11/23/2016

Southern Sweet Potato Casserole

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Today I have for you one of my all-time favorite Thanksgiving side dishes/desserts!

Every year, Thanksgiving and Christmas, we ask my uncle to bring this casserole because he always makes it so well, so I thought I’d try my hand at it…and I have to say – I didn’t do too bad!

I mean, how can you go wrong with this?  Sweet potatoes, loads of butter, sugar and pecans all mixed together!  He said he always adds more pecans to the topping because we all love pecans, so that’s what I did and I’ll bump the amount up in the recipe listed below!

This recipe comes from a sweet lady who is missed dearly, Mrs. Nancy who was a family friend.  There are many versions of this recipe out there, but this is the one that just takes the cake!  So…enough of my rambling…on to the good stuff!

 

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I don’t know about you, but when I’m looking at recipes, I love when the person does a total ingredient shot so I know what I’m dealing with…so i always like to include these!

 

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First I peeled the sweet potatoes and then sliced them as evenly as possible so they would all cook in the same amount of time.  I used 4 medium/large-sized sweet potatoes and it came out to be the perfect amount for my dish!

 

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Add the sweet potatoes to a pot and fill up with cold water. 

** Tip – Make sure to start potatoes out in cold water.  Using hot water makes the potatoes cook unevenly.

I boiled the potatoes on medium/high until fork tender – about 20 minutes or so.

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While the potatoes are boiling, I chopped the pecans up for the topping.

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I also diced the butter for the topping into small cubes…but this isn’t necessary – you’ll find out why later!

 

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After the potatoes are done, drain them really well.  I added the potatoes to my food processor with the butter and pureed really well.  You can also mash your potatoes with a fork or potato masher also, but I wanted them really smooth so I used the processor.

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I also drizzled in the milk slowly, then pulled the top off and added the sugar and eggs.  Add the eggs last so your sweet potatoes have cooled off some and you don’t end up with scrambled eggs.
I also forgot to photograph me adding the eggs and sugar – don’t be like me.

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Add your potatoes to a buttered casserole dish.

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In the bowl, I added in the flour, and brown sugar (and I add a pinch of salt also to bring out the flavors).  I added in the butter after that – and you’ll see now why it was a total waste to cube it.  I didn’t read the recipe properly which called for melted butter – lovely.

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This is what your topping will look like all mixed up.

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Add topping to the top of the sweet potato mixture.  Bake in oven at 350°F for 30-40 minutes, when topping is nice and brown.

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This is what your finished product will look like!  Dig in and enjoy!

 

Still looking for the perfect dish for Thanksgiving?  Check out these great side dishes and desserts!

 

I hope that everyone has a Happy and safe Thanksgiving with their loved ones!

 

-xoxo-
Melissa

Southern Sweet Potato Casserole
Serves 8
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Prep Time
30 min
Cook Time
35 min
Total Time
1 hr 5 min
Prep Time
30 min
Cook Time
35 min
Total Time
1 hr 5 min
840 calories
128 g
109 g
34 g
11 g
16 g
215 g
108 g
56 g
1 g
16 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
215g
Servings
8
Amount Per Serving
Calories 840
Calories from Fat 295
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 34g
52%
Saturated Fat 16g
80%
Trans Fat 1g
Polyunsaturated Fat 4g
Monounsaturated Fat 12g
Cholesterol 109mg
36%
Sodium 108mg
5%
Total Carbohydrates 128g
43%
Dietary Fiber 7g
27%
Sugars 56g
Protein 11g
Vitamin A
17%
Vitamin C
47%
Calcium
11%
Iron
9%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
For the Sweet Potatoes
  1. 3 cups cooked sweet potatoes, mashed
  2. 2 eggs
  3. 3/4 cup milk
  4. 1 cup white sugar
  5. 1 stick of butter
For the Topping
  1. 1 cup packed light brown sugar
  2. 3/4 cup flour
  3. 1 stick, butter, melted
  4. 1 cup pecans, chopped
  5. pinch of salt
Instructions
  1. Combine all ingredients and spread into a buttered casserole dish. Add topping and bake at 350 degrees for 30-40 minutes, until topping is nice and brown.
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calories
840
fat
34g
protein
11g
carbs
128g
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