“There is a princess inside all of us.”

Holiday and family time often brings about enough sanity that people resort to the potluck format.  Everybody bring something, please, and we’ll all live happily ever after.  Think again.

The goal, often unspoken, when participating in a potluck, is to bring the most sought after dish.  That comes right after eating something of everything, which can be deliciously painful.  But back to bringing the star of the show.  Who wants to go home with over half of their offering uneaten?  I can help.

First, you have to bring something delicious.  I’ve settled in on my sweet potato casserole.  It’s basically mashed sweet potatoes with pinches of nutmeg, smoked paprika and cinnamon mixed in.  OK.  Let’s do the recipe format.


4 to 6 sweet potatoes, roasted and mashed

1/8 t smoked paprika

1/8 t nutmeg

1/4 t cinnamon

2 T cream cheese

bacon, crispy and crumbled, lots


Heat oven to 370 degrees.

Mix the mashed sweet potato with the spices.  Top with dabs of cream cheese.    Cover the dish with foil.  Heat in the oven for about 10 minutes if the sweet potatoes are still hot, and about 20 to 30 minutes if the potatoes are tepid or less.

Remove from the oven.  Finish off with a goodly amount of bacon topping.

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As you can see by the amount left, my dish was the winner!

As you can’t necessarily see, I eschew the 9×12 dish for a 9×9.  Bringing this smaller amount almost guarantees that most of your offering will be eaten.  You’ll be looking good, you Potluck Princess!

Best of all, this dish can reheated in an oven once you arrive at the festivities, or quickly heated in a microwave if the oven is full.  You’re Welcome!

Loveya – The Grandma

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Artist, African hand drum student, yoga neophyte, and Grandmother of 22 or so grandchildren. I enjoy cooking and writing. I value good friends and quiet times for reading.

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