Sweet Potato Casserole with Brown Sugar Pecan Topping

Sweet Potato Casserole — sweet potatoes, sugar, eggs, butter, milk, vanilla, and pecans. Loaded with all kinds of goodness and deliciousness!

I absolutely love fall and everything associated with the changing weather. The cooler temperatures, falling leaves, bonfires, smores, sweaters, and cozy blankets all seem to make the season perfect.

Along with the changing temperature comes my desire to bake fall dishes. Sweet Potato Casserole is one of the many items that come to mind when I think about fall weather.

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Why This Recipe Is Fantastic

Sweet Potato Casserole is creamy, delicious, and melts in your mouth. It has a crunchy brown sugar pecan topping that completes this dish. It’s perfect for your holiday table or really just any time you have a taste for some pure southern comfort food. This dish usually ends up on my table at least once a month as a side dish. OH, SO GOOD!

Thinking About Holiday Sides?

This dish is one of my favorite recipes during the holiday season. I like to make it for family dinners, Thanksgiving, or Christmas get-togethers. It is usually one of the first items to disappear from the table. I always have a clean dish when dinner is over. 🙂

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Doubles as a Side Dish or a Dessert

Not only is this side dish popular for the holidays, it’s great throughout the year as a side dish for dinner or even for a dessert. Yep, dessert. I had the leftovers during the week with a scoop of vanilla ice-cream for dessert. It satisfied my sweet tooth with pleasure. Wonderful!

This recipe makes the best Sweet Potato Casserole and has been a family favorite for years.

Cranberry Stuffing is a must to try for this holiday season. It will not disappoint your guest.

Ingredients Needed for Sweet Potato Casserole

This recipe only requires simple ingredients and comes together in no time.

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sweet potatoes
 sugar
 eggs 
 butter
milk
 vanilla extract
 light brown sugar
flour
 melted butter
 chopped pecans

How to Prepare Sweet Potatoes

Wash sweet potatoes and place on a sheet pan. Bake at 400 degrees for about 45 minutes to an hour or until soft. The time will depend on how big your potatoes are. Let cool. Remove skins. Place in a large bowl and mash with a fork until they are creamy and no lumps.

How To Make This Casserole

For complete instructions, see the recipe card below.

  1. Gather ingredients.
  2. Combine sweet potatoes with sugar, eggs, 1/2 cup softened butter, milk, and vanilla. Spoon into a greased 13″ x 9″ baking dish.
  3. Combine brown sugar, flour, 1/3 cup melted butter, and pecans.
  4. Using a tablespoon, drop over the top of the sweet potatoes.
  5. Spread gently over the top.
  6. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.
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For more side dish recipes, check out my Southern Cornbread Salad, Crock Pot Creamed Corn, Candied Sweet Potatoes, and Chicken and Dressing.

Let’s not forget the Southern Sweet Potato Pie for dessert. It will not disappoint your guest.

Recipe FAQ’s

Yes. Eggs act as a binder and enriches the casserole.

Yes. You should cook and mash the potatoes before mixing with the other ingredients.

Sweet potato casserole on a plate with turkey

Sweet Potato Casserole with Brown Sugar Pecan Topping

Gina Abernathy
Sweet Potato Casserole is creamy, delicious, and melts in your mouth. It has a crunchy brown sugar pecan topping that completes this dish.
5 from 23 votes
Cook Time 30 mins
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Southern
Servings 10 people

Ingredients
  

  • 3 cups sweet potatoes cooked and mashed
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 Eggs beaten
  • 1/2 cup butter softened
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla

Topping

  • 1 cup Brown Sugar packed
  • 1/3 cup flour
  • 1/3 cup butter melted
  • 1 cup pecans chopped

Instructions
 

  • Wash sweet potatoes and place on a sheet pan. Bake at 400 degrees for about 45 minutes to an hour or until soft. The time will depend on how big your potatoes are. Let cool. Remove skins. Place in a large bowl and mash with a fork until they are creamy and no lumps.
  • Combine sweet potatoes with sugar, eggs, 1/2 cup softened butter, milk, and vanilla; mix well. Spoon into a greased 13″ x 9″ baking dish.
  • Combine brown sugar, flour, 1/3 cup melted butter, and pecans in a bowl; mix well. Drop by tablespoon over the top of the sweet potatoes. Lightly spread the topping over the top.
  • Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.
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44 Comments

  1. Thank you for the recipe! It was simple and delicious!

    I wanted to add that I have a son who is lactose intolerant so I substituted the butter with Country Crock Plant Butter with olive oil and Lactaid for the milk. I’m always worried about substitutions but this one came out perfect!

  2. 5 stars
    I always have sweet potatoes and this recipe is going to be perfect to share for friendsgiving, but for now I’ll make it for my self.

  3. 5 stars
    This is going on my table this Thanksgiving. Of course, I’ll have to do a test run or two before then. You know, just to be sure I work out all the kinks. It’s a tasty job, but someone has to do it!

  4. 5 stars
    My grandmother made a sweet potato recipe very similar, and for years I’ve been trying to replicate it but it’s always missing something. Now I think I know what the answer is – pecans! I can’t wait to try this for Thanksgiving! (Probably before then, just because I love sweet potatoes and brown sugar so much!)

  5. 5 stars
    This is so delicious! I added a little bit more brown sugar to the topping just because I love the flavor and the top was so crunchy! Perfect side dish for Thanksgiving!

  6. 5 stars
    Omg this sweet potato casserole is to die for!! So decadent and perfectly sweet – it will definitely be making an appearance at my holiday table this year!

  7. 5 stars
    This Sweet Potato Casserole with Brown Sugar Pecan Topping will be perfect for Thanksgiving! I bet it flies off the table!

  8. 5 stars
    I am planning on making this for thanksgiving but it looks so good I don’t think I can wait that long. Adding it to my menu for Sunday.

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