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Southern Recipe for Kentucky Bourbon Sweet Potato Casserole

Updated on November 21, 2014

Southern Recipes

There’s nothing like a good ol’ Southern holiday feast. I grew up in Georgia and my mom was as Southern as sweet tea, growing up in Vicksburg, Mississippi. I have memories of collard greens, green bean casserole, pecan pies, pumpkin pies (with maple syrup) at every Thanksgiving and Christmas. And of course, drinking and football. It would be a sin to have a holiday without all that!

My favorite recipe by far – it wasn’t a holiday meal without it – was my mom’s Kentucky Bourbon Sweet Potato Casserole. For me, it was illegal to not have this during the holidays. My mom would carefully show me how to make it every time and as I grew older, I made it for her (and ok, poured a little more bourbon than was needed in there).

I share this recipe now to commemorate her for the upcoming holidays. She died suddenly on May 28 of this year. She was my best friend, biggest supporter and of course, my mother. She was also an amazing grandmother. I miss and love you mom!

The Ingredients of the Kentucky Bourbon Sweet Potato Casserole

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Cook Time for This Heavenly Stuff!

Prep time: 1 hour
Cook time: 30 hours
Ready in: 31 hours
Yields: Serves eight people

Ingredients for Kentucky Bourbon Sweet Potato Casserole

  • 3 1/2 lbs. sweet Potatoes
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/3 cup bourbon, Yeah, you can throw a little more in there if you're feeling frisky.
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 2 cups miniature marshmallows

Time to Do the Sweet Potato Mash

  1. Boil/cook and mash the sweet potatoes. Don't worry if it's lumpy; we're about to fix that!
  2. Add sugar, butter, bourbon and vanilla. Beat until well blended.
  3. Turn into 2-quart shallow baking dish and sprinkle marshmallows evenly on top.
  4. Bake uncovered at 350 degrees for 30 minutes or until marshmallows are golden brown.

Mash that Goodness!

Fun Facts

  • Sweet potatoes were cultivated in Virginia around 1648 and were said to have been taken into New England in 1764. They were grown by the Native Americans of the South.
  • Christopher Columbus and his shipmates brought the sweet potato to the New World from the West Indies.
  • Yams are different from sweet potatoes. They have a higher sugar and moisture content. Ninety-five person of the world's yams are grown in Africa.
  • Sweet potatoes are chock full of vitamins! They are full of Vitamin C, manganese, fiber and vitamins B1, B2 and B6.


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Nutrition Information for Kentucky Bourbon Sweet Potato Casserole

Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 1/2 cup
Calories 210
Calories from Fat81
% Daily Value *
Fat 9 g14%
Saturated fat 6 g30%
Carbohydrates 30 g10%
Sugar 15 g
Fiber 1 g4%
Protein 15 g30%
Cholesterol 25 mg8%
Sodium 360 mg15%
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.


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      Timothy Arends 

      4 years ago from Chicago Region

      Very nice tribute to your mom. Those lightly browned marshmallows add a unique touch!


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