Sweet Potato Casserole …

WOW!  Thanksgiving is THIS week and I can’t believe I haven’t posted a Thanksgiving recipe yet!  It is about time if you ask me…Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays!  I love reflecting on all I have to be grateful for in my life.  I also love this holiday because all my extended family gets together to celebrate.  I come from a great line of cooks and bakers.  Everyone on my mom’s side is extremely gifted in the culinary arts which means AMAZING food around the table!  One of the side dishes my grandma always brings is Sweet Potato Casserole.  This is a recipe that comes from her cookbook {the one she gives each grandchild when they graduate high school}.  I made this for my hubby last week and he said it goes on the list of “hubby favorites.”  He seriously gobbled up half a pan by himself!  This recipe is SO GOOD and your partakers won’t be disappointed!

{NOTE: I used sweet potatoes that were really light in color, which is why my casserole is more yellow, but you can also use darker sweet potatoes to give it more of an orange look.  The darker colored sweet potato is also more sweet than lighter sweet potatoes}

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Sweet Potato Casserole {Thanksgiving Side Dish}
  • 3 cups sweet potatoes
  • ½ cup sugar
  • ½ cup butter, softened
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • ⅓ cup milk
  • ⅓ cup butter, melted
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • ½ cup flour
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  1. Boil and mash sweet potatoes.
  2. Beat in sugar, butter, eggs, vanilla and milk until smooth and creamy.
  3. Put in 9x13 greased pan.
  4. To make topping, combine topping ingredients together in a small bowl. Stir and mix to combine. Crumble topping over sweet potatoes.
  5. Bake at 350 for 30 minutes.


The darker sweet potatoes are often mistaken and called yams here in the United States.

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    • Sue

      I just made this and it does not look like the picture. I followed the recipe exactly but its awfully thin. Smells good. The strusel melted into the sweet potatoes.

  1. Thanks for that video! I've had that discussion MANY times with folks…especially my Nana who refuses to believe that "yams" are really sweet potatoes!!

    • Rose

      Actually Kate, a sweet potato and yams are not the same…sweet potato is are a member of the morning glory family, whereas yams are closely related to lilies and grasses and more than likely you are eating sweet potatoes even though it says yams, unless you got them at an international supermarket.

  2. This looks very similar to mine and Mom's recipe that we all love! I'm making a couple for Thanksgiving this year, and this picture of yours is really making me look forward to eating it! A sweet potato dish is always a must for the holidays!Happy Thanksgiving!Leslie

  3. I made this for Christmas. It was awesome. The only thing I would change is less pecans or none at all. Personal preference, has nothing to do with the recipe. I can't wait to try more or your recipes. Keep cooking/baking. :) Happy New Year.

  4. Jackie J.

    Just wanted to say I was looking for an easy recipe for sweet potato casserole, and i’m thrilled to have come across your recipe. I’m looking forward to making it this year! Thanks!

  5. Mrs. Tuna

    Can one use canned sweet potatoes such as Bruce’s Canned Yams in syrup? I am planning on making this dish for a dinner gathering this weekend and want to make sure I have all my ingredients in check!

  6. Lisa

    What would you suggest to use instead of pecans? I have an allergy to pecans and walnuts, but I can imagine that it would taste amazing with them!

    • CD Greier

      We had a butter “emergency” last Thanksgiving and I used peanutbutter for the topping- so good no one noticed I forgot actual nuts!

    • Kitty Hinkle

      I make one very similar to this (maybe the same) and I use oats instead of pecans. I love pecans, but some family members do not like nuts. Very good with the oats.

  7. Deb Post

    Love your website, I have gotten so many good receipes from you. When does the topping go on in the sweet potato casserole? Thanks!

  8. tammy

    i read ur recipe of sweet potato casserole ok i notice 1/2 cup sugar for ingerdints and 1 cup brown sugar for topping ok i wonder which white or brown sugar for 1/2 sugar for ingerdints???? thanks,tammy

  9. Karen

    These were fantastic! Thanks for sharing the recipe…this will be a keeper from now on. I may even make these when it’s NOT Thanksgiving. :)

  10. Melody

    I was wondering if it is 3 cups sweet potatoes after they’re mashed? I’m thinking that it is but thought that I’d double check. Also, have you made this with canned sweet potatoes before? Thoughts? Love your website! Thanks :)

  11. CD Greier

    This is essentially hat I do too, but less sugar, add salt and onion; I leave the sweet potatoes chunky (1/2 inch pieces). My son could eat the whole thing himself!

  12. CJ

    I’ve been making this recipe for over 50 years for Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter. I use evaporated milk instead of regular milk though. I put it into quite a deep casserole rather than a flat dish. Great recipe!!

  13. Nadja

    That looks very yummy. But – living in Europe – I have to ask: this looks with the sugar and vanilla more like a dessert to me but it’s says: side dish. Do I eat that with veggies or meat?

    All the best from Holland

    • Denise

      I fix this every year for thanksgiving and Christmas dinners. It’s a wonderful side dish to turkey, chicken or ham. Although it has sugar in it and sounds like a dessert, it really is a side dish! (I do admit to eating it for breakfast a few times!…)

  14. Candice

    For the one who asked if the 3 cups is before cooking or after ….I have made this recipe for years and the more sweet potatoes the better I say after.
    For the person with the pecan alergy I add coconut so you could omit the pecans and just use coconut.

  15. Lynda Jeffrerson

    I’ve been looking for a Recipe where you put the topping in a small pot and heat it til it’s all mixed together. Then you pour it over you sweet potatoes. it is so good that way. But it’s called a Sweet Potato Souffle.

  16. Betty

    Hi. This recipe for sweet potato casserole calls for 3 cups of potatoes, Just checking to see how you measured that, and if it should be 3 pounds instead?? Also, do you peel them first? Thanks.

  17. Jennifer Nunn

    We had this today (adding butter to the topping only) & it’s spectacular…will add marshmallows at the end next time!

  18. Linda Bochenek

    Made this for Thanksgiving. Eliminated the sugar and brown sugar. Substituted almond flour/meal for the flour. It was excellent, definitely a keeper!