Thanksgiving in the past has always been a huge family affair around here. We use to have at least 20-30 people at our Thanksgiving dinners. We’d plan Thanksgiving dinner ideas weeks in advance, we would double check how many people would be attending and search for places large enough to accommodate us all. We’d run around like crazy the day of Thanksgiving, making side items, putting the finishing touches on desserts and setting up the tables.
Last year we decided to do something a little different. We decided to only do Thanksgiving dinner with our small, immediate family instead of all of the extended family. We went from 20-30 people for dinner to 6. The stress level that was sky high vanished. When we started working on ideas for Thanksgiving dinner last year, we all got together and listed off our favorite items that just had to be there for Thanksgiving.
The six of us bounced ideas off each other and it only took us about 15 minutes to get our Thanksgiving food ideas together. A lot faster than the weeks it normally took us to plan a menu.
Mini Sweet Potato Pies
|What you need:|
|1 (1 lb) large can of Yams, drained|
|1/4 cup butter, melted|
|1/4 cup sugar|
|1 teaspoons nutmeg|
|2 teaspoons cinnamon|
|1/2 cup milk|
|2 teaspoons vanilla|
|What you need:|
|1 can apple pie filling
|1 bag of Milky Way unwrapped bites|
|4 Crunchy granola bars|
|1 tub of Cool Whip, thawed|
What to do:
Step 1: Pre-heat oven to 350F.
Step 2: In a large bowl, mash the drained yams (sweet potatoes).
Step 3: Mix in the melted butter and sugar.
Step 4: Stir in the nutmeg and cinnamon.
Step 5: Add in the milk and stir to combine.
Step 6: Add in the eggs and the vanilla. Mix well. Set aside.
Next, Make the Crusts.
Step 1: Put the graham crackers into a gallon sized plastic bag.
Step 2: Use a spoon or rolling pin to crush the graham crackers into crumbs.
Step 3: Mix with the stick of melted butter.
Step 4: Press graham cracker crumbs into the cavities of a muffin pan to create the crusts. Push the graham cracker crumbs up the sides as well.
Step 5: Bake at 350F for 7 minutes. Remove from oven. Pour sweet potato pie filling into the muffin pan. You’ll use about 1.5 tablespoons per crust.
Step 6: Bake for 30 minutes.
Step 7: Remove and let cool for 30 minutes to 1 hour. Top with whipped cream.
Makes 12 Mini Sweet Potato Pies. (There may be some left over pie filling that can be used to make more mini pies or frozen for later use.)