Sweet Potato Soufle Recipe by Dexter Weaver
A number of years ago, I attended the Navy Supply Corps School in Athens, GA. I had heard about a soul food restaurant that I decided to check out. The name of the restaurant was lovingly called Weaver D's. Three car loads of my shipmates ascended on the restaurant. To our dismay, they were closing for the day. Weaver came out of the kitchen and said since we were from the Navy, he would see what he could find to cook. As we patiently waited, we heard pots and pans starting to rattle in the kitchen. You see, Weaver D's was a small simple restaurant and you could see the kitchen from your table. In a short while, Weaver began to come out of the kitchen with platter after platter of piping hot delicious food. We ate and ate and ate until we had our fill. We went back and told everyone else in our class. For the next two weeks, Weaver D's was filled with Navy uniforms at lunch time.
Now here is the story behind the story. I didn't know who Weaver D was. I found that he had a very kind spirit and his attitude was infectious. Since I love to cook (and eat), I had to have his book titled (Automatic Y'all: Weaver D's Guide to the Soul). You see Weaver doesn't say can I help you....he just says "Automatic". "Automatic - keeping on with the
in good times and bad and knowing that life, like food is always better with a few generous shots of hot sauce - is really Weaver D's down to earth recipe for business success and personal happiness." I had also never heard the album Automatic for the People by R.E.M. As I read the forward from the book, I found out that R.E.M. was from Athens and they had eaten many of Weavers meals and decided to name the album in his honor. The book is filled with philosophy, recipes and good feelings. Pick up the book here today.
Here is the recipe I promised. This dish is always a hit when I make it. I have adjusted it by putting in brown sugar instead of white and I added cinnamon and less nutmeg (not my favorite spice). I also add a handful of Craisins. Bon Appétit
Sweet Potato Souffle (serves 6 to 8)
6 small sweet potatoes (about 3 pounds), peeled and cut into small chunks
3/4 cup sugar
3 large eggs, lightly beaten
½ cup unsalted butter or margarine, melted
3 tablespoons of whole milk
2 teaspoons freshly grated nutmeg
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
¾ teaspoons lemon extract
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F
Cook sweet potatoes in boiling water to cover 15 to 20 minutes or until tender
Drain and mash
Combine with remaining ingredients and stir until smooth (I use mixer)
Spoon mixture into lightly greased 11x7x3 baking dish
Bake in over for 1 hour or until firm.
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