This delicious Southern Sweet Potato Casserole with Pecans makes a lovely side dish to any meal. The sweet and crunchy pecan crust tops a creamy rich sweet potato filling. This family recipe is a favorite Thanksgiving side dish tradition in our home.
Growing up, I had never even heard of Sweet Potato Casserole with Pecans. My mother is from Wisconsin, and she didn't make very many casseroles on Thanksgiving.
It wasn't until I met my husband and we shared our first Thanksgiving together, that I was introduced to the tasty variety of casseroles that Southerners enjoy making such as vegetable casserole, green bean casserole, Cranberry Apple Casserole, and broccoli and cheese casserole.
Sweet Potato Casserole with Pecans
My absolute favorite casserole is my mother-in-law's (Patricia Crenshaw) Sweet Potato Casserole with Pecans. My mom would make a sweet potato dish with little marshmallows on top. It was good, but it was not as tasty and decadent as this pecan casserole version.
One bite of that crunchy sweet pecan topping with a buttery, sweet potato filling is like heaven in your mouth. Who needs dessert after this dish? Patricia makes it every year, and it disappears quickly in our household! It is one of my favorite dishes I look forward to on Thanksgiving.
How do you make sweet potato casserole?
Making sweet potato casserole is super easy! Just follow these steps:
- In a large mixing bowl, blend sweet potatoes, eggs, sugar, 1/2 cup butter, and vanilla until smooth.
- Add to a 9×13 baking dish.
- In a mixing bowl, mix pecans, flour, and brown sugar. Add the melted butter and stir until the pecans are completely covered in flour mixture.
- Add pecan topping to casserole.
- Bake at 350 for about 35 minutes.
Note: My mother-in-law cooks this recipe in a 9×13 pan. It will be a thinner version than a typical sweet potato casserole. You can double the recipe in the 9×13 pan or cook it in an 8×8 pan if you want the casserole to be thicker.
Yams or Sweet Potatoes in Baked Sweet Potato Casserole?
Canned sweet potatoes are often labeled yams in the grocery store. This baked sweet potato casserole recipe is easy because you use canned sweet potatoes or yams. It cuts the work in half.
However, you can roast fresh sweet potatoes for this recipe. Just make sure that you bake them until they are completely softened. Also keep in mind that the canned sweet potatoes are sweetened, therefore you may want to add in a little extra sugar.
Can you freeze sweet potato casserole?
You can freeze sweet potato casserole. Follow these steps:
- Make sweet potato casserole according to directions without the topping.
- Wrap with plastic wrap and aluminum foil to keep the freshness, then freeze.
- Completely thaw out casserole before baking.
- Make your crunchy pecan crust topping when ready to bake and continue baking according to directions.
My Mother-In-Law is as sweet as this Sweet Potato Casserole. My children absolutely adore her. She takes "Spoiling Grandchildren" to a whole new level and she is always showering them with love, hugs, kisses, and kindness. They are so lucky to have her as a grandmother.
She also is a big support to me and is always there for me when I need her. I am so lucky to have such a loving, thoughtful mother-in-law. It brings me joy to share this beloved recipe of hers so that my children may one day have it to make it in their home.
For more casserole side dishes, try:
- Southern Cornbread Dressing
- Southern Spicy Tomato Grits Casserole
- Hash Brown Casserole
- Cranberry Apple Casserole
- Jalapeno Cheese Grits
- Southern Baked Beans Quintet
When you make this baked sweet potato casserole, tell me what you think in the comment section! I would love to hear back! My readers will too.
Southern Sweet Potato Casserole with Pecans
- 29 oz canned sweet potatoes or yams drained
- 2 eggs
- 1 cup sugar
- 1/2 cup butter melted
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 1 cup pecans chopped
- 1/3 cup flour
- 1/3 cup butter melted
- In a large mixing bowl, blend 29 oz canned sweet potatoes or yams, 2 eggs, 1 cup sugar, 1/2 cup butter, and 1 tsp vanilla until smooth.
- Add to a 9x13 baking dish.
- In a mixing bowl, mix 1 cup pecans, 1/3 cup flour, and 1 cup brown sugar. Add the 1/3 cup melted butter and stir until the pecans are completely covered in flour mixture.
- Add pecan topping to casserole. Bake at 350 for about 35 minutes.