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Sweet Potato Casserole with Pecans

Just like Granny makes it! This Sweet Potato Casserole with Pecans is the perfect combination of sweet and savory, creamy and crunchy. It's always a favorite at holiday dinners and there are never any leftovers!
Prep Time 1 hr
Cook Time 30 mins
Cooling Time 30 mins
Total Time 2 hrs
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 12


  • Casserole dish
  • Hand mixer


Sweet Potato Base

  • 3 cups cooked mashed sweet potatoes Use 3 large sweet potatoes or four smaller ones
  • ½ cup sugar
  • ¼ cup milk
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • ¼ cup butter

Pecan Topping

  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • ½ cup flour
  • ½ butter


To Prep the Sweet Potatoes

  • Wash and dry sweet potatoes, then poke a few holes in each one with a fork. Place sweet potatoes on a foil-lined cookie sheet. Bake 50 to 60 minutes at 425°F.
    sweet potatoes on baking sheet
  • Check for doneness by inserting knife into thickest part of each potato -- it should go in easily.
    baked sweet potatoes on foil sheet
  • Remove from oven and let the potatoes cool. When they are cool, peel and place in a mixing bowl. Mash well.

To Make the Sweet Potato Base

  • Add 2 eggs, 1/2 cups sugar, 1/4 cup of milk, 1 tsp vanilla, and 1/4 cup of butter to the mashed sweet potatoes.
    making sweet potato casserole in mixing bowl
  • Use a hand mixer to thoroughly combine the sweet potatoes with the rest of the ingredients.
    mashed sweet potatoes in mixing bowl
  • Rub a little butter around an oven safe baking dish.
  • Add sweet potato mixture and smooth out the top with a spatula.
    mashed sweet potatoes in casserole dish

To Make the Pecan Topping

  • Preheat the oven to 350°F.
  • Melt 1/2 cup of butter.
  • Chop pecans by hand or in food processor so that finished amount is equal to one cup.
  • Stir together melted butter, pecans, 1/2 cup flour, 1 cup of brown sugar until well blended.
    making pecan topping for sweet potato casserole
  • Spread topping carefully over the sweet potatoes in the casserole dish.
    sweet potato casserole ready to bake
  • Bake at 350 degrees until bubbly and brown -- about 1/2 hour.
    sweet potato casserole with pecan topping in red baking dish
Keyword casserole, fall, holiday, pecans, sweet potatoes, Thanksgiving
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