Last Friday my husband’s work had a Thanksgiving potluck. This had me scrambling to come up with something to make on Thursday which would be suitable for a Thanksgiving-based meal, easy to make, able to withstand his bus commute, and delicious – because I do have quite a reputation to uphold with his coworkers.
This bread fits every criterion. Delicious, easy, Thanksgiving-y, and extremely portable if you are looking for something to bring to your Thanksgiving feast.
Or as I like to call this recipe, “individual sweet potato casserole.” No, this will never replace my mom’s amazing sweet potato casserole at the big family Thanksgiving meal but it is a great (and tasty) way to make an individual sweet potato casserole when it is just two of you and you really don’t want a big dish.
Plus they are super cute and very easy to make!
Every family has one of these recipes. A prized recipe, a secret recipe, a recipe to be handed down from generation to generation if you are lucky. Or a recipe to be hoarded and guarded.
This was my great-grandmother’s recipe. She made her bread stuffing rolled into balls. She wouldn’t give the recipe to my grandmother, her daughter-in-law. When my grandmother did finally get ahold of the recipe she made hers on a sheet pan and cut it into squares, allowing her mother-in-law to believe it was a different recipe.
My great-grandmother is probably rolling in her grave because I am sharing it.
This is not a stuffing that you cook inside the turkey, but one served alongside the turkey, part of all the trimmings. We make it at least twice a year, Thanksgiving and Christmas dinner. I have many memories of ripping slices of sandwich bread with my brother and sister, squirming from excitement and barely concentrating on the task.
This is one of those recipes that just screams family and holidays to me.