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Sweet Potato Casserole

Updated on November 18, 2017
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Jan has been cooking and writing about food for over twenty years and has cooked on multiple television stations, including Food Network.

I'm not even going to go into the drama behind this casserole - let's just say that for once in my life I lost a culinary argument. This is NOT my grandmother's recipe - my granny made a fabulous concoction with brown sugar and topped with mini marshmallows; a recipe she got from HER mother.

I will throw out there that this recipe came from a sibling's ex mother-in-law - but not MY ex. That might be this recipe's only redemption in my eyes (other than the fact that it's absolutely delicious) - that at least no ex of mine was involved in the making of this recipe.

Now - we're Southern folk. We like things sweet - and this one is sweet. I honestly think this casserole is less sweet than my sweet potato pie. So if you want to go less sugary, just cut the sugar in half. It's really yummy either way. But don't skimp the praline topping - there's something about that luscious crunch factor against the silky sweet potatoes that makes this dish just perfect. And don't save it for Thanksgiving - this one is special enough for holidays, but fabulous enough you won't want to wait.

The Recipe!

You'll Need:

  • 4 large sweet potatoes
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 6 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

For the Topping:

  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans
  • A few whole or halved pecans, to decorate the top

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 325F. Butter a 9x13 baking dish.
  2. Roast sweet potatoes in oven, uncovered, for about an hour or until fork tender.
  3. Pull from oven and allow to cool until comfortable to handle. Peel (skins will slip right off) and place in a large bow. Mash with both sugars, eggs, salt, butter, milk and vanilla. Transfer mixture to the prepared baking dish.
  4. In medium bowl, mix the brown sugar and flour. Cut in the butter until the mixture is coarse - like cormeal. Stir in the pecans. Sprinkle the mixture over the sweet potato mixture. Decorate with whole or halved pecans, if using.
  5. Bake in preheated oven 30 minutes, or until the topping is lightly brown and mixture is hot through.

Roast Potatoes in the Oven

Most sweet potato casserole recipes call for boiling the sweet potatoes. I prefer roasting. Not only do you retain nutrients, the natural sugars in the potatoes caramelize, and the flavor is sweeter and more intense.
Most sweet potato casserole recipes call for boiling the sweet potatoes. I prefer roasting. Not only do you retain nutrients, the natural sugars in the potatoes caramelize, and the flavor is sweeter and more intense.

All in One Mixing Bowl

Butter, both types of sugar, a pinch of salt, eggs and the vanilla all go into the bowl you'll mash  the sweet potatoes in.
Butter, both types of sugar, a pinch of salt, eggs and the vanilla all go into the bowl you'll mash the sweet potatoes in.

Use a Ricer or Potato Masher

For super silky result, use a potato ricer. I love mine. But you can use a potato masher for a more rustic texture. I like either!
For super silky result, use a potato ricer. I love mine. But you can use a potato masher for a more rustic texture. I like either!

Transfer to a Buttered Baking Dish

Transfer the sweet potato mixture to a buttered 9x13 casserole dish, and set it aside while you make the topping.
Transfer the sweet potato mixture to a buttered 9x13 casserole dish, and set it aside while you make the topping.

Make the Pecan Praline Topping

Use a fork to mash softened butter into the flour and brown sugar before stirring in the pecans. You're looking for a coarse, crumbly texture.
Use a fork to mash softened butter into the flour and brown sugar before stirring in the pecans. You're looking for a coarse, crumbly texture.

Bake About Half an Hour

Spread the topping on the sweet potatoes, and bake at 350F for about half an hour, until golden brown on top and bubbly throughout.
Spread the topping on the sweet potatoes, and bake at 350F for about half an hour, until golden brown on top and bubbly throughout.

Serve Hot!

Classic Southern Sweet Potato Casserole - perfect for Thanksgiving and Christmas.
Classic Southern Sweet Potato Casserole - perfect for Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Check out the Quick Tutorial!

How to Make Your Own Vanilla Extract

© 2011 Jan Charles

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 

      3 years ago from United States

      This Sweet Potato Casserole recipe sounds delicious! I wanted to let you know that I featured it on the Thanksgiving side dish article on Review This! http://reviewthispersonalreviews.blogspot.com/2014...

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      William Odell 

      6 years ago from Upstate South Carolina

      Looks good dixie...I thought the pic looked familiar, I read the hub and it's the same as my Sweet Potato Crumb Casserole...my wife and I made it today...delicious !!

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      Paula 

      6 years ago from The Midwest, USA

      Dixie, this sounds wonderful! I love a good sweet potato casserole, especially around Thanksgiving. Thanks for sharing what looks like a wonderful recipe with us. Can't wait to try it.

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