It's Almost Thanksgiving!

In the spirit of the season, here's a classic Thanksgiving dish recipe from my kitchen back at home. I could live without the turkey and mashed potatoes at the table, but not without this! Credit to my mom, who dreamed this one up.

Sweet Potato Casserole Puff 

4 medium sweet potatoes
½ cup milk/soymilk
1/3 cup brown sugar
2 Tbs. butter
½ tsp nutmeg
½ tsp cinnamon
1 Tbs. ginger (fresh grated best, worth it)
Pinch of salt

Cook sweet potatoes, diced and peeled. Quick to steam (15 or less minutes). Once done, remove from heat and mash while hot, adding milk, brown sugar, salt, butter and spices. Place in a greased casserole dish. Bake at 400 degrees for 15-20 minutes with the lid on, should be starting to brown just a bit around the edges.

¾ cup granola (crunchy best, maple or nutty kind) - Bear Naked's my fav
½ cup pecans
1/3 cup brown sugar
2 Tbs. butter, melted

Combine all ingredients but butter. Drizzle butter over top and mix together. Layer topping over baked sweet potatoes. Bake for another 10 minutes with the lid off so topping gets nice and crunchy. Should be browned and steaming!

What's your favorite Thanksgiving dish? Do you have family tradition sides you always make?