Author Catherine Tillman's grandmother, Sarah Tillman, perfected this dish using a less stringy variety of sweet potatoes called "hernadez". She gets these from her friend in Church Hill, Mississippi, who grows them for Gerber's baby foods.
Sweet Potato Casserole
This recipe calls for a less stringy variety of sweet potatoes called "hernadez".
Preheat oven to 375°. Soak raisins in sherry until soft, about 30 minutes. Drain raisins and transfer to a large bowl.
Meanwhile, place sweet potatoes in a roasting pan and bake until tender, about 40 minutes. Allow potatoes to cool, then peel, puree (it is best to do this in a food mill), and add to raisins. Add brown sugar, butter, orange juice, orange zest, and pumpkin spice and mix well. Fold in pecans and pineapple and transfer to an 8'' square baking dish.
Bake casserole for 20 minutes, then cover with marshmallows and bake until marshmallows are golden, about 5 minutes more. Serve warm.