Sweet Potato Casserole Recipe

Sweet Potato Casserole is a southern classic. With a rich, buttery taste and crunchy topping, sweet potato casserole makes a perfect side dish or a dessert.

Sweet Potato Casserole is a southern classic. With a rich, buttery taste and crunchy topping, sweet potato casserole makes a perfect side dish or a dessert. // addapinch.com

 

 

Sweet potato casserole. Do you consider it a side dish or dessert?

Or both?

Because you know, sometimes when you find something that works for both, you just have to go with it. Right?

My Grandmother Verdie always served her sweet potato casserole during the holidays and I have to admit that it was always one of my favorite parts of the meal! Forget the turkey, just give me an extra scoop of her sweet potato casserole and I was a happy girl!

Now that I’m a little bit older (ahem…) and I’ve discovered my love for Bart’s smoked turkey, my plate has a whole lot more on it competing for my attention!

The smell of sweet potato casserole makes your entire house smell amazing. Better yet, your family and guests will try to figure out how to get every last bite our of the dish. Just watch them when you serve it. I promise, they’ll be trying to figure it out. Just watch.

Sweet Potato Casserole is a southern classic. With a rich, buttery taste and crunchy topping, sweet potato casserole makes a perfect side dish or a dessert. // addapinch.com

Here’s how I make my Grandmother’s Southern Sweet Potato Casserole. I hope you love it as much as my family does!

Yield: 12

Sweet Potato Casserole Recipe

Total Time 50 minutes
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Sweet Potato Casserole graces my family table every fall. With it's rich, buttery taste and crunchy topping, sweet potato casserole makes for a perfect side dish, but is sweet enough to serve as a dessert.
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Ingredients

  • 5 cups cooked sweet potatoes mashed (about 5-6 medium sweet potatoes)
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 8 tablespoons butter softened
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 2 eggs

For the Streusel Topping:

  • 1 cup brown sugar packed
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • 4 tablespoons butter softened
  • 1/2 cup mini marshmallows optional

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350º F. Scrub sweet potatoes and boil or bake in the oven until tender.
  2. Cool, peel and mash the sweet potatoes. Stir in granulated sugar, butter, vanilla, milk and eggs, mix well. Pour mixture into a 9x13 casserole dish or individual dishes for serving.

For the topping:

  1. Mix brown sugar, flour, nuts and butter together and spread evenly over sweet potato mixture.
  2. Cook for 30 minutes until topping has browned. If using mini marshmallows, add them the final 10 minutes of baking. Remove from oven and serve.

Notes

Make-Ahead Tips: Prepare sweet potato mixture and spread into casserole dish. Wrap tightly and store in the refrigerator for 3 to 5 days. Prepare streusel topping and store in a zip top bag in the refrigerator. When ready to bake, remove all from the refrigerator. Spread streusel on top of casserole and bake as directed.
Freezer Friendly Tips: Prepare sweet potato mixture and spread into casserole dish. Cool completely, wrap tightly and store in the freezer up to 3 months.
When ready to bake, remove from the freezer and allow to thaw overnight in the refrigerator. Make streusel topping mixture and place on top of casserole and bake as directed.

All images and text © Robyn Stone for Add a Pinch

 

Enjoy!
Robyn xo

Sweet Potato Casserole is a southern classic. With a rich, buttery taste and crunchy topping, sweet potato casserole makes a perfect side dish or a dessert. // addapinch.com

From the Add a Pinch recipe archives, originally published 2010.

 

90 comments on “Sweet Potato Casserole Recipe”

  1. I made the dish according to the recipes but put it in a 9×13 I think I should have put it in a 8×8.. But it tasted great!

  2. Can you substitute the fresh boiled sweet potatoes for drained canned sweet potatoes? If so how many cans and how many ounces?

    • Hi Jennifer,
      I’ve not used canned sweet potatoes, but you’ll just want to make sure that you have about 5 cups of cooked sweet potatoes. I hope you enjoy it!!! xo

  3. This looks awesome! I’m wanting to make it for our office luncheon but I want to make ahead put it in the crockpot to warm up for lunch. Any clue what setting to use and for how long? I would be getting to work about 4 hours before lunch is served. Thanks in advance!

  4. Can walnuts be substituted for pecans?

  5. I’ve been making sweet potato casseroles for years and never have had it to turn out as pretty as other people do I cooked it just today and my brown sugar caramelized I did not have any pecans so just use brown sugar and flour mixture What can I do to make it prettier

  6. Hi Robin my name is Lana and this will be the first time I’ve made a sweet potato casserole I was reading your reviews and in one of them it said that he should have probably made it in a 8 by 8 instead of a 9 by 13 what do you think the difference would be if made in the 8 by 8 and maybe cooked a little longer?

    • Hi Lana,
      I always make mine in a 9×13. Either size dish should work fine, but if thicker in an 8×8 you would want to bake longer to make sure cooked through. You might have to tent with foil as well so that the topping doesn’t burn.

  7. Ohmygosh….grand slam at Thanksgiving….incredibly good!!!

  8. this looks delish! Should the butter be salted or unsalted?

  9. Been looking for a sweet potato casserole for Christmas. However, do you think it would work with me subbing Splenda for the required sugar and gluten-free flour in the topping? I’m trying to serve a diabetic (more than one in fact) and one with gluten intolerance.

  10. This recipe was such a hit last year making again this year

    Thank you

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