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Mamas Sweet Potato Casserole

Updated on October 1, 2012

I love sweet potato casseroles. And lucky for me, there are tons of recipes out there. This one, though, is a little different, and very yummy!

I have a couple of recipe hubs already, but those were recipes that belonged to my Grandmama Nell. This one came from my mother who was a wonderful cook. She was a Home Economics major in college, and knew all the right things to do with recipes. But like my Grandmother, she didn't measure exactly, and on some of her recipes I have had to guesstimate quantities of ingredients.

We lived on a farm, and our vegetables were a main stay at every meal. Many times we didn't even need a meat on the plate. She was very creative with the ingredients we had, and many times the same old vegetable tasted like something totally new.

That's the case with this sweet potato casserole. We had it every Thanksgiving instead of the usual sweet potato souffle. This is not your average marshmallow or pecans on top type of casserole. This is pretty special. Definitely a dish for a fancy meal.

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  • 2 lb. sweet potatoes, shredded
  • 1 c. white Karo syrup
  • 1/2 c. sugar
  • 1 orange, all juice and half of rind grated
  • 1/2 stick oleo
  • 1/2 c. water
  • 1/2 t. ginger

For those of you who may not know, oleo is just margarine or butter. Mama would shred the sweet potatoes on a hand grater, but I'm sure a food processor set with the shredder attachment would work just fine. Definitely don't just put the potatoes in the processor. You don't want them to be chopped to pieces.

Everything is just mixed together in a big bowl, and put in a greased, long casserole dish.

If you want to substitute the orange for 1/2 can of frozen orange juice concentrate, that is fine. Just the concentrate, though. Don't make it into orange juice.

Her recipe does not include temperature or cooking time, but I would just go for 350 degrees, and 45 minutes to an hour. These are raw sweet potatoes, so you want to make sure they get done. Just do like me, and take a tiny bite every so often.


Sweet potatoes are packed with antioxidants and vitamins. They are not frowned upon the way white potatoes are today (although I love both!), and an average sweet potato only has about 100 calories, which is really low.

So try this, and let me know what you think. Enjoy!


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    • lhale profile image

      lhale 4 years ago from Georgia

      It's yummy and different! We always had it on Thanksgiving!

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      Writer Fox 4 years ago from the wadi near the little river

      Looks like a yummy recipe to try, especially for Thanksgiving!

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      lhale 4 years ago from Georgia

      I've been reading some of your comments about recipe hubs, and even thought of asking you to look at the three I have. Sadly, I don't think they will pass the test. Although . . . .I do try to add some personal stuff. Most of my discouragement with Hubpages comes from not making any money. I enjoy the community to some degree, but started because I hoped for a little extra income - but that didn't happen. I wrote two things on Bubblews, but thought it was kind of lame overall. Thanks for responding; I certainly plan to keep reading your stuff!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Well it looks like you were quite busy here for awhile and then lost your love for HP...many are experiencing the same thing right now and switching to Bubblews. Me, I'm just writing because I love writing...and I also love sweet potatoes. :) Thanks for the recipe.

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      lhale 5 years ago from Georgia

      Thank you both. Hope you enjoy it!

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      meegs supergirl 5 years ago

      Voted up, i think i will try this recipe from way over in Australia :)

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      moonlake 5 years ago from America

      Sounds very good. I love sweet potatoes. Voted uP!