Unbelievably easy sweet potato casserole with a crumbly buttery brown sugar and pecan topping. This Southern Sweet Potato Casserole is one Thanksgiving or holiday dessert recipe you won't want to miss!
When I was a little girl Thanksgiving was one of my favorite days-right up there with Christmas. It was a magical day full of all of my favorite foods-stuffing, turkey, mashed potatoes, green bean casserole, candied yams, and of course, classic Southern sweet potato casserole recipe.
Today I'm going to let you in on the recipe that rocked my Thanksgiving world!
- canned yams (I recommend Bruce's)
- vanilla extract
- brown sugar
- all-purpose flour
Step by step
This really is about as easy of a recipe as can be.
- Mash the sweet potatoes up. You can decide how smooth you want them, I like mine a little lumpy.
- Add in sugar, milk, eggs, butter, and vanilla.
- Pour into a casserole dish.
- In another bowl, combine butter, brown sugar, and flour. Mash with a fork until it's nice and uniformly crumbly. Stir in the pecans.
- Top the casserole with the crumbly pecan mixture.
- Bake 25 minutes in the oven and you're all done!
Yes! You can make this easily ahead of time. Spread the sweet potato mixture into a casserole dish. Cover tightly and store in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
Make up the topping and store separately in the refrigerator. When you are ready to bake, sprinkle the streusel on top of casserole and bake as directed.
The casserole is done when the topping is golden brown and the center is firm.
If you want to freeze it before baking, you'll need to prep the casserole and topping separately. Prepare sweet potato mixture and spread into casserole dish. Cover with 2 layers of plastic wrap and store in the freezer up to 3 months.
When you are ready to bake the sweet potato casserole, remove from the freezer and allow to thaw overnight in the refrigerator. Make the pecan streusel topping mixture and place on top of casserole and bake as directed.
Store covered in the refrigerator up to 4 days.
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Unbelievable Sweet Potato Casserole Recipe
- Prep Time: 10 min
- Cook Time: 25 min
- Total Time: 35 minutes
- Yield: 9 servings 1x
- Category: dessert
- Method: baking
- Cuisine: American
Unbelievable sweet potato casserole with a crumbly buttery brown sugar and pecan topping. This is one Thanksgiving or holiday dessert recipe you won't want to miss!
- 40 oz can yams (I use Bruce's brand), drained
- ½ cup granulated sugar
- ½ cup milk
- 1 egg
- 3 tablespoons butter, softened
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- ½ cup brown sugar
- ⅓ cup all-purpose flour
- 2 tablespoons butter, softened
- ½ cup chopped pecans
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
- Pour yams in a large bowl and mash until desired smoothness. (I leave some lumps.)
- Add granulated sugar, milk, egg, 3 tablespoons of butter, and vanilla. Mix until thoroughly blended.
- In a smaller bowl combine brown sugar, flour, 2 tablespoons of butter and mash with a fork until crumbly. Stir in pecans.
- Pour yam mixture into an 8 by 8-inch baking dish. Top with brown sugar mixture. Bake for 25-35 minutes or until top is golden brown and bubbling.
Keywords: sweet potato casserole
This is by far Not Southern Sweet potato casserole.
Melissa Riker says
super curious what you mean by that and if you actually tried the recipe before giving it a one star review?
Well I’ve made a few recipes of this casserole and this has by far been the greatest! I love sweet things normally but the sweetness in this recipe was not over the top sweet , it was absolutely perfect!!!
What is the secret of melted toppings? Everytime i made this, the toppings taste like it wasn’t done and the sugar is not melted. Please help
Melissa Riker says
Hmmm, are you using softened butter in the crumble? I've never had this problem. I use softened butter and really mash it together with a fork with the brown sugar and flour before spreading on top of the sweet potatoes.
Yes it is softened. The sweet potato is very good just the toppings.
Debbie Bellflower says
I haven't tryed yet but going to tomorrow
I would like to try this recipe, but I would like to make a larger amount, say in a 9x13 dish. Would I just double all ingredients? How much would I increase cook time?
Melissa Riker says
Yes it doubles easily and the cook time should be the same Jennifer.
Great! Thank you so much!
perfection! Thanks for another great recipe!
Hi, hope it's ok to comment on an older recipe. This looks awesome but I have an aversion to canned sweet potatoes. Have you ever made it with fresh sweet potatoes? Do you think I could just steam and mash 40 oz of regular sweet potatoes? Thanks
Yes absolutely, steaming fresh potatoes works perfectly in this, I do it all the time! ~Melissa
I think I was supposed to put this in the RC, but here goes: I love the idea of the "Spoonable Cornbread" = my Husband always loves Corn cassarole, but no one else does! We will try this out this year, & see how it goes.... Thanks Country Crock website!!!(And we're trying that Sweet Potatoe one above, too - yum!!!) Thanks for the chance....
Tawnya S says
I love Roasted Cauliflower, but I am looking forward to trying the Cranberry-Orange Spiced Green Beans and Spoonable Corn Bread!
Nicole B says
This looks like the recipe my mil makes! And I agree, much better than the marshmallow version! And on the Country Crock site - I'm going to try the grilled cheese thing for my kids school lunches!