Sweet potato casserole is a classic Southern side dish made with creamy mashed sweet potatoes baked and topped with a brown sugar pecan butter topping! It’s the perfect Thanksgiving side dish.
Sweet Potato Casserole
This is such a staple in the Southern holiday table. There are different versions of a sweet potato casserole and this one is classic and classy.
As a kid my mom hated marshmallows on top of a savory dish, so we never attempted the sweet potato casserole recipe with marshmallows. Although, I think I will learn to make one and try it out — looks delish.
That’s where this version came about. No marshmallows, but you get a buttery, nutty topping on the mashed sweet potatoes. There’s a slight crunch.
- sweet potatoes
For the topping:
- brown sugar
This is one simple side dish recipe. If you are on the hook for a Thanksgiving or Christmas side dish, sign up to bring sweet potato casserole with pecans! You’ll get the easiest recipe of the holiday.
Start by baking the sweet potatoes in the oven or microwave. Then, let cool a few minutes and remove the peel.
Mash the sweet potatoes and add sugar, eggs, vanilla, milk, and butter and mix until smooth and creamy.
Put in a sprayed 2-quart baking dish and make the topping.
For the topping: Mix together the brown sugar, and butter with a fork or pastry cutter. The mixture will be crumbly. Add in chopped pecans and sprinkle on top of the mashed sweet potatoes.
Bake at 350 degrees for about 40 minutes.
Can You Make Sweet Potato Casserole Ahead?
Yes, you can make this casserole side dish ahead of time. You can make the mashed sweet potato mixture and the topping the day before you plan on serving the dish.
We recommend keeping the topping separated from the sweet potato mixture until just before baking. Refrigerate both, covered, in separate containers and take them out to come to room temperature before baking.
Add the topping and bake according to the instructions.
Are Yams and Sweet Potatoes the Same Thing?
No, yams are not the same as sweet potatoes. Yams have a tougher exterior skin and are more in line with a yucca root vegetable.
While you can make a casserole with yams, it won’t be the same as using sweet potatoes.
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- 3 cups mashed sweet potatoes approx. 2-3 medium sweet potatoes
- 1 cup sugar
- 2 eggs beaten
- 1 tsp. vanilla
- ½ cup milk
- ½ cup butter softened
- 1 cup brown sugar
- ½ cup flour
- ⅓ cup butter softened
- 1 cup pecans chopped
- Bake sweet potatoes in oven or microwaves nd cook until tender. Peel and mash.
- In medium-sized mixing bowl add mashed sweet potatoes, sugar, eggs, vanilla, milk and butter together.
- Place in 2-quart baking dish that has been sprayed.
- Mix brown sugar and butter together. It will be crumbly. Add in chopped pecans. Sprinkle on top of potato mixture
- Bake at 350 for 40-45 minutes