Sweet Potato Casserole for #SundaySupper

Sweet Potato Casserole | Magnolia Days

Holiday food traditions. I think most families have them. Some are based on heritage and others are simply favorites. Although my heritage is German, my family usually celebrates Christmas with American dishes. Ham or turkey is served with all the fixings typical of a Thanksgiving meal. We have creamed corn, green beans, cranberry salad, sweet potato casserole, stuffed celery, and more.

Our meal is quite Southern. Corn and sweet potatoes are very popular in the South. They are also something my mom discovered when she came to America to marry my dad. Back then corn was considered pig food in Germany. It was only grown to feed the pigs. They also didn’t grow sweet potatoes. It took her a while before she would try either of them. I’m glad she did and also got the recipe for the casserole.

The recipe is from a dear family friend. Evelyn gave it to my mom a long, long time ago. I adapted it only slightly, using butter instead of margarine. I also noted to cook the potatoes by baking them. Both Evelyn and my mom use a pressure cooker. I don’t have one of those yet and so I had to bake them. I do not recommend boiling the potatoes because they will lose flavor and color.

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Sweet Potato Casserole
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For the sweet potato mixture:
  • 3 to 4 cups cooked sweet potatoes (without skin)
  • ¼ cup canned evaporated milk, plus more if needed
  • ½ cup sugar
  • ¼ cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 2 eggs
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
For the topping:
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • ⅓ cup self-rising flour
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • ⅓ cup unsalted butter, melted
For the sweet potato mixture:
  1. Place all ingredients into a large bowl. Beat using an electric mixer until smooth. Add more milk if needed. The mixture should have a moist consistency. Spread mixture evenly into a 2-quart baking or casserole dish.
For the topping:
  1. In a medium bowl, add the brown sugar, flour, and pecans. Stir to combine. Add the melted butter and stir to combine. The mixture will be somewhat crumbly. Spread the topping evenly over the sweet potato mixture.
  2. Bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 40 minutes. Serve and enjoy.
About 6 medium-sized sweet potatoes will yield the amount needed for this recipe. Scrub the potatoes clean, poke a few holes in them and place on a baking sheet. Bake in a 400 degree Fahrenheit oven for about an hour until soft when tested by piercing the potato with a fork. For safe handling, let potatoes cool before removing the skins.

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  1. says

    Thank you for sharing the tale of your mother’s first reaction to corn. So funny and fascinating how our different upbringings color our perspectives and palates.

    Given the scrumptiousness of the sweet potato, and the nutritional value (it is a vegetable!) combined with the ingredients recommended to your mother, I am confident this is going to be a winner on my family table!

    Thank you for this great post, Renee.

  2. Pam @ The Meltaways says

    This looks delicious! I love a good casserole, and there is nothing like a recipe with history behind it!

  3. says

    ooohhh I may have to add this to my Christmas Menu! It looks absolutely amazing. I can’t tell you enough what a pleasure it has been getting to know you, meeting you and sharing #sundaysupper with you this past year. Merry Christmas to you and Mark!

  4. says

    This looks marvelous, Renee! Love the topping…makes it so festive! Happy Sunday Supper!

    PS…we love pig food on our holiday table, too!

  5. says

    This can easily double as a dessert. I love this kind of sweet dishes, especially with turkey. We have similar food at my house, it comes down from our ancestors, but it´s a bit much for hot weather! Have a great Christmas Renée!

  6. says

    Thanks for sharing your holiday traditions! I maintain largely Swedish and Finnish traditions, but my husband’s family is from the South so I am definitely familiar with corn and sweet potatoes at the holiday table!

  7. says

    This is normally the dish I would avoid at dinner but this recipe doesn’t include marshmallows so even I would ask for it to be passed to me.

  8. says

    Renee, this dish looks fabulous! I love sweet potatoes and this is one of my absolute favourite side dishes (heck, I could easily make this my main course!). I hope you had a very merry Christmas with your loved ones and I can’t wait to share more Sunday suppers with you in 2013.

  9. Sarah says

    I really have no idea why I have never made sweet potato casserole before. I must correct this immediately! Looks soooo goood. Hope you enjoyed your Holidays wishing you a very Happy New Year!

  10. says

    I made something similar to this with squash, and my FIL, you usually doesn’t like squash, gobbled it up and went back for seconds and thirds. I’ll have to try this version one of these days.


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