Easy Sweet Potato Casserole Recipe for the Holidays

Updated on November 19, 2017
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Easy Sweet Potato Casserole

Sweet potato casserole with nut crumb topping for the holidays.
Sweet potato casserole with nut crumb topping for the holidays. | Source

Sweet Potato Casserole Recipe

Do you like sweet potatoes? I never liked them, but once I tried this easy recipe from my mother-in-law (who received it from another family member), I was in love. This sweet potato casserole is so delicious! It can be eaten as a side dish or a dessert, warm or cold. It's a great blend of textures: crunchy topping with a creamy filling. Yum!

The wonderful thing about this recipe is that it can be made ahead of time and warmed up (covered) in the oven or microwave the next day.

When I make this recipe for a holiday, I usually double it. It makes more than enough for 12+ people, and then some.

Easy Sweet Potato Casserole Recipe

4.7 stars from 3 ratings of Sweet Potato Casserole Recipe

Cook Time

Prep time: 30 min
Cook time: 1 hour
Ready in: 1 hour 30 min
Yields: Single recipe serves 6, doubled recipe serves 12+

Ingredients for Sweet Potato Casserole

  • 3 cups cooked sweet potatoes, can be canned or fresh
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup melted butter, 1 stick=1/2 cup
  • 1 cup brown sugar, firmly packed (topping)
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts, (topping)
  • 1/2 cup flour, (topping)
  • 1/2 cup melted butter, (topping)

Notes about Ingredients

I used six fresh sweet potatoes (yams) for a doubled recipe. Simply peel, quarter and boil for about 20 minutes or until soft enough to mix with a mixer.

Want to save a bit of money? Don't buy pre-chopped walnuts. Buy shelled walnuts and chop them yourself (ex. 1 bag chopped walnuts= $7 and 1 bag shelled walnuts= $4.50). If you have more time, you can even buy shelled walnuts and do that extra bit of work yourself.

I have seen similar recipes that call for pecans for the topping, but I really like the walnuts in this!

There is a lot of butter in this recipe. When I made it, I actually used a little less butter in the sweet potato mixture, and it still tasted great. You can also use less fattening butters or margarine in the recipe if you are concerned with the butter content.

Instructions for Sweet Potato Casserole

  1. Blend the first six ingredients with mixer until well blended.
  2. Place in casserole dish. Leave about 2 inches of space in the dish. (Why? If there is no room at the top, you will end up with a mess when the mixture starts to bubble up.)
  3. Topping: Mix together the ingredients for the topping in a separate bowl.
  4. Sprinkle or spoon onto sweet potato mixture. Spread as evenly as possible over the top. Cover with lid or aluminum foil.
  5. Bake covered at 350' for 45-50 minutes or until dark and bubbly.
  6. Bake uncovered for 10-15 minutes to brown the topping.

Sweet Potato Casserole Photos

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Some of the ingredients for sweet potato casserolePreheat oven to 350 for the sweet potato casseroleCooking the fresh sweet potatoesCook sweet potatoes until they are soft enough to mix with a mixerAdding sugar to sweet potatoesAdding milk to the sweet potatoesAdding the eggs to the sweet potato casserole mixtureAdding melted butter to the sweet potatoesCasserole dishes. I used the Corning Ware on the left.Leave enough space at the top for the mixture to bubble while cookingReady for the sweet potato casserole topping! Chopped walnuts for the toppingMaking the topping: walnuts, brown sugar, flour, butterSpooning the topping onto the sweet potato casserole mixtureThe finished product: delicious sweet potato casserole!
Some of the ingredients for sweet potato casserole
Some of the ingredients for sweet potato casserole | Source
Preheat oven to 350 for the sweet potato casserole
Preheat oven to 350 for the sweet potato casserole | Source
Cooking the fresh sweet potatoes
Cooking the fresh sweet potatoes | Source
Cook sweet potatoes until they are soft enough to mix with a mixer
Cook sweet potatoes until they are soft enough to mix with a mixer | Source
Adding sugar to sweet potatoes
Adding sugar to sweet potatoes | Source
Adding milk to the sweet potatoes
Adding milk to the sweet potatoes | Source
Adding the eggs to the sweet potato casserole mixture
Adding the eggs to the sweet potato casserole mixture | Source
Adding melted butter to the sweet potatoes
Adding melted butter to the sweet potatoes | Source
Casserole dishes. I used the Corning Ware on the left.
Casserole dishes. I used the Corning Ware on the left. | Source
Leave enough space at the top for the mixture to bubble while cooking
Leave enough space at the top for the mixture to bubble while cooking | Source
Ready for the sweet potato casserole topping!
Ready for the sweet potato casserole topping! | Source
Chopped walnuts for the topping
Chopped walnuts for the topping | Source
Making the topping: walnuts, brown sugar, flour, butter
Making the topping: walnuts, brown sugar, flour, butter | Source
Spooning the topping onto the sweet potato casserole mixture
Spooning the topping onto the sweet potato casserole mixture | Source
The finished product: delicious sweet potato casserole!
The finished product: delicious sweet potato casserole! | Source

Make the Recipe Ahead of Time

As I said above, you can make this recipe ahead of time and reheat it the next day. I do that when I need to make it for a holiday get together. Simply place the casserole covered in the oven (350) for about 15-20 minutes or in the microwave (no aluminum foil in the microwave!) for about 5-10 minutes. Still tastes great!

Sweet Potato Casserole Leftovers? Yes, Please!

This recipe is so yummy, we don't mind eating it as leftovers. Since it's so sweet, it tastes like a dessert and can be eaten cold, which is how I like it. It can also be reheated, as mentioned above.

Enjoy your sweet potato casserole!

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        Rachel L Alba 

        3 years ago from Every Day Cooking and Baking

        I love sweet potatoes and this one is easy and sounds so good. Thanks. I'll try it for the next holiday since Thanksgiving is over now.

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        Jo-Ann Brightman 

        4 years ago

        Sweet potatoes are so convenient because they can be used as a side dish or a dessert depending on how you prepare them This recipe sounds fattening and delicious.

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        Emily 

        4 years ago

        Mmm... I love sweet potatoes! I bet this is yummy.

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        Lara Clinton 

        4 years ago

        This sounds SO good. I love the idea of vanilla in sweet potatoes.

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        Marissa 

        4 years ago from United States

        I'm glad you enjoy the recipes! I don't know of a good book for blogging, but Blogelina has a great site for bloggers and HubPages own Julie DeNeen has a site called Fabulous Blogging you should check out. :)

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        Rita Spratlen 

        4 years ago

        Thanks for the wonderful recipe. We have been trying to eat more orange foods!! Good for you!! I also wanted to comment on your blogging tips. I couldn't find a space. Thanks for them. I have another blog just waiting for me almost set up!! I haven't figured it out yet what to do first. Your tips are great. Do you know a great book for blogging? I would love an article on that if you know one!!

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        T.E. Lawrence 

        4 years ago

        I love sweet potatoes but I've never heard of a casserole with them. I'll have to give it a shot!

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        4 years ago

        This looks very yummy. I love the taste of sweet potato and with vanilla it must be amazing!

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        Shannon 

        4 years ago

        My husband thinks I am weird but I don't like sweet potato casserole although I am sure that this is delicious. I usually make roasted sweet potatoes, burgers, etc. I do like sweet potato pie on occasion.

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        Kitty 

        4 years ago

        This looks delicious! I might try it the next time I buy sweet potatoes!

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        FotoJennic 

        4 years ago

        I love sweet potato casseroles! It is definitely a dessert dish for us. I wonder if marshmallows would still work with this? I can't wait to try it, thank you.

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        Jasmine P 

        4 years ago

        This sounds so yummy!

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        Gale McCarron 

        4 years ago

        I just bought a bunch of sweet potatoes so i can use this recipe to help me create something different for my Family to try. Wish me luck!

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        Lisa Ehrman 

        5 years ago

        OH, I love sweet potatoes! Walnuts sound good, too! I'm going to try this next week!

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        Hannah Chase 

        5 years ago

        I love sweet potatoes and this looks delicious! Thanks for the recipe!

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        Marissa 

        5 years ago from United States

        Rosie, I've never had sweet potatoes like that. Yum! Thanks for reading!

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        Rosie 

        5 years ago

        I adore this recipe! I'm a huge fan of sweet potatoes. I like to roast several when there is a cookout, then I have them with maple syrup for breakfast, or use them in recipes. I don't need to wait for a holiday to try this! Super!

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        Marissa 

        5 years ago from United States

        khmazz , I hope you enjoyed the recipe! Thanks for reading and commenting!

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        Kristen Mazzola 

        5 years ago from South Florida

        Making this recipe for Easter today!

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        Marissa 

        6 years ago from United States

        Victoria Lynn, thanks! Feel free to link. :) I'll have to check out your hub as well!

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        Victoria Lynn 

        6 years ago from Arkansas, USA

        Awesome! I'd like to add this to a hub about side dishes for Thanksgiving!

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        Marissa 

        6 years ago from United States

        caramellatte, if you love sweet potatoes, you'll love this recipe! :) Thanks for reading!

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        caramellatte 

        6 years ago

        Delicious hub! I love sweet potatoes.

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        Marissa 

        6 years ago from United States

        KDuBarry03, I'm sure you can substitute other nuts, but I haven't tried to. I'm glad you like the recipe! Let me know if you try other nuts for the topping. Thanks for reading! :)

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        KDuBarry03 

        6 years ago

        WOw this recipe sounds delicious! For the strudel topping, is it possible to replace the walnuts with almonds or hazelnuts (or perhaps with the walnuts)? Those are my two favorite nuts :) Oh, by the way, the picture of the casserole looks delicious! I must give this a try.

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        Marissa 

        6 years ago from United States

        Ruchira, let me know what you think when you try it! Thanks for reading and commenting! :)

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        Ruchira 

        6 years ago from United States

        Wow...I love casseroles and sweet potatoes. What more can I say that I will be trying it out.

        Thanks and voted up!!

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        Marissa 

        6 years ago from United States

        tillsontitan, I'm glad this dish is something that is so well liked! Thank you for your kind comment and for your vote. :D

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        Mary Craig 

        6 years ago from New York

        My daughter-in-law always makes this dish for Thanksgiving. It is soooo good. You did a nice job of showing the steps in making it and I know anyone reading this hub and trying the recipe will love it! Voted up.

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        Marissa 

        6 years ago from United States

        AliciaC, let me know what you think when you try it! I know you'll love it. :) Thanks for your comment!

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        Linda Crampton 

        6 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

        This casserole sounds absolutely delicious, ThePracticalMommy! I love the taste of sweet potatoes on their own, but the potatoes plus the extra ingredients in the casserole would make a wonderful dessert. Thanks for the recipe - I'm definitely going to try it!

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        Marissa 

        6 years ago from United States

        RealHousewife, that's sweet that your mom makes this dish just for you! ;) This recipe is pretty easy, so I think you'll like it. If I can make it, anyone can! Thank you very much for reading and commenting!

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        Kelly Umphenour 

        6 years ago from St. Louis, MO

        This is one of my favorite dishes my mom makes. I am pretty sure she makes it just for me every Turkey day:) lol. I'll try this one - hers is way to hard for me:) lol

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        Marissa 

        6 years ago from United States

        Eddy, you'll love it! Please do come back and share how it turned out for you. Thanks for reading and commenting!

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        Eiddwen 

        6 years ago from Wales

        Mmmm oh I must give this one a try;I'll let you know how I get on and thnaks for sharing.

        Take care:

        Eddy.

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        Marissa 

        6 years ago from United States

        Brandym2012, it is very yummy! Thanks for reading and commenting!

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        Brandym2012 

        6 years ago from PA

        Looks yummy! Thanks for sharing.

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        Marissa 

        6 years ago from United States

        Ardie, they would love this then! Thanks for reading and commenting!

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        Sondra 

        6 years ago from Neverland

        This is right up my alley. My husband and kids love sweet pots :)

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        Marissa 

        6 years ago from United States

        smartincome, it is a good dessert or side dish! Thanks for reading. :)

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        Lor M 

        6 years ago from Philippines

        Looks like a good dessert to me! :)

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        Marissa 

        6 years ago from United States

        ChristyWrites, it really is a delicious recipe. Thanks for reading and commenting! :)

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        Marissa 

        6 years ago from United States

        teaches12345, it does add extra interest at the dinner table! That's why I always double the recipe. :) Thanks for reading and commenting!

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        Christy Birmingham 

        6 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

        It sounds delicious!

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        Dianna Mendez 

        6 years ago

        I love sweet potatoes and your casserole is one that would add extra interest at the dinner table. I like you money savings advice as well. Nuts can be costly, but shelling them yourself would help cut downt he expense.

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        Marissa 

        6 years ago from United States

        Peggy W, thank you for your vote up! It is really a yummy recipe, perfect for Thanksgiving or any family holiday dinner. I just made it for our Easter dinner. :)

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        Peggy Woods 

        6 years ago from Houston, Texas

        This good sounding recipe would taste like a dessert to me with the sugar, nuts and vanilla flavorings added to the sweet potatoes. Makes me think of Thanksgiving meals. Nice job on this recipe. Voted up and useful.

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