Pennsylvania Dutch Egg Nog (and my Way-Too-Easy XMas Recipe!)
(Sorry, I only measure when baking. Not cooking. You have to eyeball it.)
Aside from baking (or microwaving, if your oven is occupied) the sweet potatoes and...more
Ok, here it is: the "off-the-top of my head, easy as getting a light in Hell" recipe for when you are in a holiday-cooking time crunch: (Sorry, I only measure when baking. Not cooking. You have to eyeball it.) Aside from baking (or microwaving, if your oven is occupied) the sweet potatoes and reheating the finished dish for a few minutes, this takes all of about five minutes and can be made a day ahead. Mash up cooked sweet potatoes. Add melted butter, a bit of nutmeg, cinnamon, brown sugar (not too sweet- these aren't the main flavors of this version) Pour in a cup or two of eggnog. You're aiming for the sweet potatoes to absorb most of the liquid. That's why we're not calling this soup ; ) Blend it just enough to get out the chunks unless you're going the souffle route. Put it into a serving dish. Crumble oatmeal cookies on top. Ta da. Of course, when I have the time I've prettied this baby up a bit and served it in everything from individual holiday teacups to souffle ramekins. But that's just for when you're going all Martha on it. Sounds simple stupid. And it is. Yet every single time I serve it I have people ask me for the recipe. Probably just because it's a bit different than the usual sweet potatoes and marshmallow combo. But seriously, I've had mini-freakouts from guests. "You put EGGNOG in with SWEET POTATOES?? That's GENIUS!" I always feel like I re-invented the Reese's Peanut Butter Cup or something. Sigh.