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Sweet Potato Casserole With Pecan Topping

This Sweet Potato Casserole with Pecan Topping is so delicious and it's like eating dessert with your meal. This side dish is full of flavor and the crunchy pecan topping makes it extra special.

I like to prepare this the day before I am going to serve it and cover and refrigerate it until I am ready to cook. It's great having easy holiday recipes like this that I can make ahead of time and then pop in the oven.

Sweet Potato Casserole in White Baking Dish.

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This sweet potato casserole is my husband's favorite dish at Thanksgiving and Christmas and we make it every year to keep him happy.

The sweet potatoes cook up so tender and make a creamy base for the sweet buttery crumble topping that has a delicious crunch from the chopped pecans. 

A serving of Sweet Potato Casserole With Pecan Crumble Topping on white plate.

Ingredients

See printable recipe card below for specific measurements and complete instructions.

  • Sweet Potatoes - Peel and cube 4 large sweet potatoes.
  • Butter - I used salted butter.
  • Milk - I recommend whole milk for more creamy texture but you can use 2% milk instead.
  • Sugar - Use white granulated sugar for sweetness.
  • Vanilla - Gives an extra boost of flavor.
  • Eggs - This recipes uses 2 large eggs to help bind all the ingredients together.

Pecan Topping Ingredients

  • Butter - Salted butter, melted.
  • Dark brown sugar - You will need dark brown sugar to add sweetness to topping.
  • Flour - Use all-purpose flour.
  • Pecans - Chopped pecan pieces for a crunchy topping.

How To Make Sweet Potato Casserole With Pecan Topping

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 8x11 baking dish or pan with cooking spray and set aside.

Peel and cube sweet potatoes and place in a saucepan. Cover with water and cook over medium-high heat until fork tender. Drain well and transfer to large bowl. (You can also prepare the sweet potatoes by baking them in the oven.)

Peeled and Cubed Sweet Potatoes in saucepan.

Mash sweet potatoes with potato masher then add the melted butter, sugar, milk, vanilla, and beaten eggs. Mix until combined.

Sweet potato ingredients in saucepan.

Pour into prepared baking dish smoothing lightly with a spatula then set aside.

For the topping combine the melted butter, brown sugar, flour and pecan pieces in small bowl.

Topping Ingredients in Bowl ready to combine.

Use your fingers and crumble topping evenly over the sweet potato casserole.

Sweet Potato Casserole in white Baking Dish ready to bake.

Bake for 25 to 35 minutes. Oven times vary. Sweet potato casserole should be lightly golden browned and set around the edges.

Sweet Potato Casserole In white baking dish ready to serve.

Can I use canned sweet potatoes instead of fresh sweet potatoes?

Yes! If you don't have time to cook sweet potatoes you can use a 29-ounce can of sweet potatoes. Make sure you drain them and then mash them with potato masher before adding the other ingredients.

If you are looking for more holiday recipes try this Instant Pot Cranberry Sauce, Instant Pot Turkey Breast, Classic Deviled Eggs, Gingerbread Cream Cheese Dip and Whipped Sweet Potatoes.

Sweet Potato Casserole served on white plate.

Here is what readers have to say about this on Pinterest!

"This has been a yearly hit for me 😊 It’s very simple to make too." - Payton

"Not my first time making this but it is the best recipe. It includes some of the tweaks I normally make but with specific measurements!" - Donye

"This is excellent!! Delish!! Everyone wanted the recipe!!" - Kathy

"WINNER! Everyone loved it! Forget dessert, this is addictive." - Dana

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A serving of Sweet Potato Casserole With Pecan Crumble Topping on white plate.

Sweet Potato Casserole With Pecan Topping

Author: Judy Wilson
This Sweet Potato Casserole with Pecan Topping is so delicious and it's like eating dessert with your meal. This side dish is full of flavor and the crunchy pecan topping makes it extra special.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 8

Ingredients
  

  • 4 large sweet potatoes, peeled and cubed
  • ½ cup butter, melted
  • cup milk
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 large eggs, beaten

Topping

  • 5 Tablespoons butter, melted
  • cup dark brown sugar
  • cup flour
  • 1 ½ cups pecan pieces

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 8x11 baking dish or pan with cooking spray and set aside.
  • Peel and cube sweet potatoes and place in a saucepan. Cover with water and cook over medium-high heat until fork tender. Drain well and transfer to large bowl. 
  • Mash sweet potatoes with potato masher then add the melted butter, sugar, milk, vanilla, and beaten eggs. Mix until combined.
  • Pour into prepared baking dish smoothing lightly with a spatula then set aside.
  • For the topping combine the melted butter, brown sugar, flour and pecan pieces in small bowl.
  • Use your fingers and crumble topping evenly over the sweet potato casserole.
  • Bake for 25 to 35 minutes. Oven times vary. Sweet potato casserole should be lightly golden browned and set around the edges.

Notes

You can also prepare the sweet potatoes by baking them in the oven.
If you don't have time to cook sweet potatoes you can use a 29-ounce can of sweet potatoes. Make sure you drain them and then mash them with potato masher.
The nutritional information provided is approximate and should only be used as a general guideline. It is an estimate that will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.
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Kelly

Thursday 23rd of November 2023

My second time making this recipe. We love it!

Marlena

Saturday 21st of December 2019

In the sweet potatoes is that regular sugar or brown sugar

Amber

Thursday 14th of November 2019

Hello! This sounds delicious! If I wish to double the recipe, how long do you suspect I would need to cook it? My guess is around 45 minutes but I just wonder if you had ever doubled it and what you found to be a good cooking time. Thank you!

Judy

Sunday 17th of November 2019

Hi Amber! I have not ever double the recipe but if I did I would probably cook it in 2 separate pans so the cooking time would not change. I'm not sure what the cooking time would need to be if you cooked it all in one pan. If you try it let us know how it does.

Barbara

Saturday 24th of August 2019

I love this casserole !! My niece always prepares It at thanksgiving!! We have a Big Family and We all love this special dish!!!!! I misplaced my Copy of the recipe!!! So glad to find it again!! Thanks so much!!

Judy

Sunday 1st of September 2019

Enjoy! It's our favorite!!

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