Traditional Sweet Potato Casserole

Traditional sweet potato casserole recipe with a wonderful crunchy pecan topping will become a family favorite. A classic holiday side that will have them asking for the recipe.
Prep Time35 mins
Cook Time2 hrs
Total Time2 hrs 35 mins
Course: Casserole
Cuisine: American
Servings: 8 serving
Calories: 470kcal
Author: Dan Mikesell AKA DrDan


  • 3 cups sweet potatoes bake
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 stick butter melted
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 cup milk


  • 1/2 cup pecans chopped
  • 1 1/2 cups brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1/3 stick butter melted


  • Scrub and bake sweet potatoes. You will need 3 cups so 3-4 potatoes. Bake at 375 for 1 to 1 1/2 hours until very soft.
  • Allow to cool and then peel. You may refrigerate at this point until needed.
  • In a large mixing bowl beat 3 cups sweet potatoes until smooth.
  • In a separate bowl beat together two eggs, 1/4 cup sugar, 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1/2 stick melted butter, 1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla, 1/2 cup milk. Beat well.
  • Add to sweet potatoes and mix well.
  • Place into a well oiled (Pam or butter) oven safe bowl.
  • Chop pecans. Mix topping in a medium bowl. 1 1/2 cup of brown sugar, 1/2 cup flour, 1/3 stick melted butter and 1/2 cup chopped pecans.
  • Add topping to sweet potatoes. You may cover and refrigerate at this point for 3 days maximum per the FDA. Bake at 350 for 30-35 minutes.
  • Bake at 350 for 30-35 minutes until golden brown and 165 minimum internal temperature.


Pro Tips:

  1. Precook the sweet potatoes the day ahead.
  2. You may substitute mini marshmallows for the topping if you want. 1 1/2 to 2 cups should do it. Cook to nicely brown with at least 165 internal temperature which should be about the same amount of time.
  3. The FDA says three days refrigerated is fine. I would prefer to cook and mash the potatoes and mix the topping ahead. Then assemble just before cooking.
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Calories: 470kcal | Carbohydrates: 66g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 22g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 96mg | Sodium: 2613mg | Potassium: 516mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 51g | Vitamin A: 13150IU | Vitamin C: 3.3mg | Calcium: 90mg | Iron: 1.6mg