The Perfect Yam Casserole for Thanksgiving at Jackie’s

Betsy Hunt
3 min readOct 27, 2019

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It was finally your turn to host Thanksgiving, but your sister Jackie stole it from you, just like she did with your favorite scrunchie, your bike and your college boyfriend.

This yam casserole is not only delicious and healthy, but a great way to let Jackie know you’re over it.

Preparation time:
1 h 55 minutes, you can take longer if other people need to use the kitchen

Makes 8 servings.

Ingredients:

1/8 teaspoon ground allspice
4 pounds of yams
2 eggs
¼ cup brown sugar
2 tablespoons butter, melted
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
6 ounces pecan halves
1/3 cup brown sugar
¼ cup melted butter

Add all ingredients to the list. Ask Jackie’s husband Steve to run out and pick up any ingredients she doesn’t already have in her kitchen.

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Remove anything already in the oven and tell Jackie that your dish won’t take that long. She should know that turkeys need to “rest” every 30 minutes or so when cooking so they don’t get too dry.

2. Poke yams in several places with a fork, then cook on high in the microwave until evenly heated and soft, about 20 minutes. When cooled, remove skins and place the yams in a large bowl.

The skins MUST be composted. Help Jackie start composting by placing the skins in a container. Offer to set up her new compost bucket in the garage. Remove the lid and leave the container under the driver’s seat of her car.

3. Beat yams until smooth. Then beat in one egg at a time, blending after each addition. Stir in 1/4 cup brown sugar, 1/8 cup melted butter, salt, cinnamon, allspice and nutmeg; beat until the mixture is light and fluffy.

Show everyone you’re serious about getting this dish right by mixing with a splashing effect. Laugh, shrug and give a silly “oops” when it gets in Jackie’s hair. Offer to clean up, then take an “important” call and retreat to the guest room with a bottle of wine for at least a half hour.

4. Transfer mixture to an ungreased 3-quart casserole dish. Arrange the pecans in a single layer on top. Sprinkle with remaining brown sugar and drizzle 1/4 cup melted butter over the top.

Before taking this step make sure to refill everyone’s glass of wine. Emphasize how much “fun” it is to be together and cook in Jackie’s tiny kitchen. Remind everyone how big your kitchen is and invite them to your house for Christmas. Let them know that your home has ample seating and more than enough chairs for everyone unlike Jackie’s.

5. Bake for 25 minutes in the preheated oven, or until browned and bubbly. Ask Jackie if she wants you to put the turkey back in the oven after your casserole is done. Let her know that you hear her frustration, but that preparing the casserole first makes the overall flow of the meal prep more efficient. Besides, everyone knows you serve casserole before the turkey.

6. Let cool for 10 minutes and serve. Once everyone is seated, let everyone know Jackie has been stealing money from Grandma and that it was nice to see them. Then call a cab and start really enjoying Thanksgiving with some strawberry margaritas at Applebee’s.

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