This is a #3

There are four kinds of dishes:

  1. Those that look bad and taste how they look.
  2. Ones that look great, but don’t taste very good.
  3. Those that don’t look very good in the photos but taste great.
  4. Look and taste awesome!

This is a #3.

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The pictures don’t do the flavor justice. Sweet and hearty together.

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There is not much to this.

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Peel the potatoes after cooking.

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Mash, mash, mash.

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If you don’t have one, get a good candy/oil thermometer. After going through three others, I found this one online. It has a sliding clip that ensures it does not fall over or slide in completely.

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Not much to look at, but the taste!

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A perfect side dish, or even dessert, for the fall!

Sweet Potato Praline Casserole

Makes: 6 – 8


  • 5 large sweet potatoes or yams
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup (1/4 pound) softened butter
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 cup light brown sugar
  • 2 eggs beaten
  • 1/3 cup melted butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup chopped pecans


Preheat oven to 350 degree F. Scrub the sweet potatoes or yams well and place them in the oven. Bake until tender, about 40 minutes, and remove. When they are cool enough to handle, halve them and scoop out the insides into a large mixing bowl. Mash well. You should have about 3 cups.
Mix the softened butter into the mashed yams or sweet potatoes along with the sugar, eggs, vanilla, and milk. Pour the mixture into a baking pan or casserole dish.
Bring the cream to a simmer in a small saucepan. Add the brown sugar and stir until it dissolves. Cook the mixture over medium heat until it reaches the soft-ball stage on a candy thermometer. Remove from heat and beat in the butter and the chopped pecans. Pour this mixture over the yams. Bake until very hot and beginning to brown.


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Categories: Baking 2, Dessert, kosher, Recipes, Sidedish2, Thanksgiving, vegetable3, Vegetarian

Author:The Ranting Chef

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7 Comments on “This is a #3”

  1. October 1, 2013 at 11:30 am #

    I so agree with you. Sometime the ugliest dishes are the ones that taste like heaven 🙂

    This recipe is a winner.


  2. October 1, 2013 at 12:57 pm #

    Agree with Brenda – can’t beat a good #3 🙂


  3. October 1, 2013 at 6:38 pm #

    You are so very right about #3. In fact, there’s a few recipes that I’ve prepared for my blog but didn’t post ’cause the photos looked so terrible – although the food was really delicious! I certainly don’t think your photo looks “terrible” but I’m sure a camera just can’t capture how good this recipe HAS to be !! Pinning it – as I usually do with your posts !!


  4. October 1, 2013 at 8:40 pm #

    I know it tastes great.
    I make very similar dish–Sweet Potato Souffle.


  5. October 2, 2013 at 2:28 pm #

    My family it is often said – the worse it looks the better it tastes.


  6. October 2, 2013 at 11:43 pm #

    I think if you added a little contrast to the plate, say some green vegetables, even though that’s not what the recipe is about, would help out the shot. I’m sure this recipe is delicious, but like you said, the photo isn’t doing it any justice. When I’m trying to shoot a dish that’s not the prettiest I try to focus on something. It might be trying to draw out the texture, color, getting up close and personal for a cool macro photo, or maybe trying it from a different angle. Little things can end up making a big difference!



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