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Sweet Potato Casserole on a white plate with a bite being lifted on a fork

Sweet Potato Casserole

  • Author: Glenda Embree
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 12-15 servings 1x


Sweet Potato Casserole is a creamy buttery sweet potato side dish with a Brown Sugar Pecan Streusel on top.  It's beloved by kids and adults alike and makes a gorgeous comfort food side for any special meal.


Units Scale
  • 3 1/2 - 4 cups mashed sweet potatoes, (2 very large sweet potatoes or 3-4 medium)
  • 2/3 cup sugar (Granulated or brown sugar, or even a combination of both works fine.)
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 1/3 cup butter, melted
  • 1 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1 cup chopped pecans


  1. Bake 2 - 3 sweet potatoes in a 350° oven for 60 - 90 minutes.  Place the washed sweet potatoes on a parchment-lined *baking sheet.  Pierce the skins to prevent bursting.  A fork will slide into them easily and they will be tender, when done.
  2. Cool potatoes 20-30 minutes until they are not too hot for you to handle.
  3. Remove sweet potato skins and mash the sweet potatoes pulp.  I actually use a fork and mash them right in the measuring cup, I'm working with.  You will need 3 1/2 to 4 cups of mashed pulp.  Anything within that range will definitely work.
  4. Beat mashed sweet potatoes, sugar (granulated or brown sugar), butter, eggs, vanilla and milk until fully combined.  Mixture will be smooth with a few small sweet potato lumps.  (You could use a mixer to get it perfectly smooth, but I just use a spoon or whisk and it comes together beautifully in less than a minute.)-
  5. Pour the sweet potato mixture into a *9x13 baking dish or casserole dish (or individual ramekins).
  6. To make the Streusel Pecan Topping, combine the butter, sugar, brown sugar, cinnamon and pecans in a small bowl. Stir to be sure everything is combined and evenly distributed.  Mixture will be crumbly.
  7. Evenly distribute the streusel topping over the sweet potato mixture.
  8. Bake at 350 for 30 - 35 minutes minutes.


Frozen sweet potatoes can be substituted for the fresh.  Cook enough to make 3 1/2 to 4 cups of plain mashed sweet potato.

  • Prep Time: 5 min
  • Cook Time: 30 min
  • Category: Side Dish, Vegetable
  • Cuisine: American