Good-Enough-to-Earn-Honorary-Southerner-Status Sweet Potato Casserole

Where is time going???? Next week is Thanksgiving!

Are you ready for Thanksgiving? Are you hosting this year? Or do you have to bring a dish to wherever you are having Thanksgiving? What is your favorite thing to make?

I know you don’t exactly know me as a recipe blogger, but guess what? My kids do actually have to eat. A lot. I don’t know where they put it all. 

So, I thought I would share my absolute favorite Thanksgiving side.

As you might know, I’m a Yankee married to a Southerner and living in the South. For some reason, no one around here believes that a Yankee can have the best sweet potato casserole recipe EVER, but I do! And after everyone tasted this, they believed me. I think it’s actually good enough to earn me honorary Southerner status.

Now, I didn’t make up this recipe. But, it’s just scribbled on a recipe card in my recipe box and I can’t remember where I found it. But, trust me, this is the best recipe! It is almost sweet enough to count as dessert…but you can count it as a side and STILL get to have dessert.

sweet potato casserole recipes

3 cups cooked and mashed sweet potatoes(I don’t really measure, I think I used 4 sweet potatoes)
1 cup white sugar
1/2 cup butter
1/3 cup evaporated milk
2 eggs, beaten
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/3 cup butter, melted
1 cup chopped pecans
1 cup packed light brown sugar
1/2 cup all-purpose flour

I bake my sweet potatoes the day before Thanksgiving- wrap in foil, bake at 325 for about 3 hours or until they are soft. You might want to put another sheet of foil below them for easy clean up.
Mix together sweet potatoes, white sugar, 1/2 cup butter, milk, eggs, and vanilla. Spread into a greased 9 x 13 inch baking dish.
Mix together 1/3 cup melted butter or margarine, pecans, brown sugar, and flour. Spoon on top of sweet potato mixture.
Bake at 350 degrees for 25 to 30 minutes.

There is never any left. Let me know if you try it!

Do you have a favorite Thanksgiving side recipe?

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  1. Out Thanksgiving is a distant memory.

    Can you believe I never made or tasted Sweet Potato Casserole? We were just talking about it with my friends the other day.Maybe next year I will surprise everyone.

  2. I absolutely love sweet potato casserole. I make it all the time- not just turkey day. Yum.

  3. The Blue Zoo says:

    ooooh! Yummy! It would be fun to have a bake off! But who would judge? Aw, who cares! It would just be fun to eat it all! lol

  4. adrienzgirl says:

    See…I always thought I didn't like sweet potato casserole because real Southerners make yams and they cover them with marshmallows and it's nasty. Then I saw someone make a real sweet potato casserole and I thought…if I add this, and change that I might actually like that. Voila! I DO like it! I add some really good maple syrup in mine. AMAZING!

    I am going to try this recipe at some point this holiday season though! I'll let you know when I do!

    Thanks for SHARING!

  5. That One Mom says:

    Um, I'll judge! This sounds heavenly!

  6. YUMMMMMMY!!! I'm going to try this on TG this year!

  7. Thanks! Every year I try to add something different to the table. This year, it will be this sweet potato casserole.

  8. blueviolet says:

    Baking them the day before is a GREAT idea. YUMMY!

  9. Ma What's 4 dinner says:

    Oh soooo yummy Shell! This one looks great. I may have to try it out this year.

    Lots of yummy love,

  10. My Dad would love this.

  11. WhisperingWriter says:

    Oo I would LOVE this!! I am a huge fan of sweet potato casseroles. Golden Corral used to serve an awesome one.

  12. I can't bring myself to like sweet potatoes! I'm the only person I know who doesn't like them. Blecch. But I'm not opposed to preparing them for other people, so perhaps I'll try it anyway! :)

  13. Mommy Needs a Vacation says:

    This recipe looks VERY close to my family's sweet potato souffle! It is delish!! And no, I can't believe it is almost Thanksgiving time! I am traveling back East to my in-laws. Wish me luck!

  14. I can't believe it is almost Thanksgiving either. Time is really flying. I am not a huge fan of sweet potatoes, but then I haven't tried your recipe. It does look like it would be delicious. It may sound silly, but one of my favorite sides is green bean casserole.

  15. purseblogger says:

    Oh my gosh that sounds delicious! I am so going to try this. Thank you for posting because I've been assigned to bring a sweet potato side dish and I've been looking around for ideas. Can't wait to try it!

  16. I only recently got into sweet potatoes! Sounds so good!

  17. For the Love of Naps - Sarah says:

    Yum! A cup of sugar – what's not to love.

  18. MMMm I love sweet potato casserole and pie. Nikki just called and said Drex ate half a jar of sweet potato…I think I NEED some sweet potatoes!

  19. This sounds really good. I'll have to give it a try!

  20. Joey @ Big Teeth and Clouds says:

    Thankfully I don't have to lift a finger for the big dinner. I wonder if I could pass this recipe to the host? Probably bad manners.

  21. I am not a sweet potato eater. I am weird and I know it.

    One of my favorites is stuffing! I loooove stuffing!

  22. SquirrelQueen says:

    Being Southern born I love sweet potatoes. Your recipe sounds a lot like a sweet potato casserole I used to make. I haven't made it in years but after seeing your post I think I will dust off my recipe for Thanksgiving.

  23. Babes Mami says:

    This is the recipe that my husbands Mimi uses! It is AMAZING!!

  24. My Momma Drama says:

    Oh, THANKSGIVING? Jeez… where the hell did 2010 go? I'm a southerner and can only cook spaghetti. You've got me beat! Hope you have a happy Thanksgiving!

  25. I think I ave the same recipe or one very close. It's everyone's favorite! That's what I am taking to our dinner, YUM!

  26. My MIL makes this (or very similar) and it is delicious!! And I'm not a big sweet potato fan…it's the topping that makes it! Almost like a dessert, which we all know is my most favorite thing :)

  27. I have never had sweet potatoes, I think I will have to try to make them this year. We are having Thanksgiving just our small family it will be our first time ever!

  28. Ok, I'm going to trust you here, and try this recipe out for Thanksgiving dinner because I have been designated the sweet potato dish.
    Thanks for something new!

  29. Our recipes sound very similar…my hubby is a southerner…maybe that is why (the recipe is his!)

  30. Thank goodness I am NOT hosting this year! I'm a cleaner upper, which is fine by me ;) Looks yummy Shell! I love sweet p's! Send me a doggie bag?

  31. Oh that sounds so good

  32. JDaniel4's Mom says:

    We love sweet potatoes here. I will need to try this recipe.

  33. Wow, wow, wow!… This sounds DIVINE!! I might just have to make it for this Thanksgiving! :) Thanks for sharing it!

  34. Wow! That sounds really yummy! I am making sweet potatoe casserole this year for Thanksgiving and was going to use a friends recipe. But I will be using yours now! Thanks girl! I will tell you how it turned out and what the response was!

  35. That does sound yummy. I usually make a whipped potato pie for Thanksgiving – which has 6 eggs in it! This sounds like a good alternative.
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  36. Can’t believe it’s thanksgiving next week already!! Oh what a reminder. Thanks for sharing the recipe:)
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  37. I am not ready for ANY holiday.
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  38. Sounds fan-freakin’-tastic to me. YUM!
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  39. We usually serve our sweet potatoes with just butter and I love them that way. I’m not even remotely from the South, so I have never tasted a real sweet potato pie either, but yours sounds really yummy!
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  40. I love sweet potatoes – have never eaten them mashed in a casserole though! I might have to try these sometime

  41. We love sweet potato casseroles at my house. We will have to try yours.
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  42. Mmmm… I absolutely love sweet potato casserole and make one that is very similar to this! And you know what… I’m from the north and it’s an awesome side dish!
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  43. Oh my – this sounds soooo yummy. I love sweet potatoes and I’ve been looking for another side dish to make this year for Thanksgiving. This one would be PERFECT!!!
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  44. Sounds delish! I love anything with sweet potatoes so this is perfect for me. What time shall I plan to arrive? 
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  45. Mmmmhhh, sounds yummy. I am hosting Thanksgiving this year as we usually do and sweet potato casserole is a staple on our table. I have to make some for my daughter’s Thanksgiving feast at school. :)
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  46. Delicious!!!  Love a sweet potato casserole.
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  47. I had never even heard of Sweet Potato Casserole until I moved to the South. We haven’t really done a traditional Thanksgiving in four years, but I’m hoping to be able to do it soon!
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  48. Oh, this sounds absolutely delicious.  And not all that hard . . . but you know what’s easier? If you sent it to me :-)

    I love sweet potato.
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  49. I’ve made your recipe two years in a row now! Everyone LOVES it!
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  50. I’m going to save this and try it sometime!
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