As the actress celebrates her grandmother's recipe, she is also giving people a way to help her feed hungry children.
Christmas for Jennifer Garner brings back memories of her as a child, jumping into a car with her family and taking a road trip to see her loved ones.
Recalling those fond memories with Southern Living, Garner said, "For me, when I was a kid, Christmas meant getting into the car, our old station wagon. My little sister and I sat in the way, way back. My oldest sister had the whole middle to herself because she's the queen, and then my parents. And driving to Texas, and then to Oklahoma, to see our relatives."
Of course, the feasts were a big part of the holiday season as the actress added, "I was 100% raised out of Southern Living cookbooks. So much so that my mom would say 'Jennifer, reach for 1982 there is a chicken enchilada I like in there.' Then my mom would say 'I want the corn muffins from 1985, not the ones from...' She was so specific! It's the same with Barefoot Contessa lined up for me in a library and I know [which cookbook] I want the meatballs...or my favorite vanilla ice cream. That's how my mom was about her Southern Living cookbooks. And we were completely raised on that food."
Now that the season to be jolly is upon us, Garner was joined by her mother as she shared her grandmother, Exie Mae Garner's beloved holiday recipe. Together, the mother and daughter made sweet potato pudding, which is perfect for Thanksgiving but also a dish her family makes throughout the holiday season.
"This blend couldn’t have more meaning for my family and me if it tried. ♥️ Special guest stars: my family!" Garner wrote on Instagram as she shared the video of herself and her mother cooking together over a video call.
Fresh out of the oven, Exie Mae Garner's sweet potato pudding looked delicious, and if you want to try it, too, below is the award-winning actress's version of the recipe.
Grandma Exie’s Sweet Potato Pudding (JG version)
4-5 sweet potatoes
1/2 stick butter
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp ginger
1/2 tsp allspice
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1/4 tsp cloves
1 tsp vanilla
2 tsp salt
(Mom adds 3 cups milk and 2 eggs, Jen doesn’t 🤷🏻♀️)
1. Peel sweet potatoes, cover with water. Boil, then simmer until tender. Drain.
2. Preheat oven to 350º
3. Mix sweet potatoes with spices, (I use the recipe to start and then add more 😬).
4. Pour into a buttered baking dish.
5. If you added Mom’s eggs and milk, you’ll bake for an hour. If not, just heat through. 🙋🏻♀️
6. Add marshmallows and watch closely until browned. Yum.
7. OR, open a pouch of @onceuponafarm’s organic, no sugar added sweet potatoes/date/spices/coconut milk/vanilla - equally as YUM.
To take her grandma's sweet potato pudding from delicious to lick-the-plate-clean good, the actress paired it up with her new product, released by the kids' nutrition company—Once Upon a Farm—that Garner co-founded.
Joining hands with Save the Children, Garner came out with the product, Farmer Jen’s Sweet Potato Pie, not only to celebrate her grandmother's recipe but also to help feed hungry children.
"My grandma Exie always made sweet potato pudding and the flavors just taste like Thanksgiving," she told Good Morning America. "I recreated the flavors with Cassandra Curtis, one of our co-founders, but we left out the sugar because we're a no-sugar company."
As part of her company's efforts to feed hungry children, they will be donating 25 cents to the Save the Children organization for every pouch of Farmer Jen’s Sweet Potato Pie that is sold.