taste
- 1 large package of frozen french cut style green beans
- 1 package of frozen tater tots
Saute the meat, onion, green pepper and seasonings. In a separate pan, cook green beans. In another dish, mix the soup and the milk. Layer the casserole dish with the meat mixture 1st, green beans 2nd, tater tots 3rd, then pour the soup and milk mixture over the top. Bake it in a 350 degree oven for 45 minutes.
Mom’s Pecan Pie
This was one of my Nana’s special recipe’s! I miss her very miss!
- 3 Eggs well beaten
- 1 Cup of brown or white sugar
- 1 cup of Karo Corn Syrup
- 1-2 tsp of Vanilla
- a dash of salt
- 3/4 Cup of Pecans
Mix together all of these ingredients and pour into a 9 inch unbaked pie crust. Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour approximately.
Cherry Dump Cake
I have this recipe in a few family cookbooks and am frequently asked to make or bring to meals or parties
- 2-3 Cans of Cherry Pie filling
- 1 Large can of Crushed Pineapple
- 1 Yellow Cake Mix (dry)
- 1/2 Cup of melted margarine
- 1 Cup of Chopped Pecans
In a 9×13 glass dish, mix the pineapple and the cherry pie filling. Dump/sprinkle the dry yellow cake mix on top of this. Pour the melted margarine over the cake mix and then add the pecans over the top and bake it at 350 degrees for 1 hour. I usually serve it with vanilla ice-cream or whipped topping! Often I add more melted butter and pecans than the recipe calls for.
Chocolate Peanut Clusters
This is another of my family’s favorites and is a very simple recipe to make, but it is loved and enjoyed so much! It’s usually easy to go through several batches because they are eaten up fast!
Prepare by placing some wax paper on some cookie sheets or other flat surfaces.
- 1 Package of chocolate almond bark, melted
- 2 cups of Salted Peanuts
- 1-2 Cups of Miniature Marshmallows, depending on your preference
Mix these ingredients and drop them by Tablespoons on to wax paper. Let them form and harden. Next, enjoy them! It usually takes 30 minutes to an hour!
Now try some of your own family favorite recipes for the Holiday’s!