Sweet Potato Casserole

by sunshine on August 5, 2008

his is a recipe you will definitely want to save for later….say, for Thanksgiving or Christmas. I have used this recipe every year for the past 6 years (at least), by popular demand : ) It is so yummy and there is never any left over. I use it for family gatherings, church pot lucks, you name it. Everyone always loves it. I promise, if you make this once, it won’t be the last!

Sweet Potato Casserole

Printable Version: Sweet Potato Casserole


4 1/2 pounds sweet potatoes
1 cup sugar
1/4 cup milk
1/2 cup butter, softened
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/4 teaspoon salt

1 1/2 cups miniature marshmallows, optional


1/2 cup packed brown sugar

1/2 cup pecan pieces

2 Tbsp flour

3 Tbsp butter, melted


Bake sweet potatoes at 400° for about 1 hour or until tender. Let cool to touch; peel and mash sweet potatoes. (You can always use canned sweet potatoes, but trust me, you want to take the time to use fresh….they taste so much better!)

Beat mashed sweet potatoes, sugar, and next 5 ingredients with a potato masher or electric mixer (at med. speed) until smooth. Spoon potato mixture into a greased 9 X 13-inch baking dish.

Combine topping ingredients in a small bowl.  Sprinkle over top of sweet potato mixture.

Bake at 350° for 30 minutes. Remove from oven; let stand 10 minutes. If desired, sprinkle marshmallows on top; bake 10 additional minutes or until marshmallows are golden brown.  Let stand 10 minutes before serving.

**I will often double the ingredients for the topping because people tell me they always love it so much.

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Amy August 5, 2008 at 7:30 pm

I just started like sweet potatoes about 2 years ago and now I can’t get enough of them. I will have to try this recipe. Last year I couldn’t find one that I loved, so I combined two of them to make my own concoction. I love having a little crunch on the top.

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Lanhee November 25, 2008 at 1:26 pm

This is Lanhee from church. I have been reading your blog for a little bit now. I found it through Amy's blog. I blog to keep Jeff and family updated with the kids.Anyhow. I am going to make this tonight. I am actually doing a lot of make ahead recipes since I have the kids and won't be able to do much day of… I am going to mix everything but the topping and store in refrigerator till I am ready to bake on Thanksgiving day. I hope it works. I will tell you if it flops.


Abbey November 26, 2014 at 7:48 pm

Did it work out doing it in advance? I would love to mix it all tonight and bake tomorrow. Thanks!


MakeLifeDelicious November 26, 2014 at 7:55 pm

Yes, it worked just fine! I covered it with foul and put the brown sugar topping on the next day before I out it in the oven.


Nanci November 19, 2009 at 12:41 am

I came across your recipe and decided to try it. I made it for an office luncheon and it was a smash hit! The only thing is a recommend at least tripling the crunchy top. When I doubled it seemed like there should be just a bit more. It was absolutely delish though! thank you!


MLDelicous November 19, 2009 at 4:39 am

You're welcome! So glad you liked it! This is my favorite Thanksgiving recipe. Whenever I make it everyone loves it!


Rebecca December 25, 2009 at 9:46 pm

This is the best sweet potato casserole recipe I have ever made! I have cooked my way through several, all leaving me disappointed and not liking sweet potatoes. This one is MONEY!


Jeremy January 3, 2010 at 6:45 pm

I made this for dinner for friends. One of my friends had never had sweet potatoes…..it was so good my friend got 2 helpings! Really tasty!


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