Easy Old Fashioned Sweet Potato Casserole
Indulge in the taste of a timeless favorite- Old Fashioned Sweet Potato Casserole. This dish brings a familiar warmth and comfort to your holiday table. Creamy sweet potatoes, sugar, eggs, butter, milk, vanilla, and pecans combine to form goodness and deliciousness! A classic that’s sure to be a hit at your next holiday gathering or family dinner.
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.
Why Southern Sweet Potato Casserole 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!
Nostalgia: This easy sweet potato casserole brings back memories and is steeped in tradition that transports us back to those cherished moments spent with family. Be ready to enjoy every heartfelt bite, whether it’s a Thanksgiving dinner, special occasion, or weeknight meal.
Comfort: This casserole embodies comfort in every bite. This old fashioned recipe has the natural sweetness of sweet potatoes that combines sugar and spices that soothes the soul.
Versatile: This casserole offers flexibility with the topping ingredients. The crunchy pecans add nuttiness but can be swapped with walnuts if desired. Mini marshmallows can be added to the top for extra sweetness.
Everyday Side Dish: Although this dish is usually seen for special occasions and holidays, it is easy enough for family meals during the week. Turn ordinary meals into extraordinary meals with this delightful dish. A simple yet impressive dish everyone will enjoy.
Symbol of Tradition: This old-fashioned sweet potato casserole is traditional and brings families back together around the dinner table. Each bite allows you to enjoy the simple pleasures of life—the perfect Thanksgiving side dish.
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.
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!
For another sweet potato treat, try this Southern Sweet Potato Pie. It’s made with basic ingredients and turns out perfect every time. Try it with a dollop of whipped cream for an added touch.
This recipe makes the best Sweet Potato Casserole and has been a family favorite for years.
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Ingredients Needed for Sweet Potato Casserole with Brown Sugar and Pecans
This recipe only requires simple ingredients and comes together in no time. All of the ingredients can easily be found in your local grocery store. The whole family will enjoy this perfect combination of ingredients and a wonderful recipe.
Sweet Potatoes – I use fresh sweet potatoes for the sweet potato mixture. You will cook and mash the potatoes for this recipe. They are easy to mash with a fork or a potato masher.
Sugar – I use white sugar for the sweet potato mixture and brown sugar for the topping.
Eggs – You will need medium to large eggs. I have used both. Use what you have in your refrigerator.
Butter – Everything is better with butter. Use softened butter. It acts as a binder.
Milk – Whole milk is used for this recipe.
Vanilla Extract – Used for flavoring. Please don’t leave it out.
Light Brown Sugar – This is used for the topping. If you need to swap out dark brown sugar, that will work just fine.
Flour – Used for the topping.
Melted Butter – Melted butter mixes well with the ingredients.
Chopped Pecans – I like to use chopped pecans for the topping.
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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 Sweet Potato Casserole Recipe
For complete instructions, see the printable recipe card below. This casserole is buttery, soft, creamy, and the perfect side dish for Thanksgiving—a great recipe for all your holiday side dishes.
- Gather ingredients.
- Bake Potatoes. Place washed potatoes on a baking sheet and bake. Cool to room temperature so you can peel them easier.
- Combine. Combine mashed sweet potatoes with sugar, eggs, 1/2 cup softened butter, milk, and vanilla in a large mixing bowl. Spoon into a greased 13″ x 9″ casserole dish.
- In a medium bowl, make the pecan crumble for the crunchy topping. Combine brown sugar, flour, 1/3 cup melted butter, and pecans.
- Using a tablespoon, drop the crumble topping over the top of the sweet potatoes.
- Spread gently over the top.
- Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.
How to Make Sweet Potato Casserole Ahead
Bake the sweet potatoes and mix the creamy mixture—place in a wrapped casserole dish and place in the refrigerator. You can make this recipe up to a day ahead. Add the topping before baking. When you are ready to bake, please remove it from the fridge, add the topping, and bake according to the directions. If the casserole is cold, add a few extra minutes to the cooking time.
How to Store Leftover Sweet Potato Casserole
Classic sweet potato casserole is fabulous the next day. Bring leftovers to room temperature and store them in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
Tips for the Perfect Sweet Potato Casserole
- Bake Potatoes a day or so ahead of time to cut down on prep work.
- Mash the potatoes until they are smooth.
- Spread the pecan topping evenly over the top of the casserole.
Variations for this Old Fashioned Sweet Potato Casserole
- Add mini marshmallows to the top.
- Add candied pecans to the top.
- Add shredded coconut to the top.
- Change the topping up a bit and make a streusel topping.
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Sweet Potato Casserole with Brown Sugar Pecan Topping
- 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
- 1 cup Brown Sugar packed
- 1/3 cup flour
- 1/3 cup butter melted
- 1 cup pecans chopped
- 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.