Monday, August 4, 2008

Represent! Go Forth and Potluck

The potluck, once a way for wifeys in the 1950's to show off their Waldorf salads, has progressively become hip again and here's why:

1. Going out to eat in a massive group is expensive and aggravating (especially for those with a 'split checks for 30 people is normal' mentality).
2. It's far more interesting to see what your strange friend has cooked then what they will order.
3. It's an excuse to drink, dance, and debaucherize in the safety of your friend's home.
4. Potlucks are like a blue-collar American tapas bar with Dixie cups!

So, on that celebratory note, me and mine participated in an exciting potluck themed "Bring a dish from your state or culture." The host is Iranian; she made Persian kebabs and Moroccan rice, fabulous. A girl from Minnesota made snicker's salad; a dish that has no business being in a salad category and consists of snickers, nuts, and cool whip. I of course called to my southern roots and made Sweet Potato Casserole ( beautifully illustrated in the lower left hand square ) which, despite its horrifying amount of butter was a big hit. Try it the next time you potluck!

Sweet Potato Casserole

preheat the oven to 350 degrees
a 9X9 or similar pan

The Base

3 cups of cooked and mashed sweet potatoes
1/4 cup of milk
2 eggs, beaten
1 tsp vanilla
1 stick of softened butter

The Topping

1 cup of nuts, I prefer a mix of walnuts and pecans
1 cup of brown sugar
1 stick of softened butter
2 tbs of flour

Mix the base ingredients together
Lay mixture out in the pan
Mix the brown sugar and flour together in a separate bowl
Mix in with the nuts and butter
Dot the topping along the surface of the casserole
Bake for 30 minutes covered with foil until bubbly

Remove and amaze!

Thank you Britta Johanson for the photos.