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Sweet Potato Casserole With Pecan Topping Recipe

Maria is a master of public health and a master gardener. She and her husband, known as The Gardener & The Cook, live in coastal Alabama.

Sweet potato casserole with pecan topping

Sweet potato casserole with pecan topping

Sweet potatoes are a Southern staple. They’re popular year-round but are especially popular and plentiful in autumn when they are in season locally. We enjoy sweet potato fries and baked sweet potatoes, but sweet potato casserole is a real treat. In fact, it is almost like dessert.

Sweet potatoes

Sweet potatoes

Old Family Recipe

This is a recipe that has been in my family for decades. I have tweaked it a bit to make reduce the fat and sugar content. My mom included shredded pineapple, but I don’t.

We have it every Thanksgiving and Christmas. It is one of the first things to disappear, while there are plenty of other leftovers for days afterward.

This Recipe Makes Enough for a Crowd, But It Can Be Halved

This recipe is for a crowd, but it can be halved for fewer people, or even quartered for two to six people.

Whenever I make it for just the two of us, I halve or quarter the ingredients, then bake it in two or three small casserole dishes. We can have one for dinner, and freeze the others for another time.

Here’s one of the smaller dishes headed for our freezer. It will be taken out and baked one night when we don’t want to cook.

Here’s one of the smaller dishes headed for our freezer. It will be taken out and baked one night when we don’t want to cook.

"This recipe can be made a day or two ahead and refrigerated. It will take longer to cook if it’s still cold when it goes into the oven."

— Maria

I grew sweet potatoes during the summer of 2020. When we harvested them that fall, we found this comical one. It gave us a good laugh.

I grew sweet potatoes during the summer of 2020. When we harvested them that fall, we found this comical one. It gave us a good laugh.

Step 1: Make the Potato Mixture

Ingredients

  • 6 large boiled sweet potatoes
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 stick unsalted butter, softened (we use vegan butter)
  • 1/4 cup skim milk (we use almond milk)
  • 1/4 cup orange juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • nutmeg to taste
  • 3 eggs, beaten (or egg substitute)

Instructions

  1. Peel the potatoes and cut them into small pieces, then boil until soft.
  2. Combine the cooked potatoes, butter, and sugar using an electric mixer, and mix until well blended.
  3. Add the milk, orange juice, and salt. Mix on medium-high until well blended.
  4. Adjust seasonings to taste (we like lots of nutmeg).
  5. Add beaten eggs. Mix well, and pour into the baking dish.
  6. Add topping (see recipe below).
  7. Bake at 350°F for 30 minutes, or until set.
The potato mixture, ready for the topping. Then it goes into the oven.

The potato mixture, ready for the topping. Then it goes into the oven.

Step 2: Make the Topping, Assemble, and Bake

This topping can also be used on pecan encrusted fish, particularly grouper, tilapia, or halibut. We tried it on grouper — it was heavenly.

Ingredients

  • 3/4 stick unsalted softened butter (vegan butter works very well)
  • 2 cups brown sugar
  • 1/8 cup all-purpose flour or arrowroot (optional, for thickening)
  • water, if mixture is too thick
  • 2 cups finely chopped pecans

Instructions

  1. Melt the butter in a saucepan.
  2. Add the brown sugar and flour. Stir until the mixture is well blended.
  3. If the mixture is too thick, add water 1 tablespoon at a time until the desired consistency is reached.
  4. Add pecans and mix well.
  5. Pour topping over the sweet potato mixture, and spread to cover the entire casserole.
  6. Bake according to casserole directions above.
Sweet potato casserole baked and ready to serve

Sweet potato casserole baked and ready to serve

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Your Comments Are Always Welcome

MariaMontgomery (author) from Coastal Alabama, USA on October 20, 2021:

I don't envy you moving. We moved almost 2 years ago, and I still can't find some things. Enjoy the holidays with your in-laws, and I know you will love your new home. If you make this recipe for your family, I hope you enjoy it.

Liza from USA on October 20, 2021:

Maria, I am sure it is delicious with pineapple. I guess people always have their choices what to like, especially foods :) I hope I will have a chance to make this holiday. I'm busy with moving some stuff out from my house including all my dishes. So, not looking forward to doing that. LOL. While waiting for my new house to be done, I'm staying with my in-laws, perhaps I can make the dish with them for the holidays.

MariaMontgomery (author) from Coastal Alabama, USA on October 18, 2021:

Hi, Liza. Because you love pineapple, I think you would enjoy it pineapple included. I like pineapple on pizza, but not with sweet potatoes. Is that weird, or what? I hope you do make it for the holidays, and that you really enjoy it.

MariaMontgomery (author) from Coastal Alabama, USA on October 18, 2021:

You're very welcome. It is truly delicious. I hope you enjoy it.

MariaMontgomery (author) from Coastal Alabama, USA on October 18, 2021:

You're welcome, Amara. Thanks for reading and commenting on it.

MariaMontgomery (author) from Coastal Alabama, USA on October 18, 2021:

Thank you, Peggy. I hope you enjoy the coming holidays, too. You're welcome for the recipe. I hope you enjoy it. Thanks for reading my article and for commenting.

MariaMontgomery (author) from Coastal Alabama, USA on October 18, 2021:

It's my favorite root veggie, too. Another favorite ia jicama -- it tastes like a cross between an apple and a white potato. We put jicama on salads. After you've tried the recipe, let me know how you liked it.

MariaMontgomery (author) from Coastal Alabama, USA on October 18, 2021:

Hi, Dora. You're welcome. Sweet potato chips sound yummy, too. I'll have to try those.

MariaMontgomery (author) from Coastal Alabama, USA on October 18, 2021:

Thank you, Misbah. It really is delicious. Thanks for reading my article.

Liza from USA on October 17, 2021:

The casserole looks delicious, Maria. Nothing beats an old family recipe, and now, it makes me wonder how it tastes like with pineapple because I love pineapple. I am sure I will be eating a dish like this for the holidays. Thank you for sharing the recipe, Maria. I'm so ready for the holidays!

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on October 17, 2021:

This is something I would never have thought of. Weird because I usually like sweet potatoes. I love sweet potato fries. Hmm, now I have a new dish to try. Thank you my friend!

Amara from Pakistan on October 16, 2021:

Maria your recipe sounds delicious. Thanks for sharing.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on October 16, 2021:

As you said in the beginning, this is almost a dessert with the sweet ingredients and toppings. Thanks for your recipe, Maria. Enjoy the upcoming holidays!

Miebakagh Fiberesima from Port Harcourt, Rivers State, NIGERIA. on October 16, 2021:

Maria, sweet potatoes are one of my few favorite root vegges. I've never seen any like the 'comical' one. It draw a picture of a small girl severe off from the waist. Lol again! I'll give the dish a try. Much thanks.

Dora Weithers on October 16, 2021:

Thanks for the recipe. Just had sweet potato chips tonight. I'm sure I would enjoy the casserole as much, even more.

Misbah Sheikh from The World of Rebels. on October 16, 2021:

Maria, your Sweet potato casserole recipe looks so yummy. I liked it because it was new to me. Thank you so much for sharing this with us. Have a great day!

Blessings to you

MariaMontgomery (author) from Coastal Alabama, USA on October 16, 2021:

You're welcome, Pamela. Thank you for reading it. This is a favorite among our family and friends. I think I would have a mutiny on my hands if I didn't make it during the holidays. I'm sure you would, too.

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on October 16, 2021:

this recipe sounds delicious, Marlene. It is similar to my sweet potato casserole that I make for the holidays. My husband would be upset if I failed to make this casserole for the holidays. I don't usually use orange juice but that might be very good. Thank you for sharing this recipe.

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