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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.

Today’s Sunday Supper is about holiday food traditions. The group is sharing recipes either from their heritage or their family favorites. They are bringing so many delicious things to our virtual table:


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Sweet Potato Casserole

A recipe for sweet potato casserole with a crunchy pecan topping. This casserole can be served as a side dish or a dessert.
Course Main Dish
Cuisine American Southern
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Author Renee


For the sweet potato mixture:

  • 3 to 4 cups cooked sweet potatoes without skin
  • 1/4 cup canned evaporated milk plus more if needed
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter melted
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

For the topping:

  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup self-rising flour
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • 1/3 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.

Recipe Notes

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.

Recipe Rating


Friday 28th of December 2012

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.


Saturday 29th of December 2012

I'd love to see that squash recipe Donna. I do love squash in so many ways.


Friday 28th of December 2012

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!


Saturday 29th of December 2012

A very Happy Holidays to you too Sarah!

Nancy @ gottagetbaked

Thursday 27th of December 2012

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.

Brianne @ Cupcakes & Kale Chips

Wednesday 26th of December 2012

Mmm, I always love seeing a sweet potato recipe that isn't covered in gobs of marshmallows!

Cindys Recipes

Monday 24th of December 2012

You can't lose with sweet potatoes! Sounds yummy, Renee!