Thanksgiving Recipes – Sweet Potato Casserole

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Years and years ago I was given this sweet potato recipe from a neighbor {whom I no longer live nearby, but we keep in touch} and every year at Thanksgiving I pull out my tattered and stained recipe card to make this dish. I have never, over the course of 10 years, found a better recipe for sweet potatoes than this one. It is the perfect accompaniment to turkey and ham. If I could somehow turn it into a facial scrub and sell it, I would. This dish smells heavenly. And it tastes, well it tastes like something from the past. You know, when people made real food.


3 cups sweet potato puree or a 32 oz can sweet potatoes
1/4 cup butter {yes, everything is better with butter}
1 cup of sugar
2 eggs
1/2 cup milk
1/2 teaspoon vanilla


1 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup melted butter
1/3 cup flour
2 teaspoons cinnamon


Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Heat sweet potatoes {and juice if you are using canned}  in pan until boiling. Turn off heat, add butter, sugar, salt, eggs, milk and vanilla and combine. Pour mixture into a buttered 9″ baking dish.

For the topping, combine the brown sugar and butter and place in a microwave to soften {about 30 seconds}. Add remaining ingredients and combine. Sprinkle topping over sweet potato mixture and bake at 350 degrees for 40 minutes or until lightly browned.

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  1. Mrs.Hillbilly says:

    Any true southern sweet potato casserole has pecans on top as well. Your recipe is mine as well. Wondering if old neighbor was from the south?

  2. TAMI JANICEK says:


  3. I have this same recipe, cut from the Houston Chronicle years ago. Mine is labeled “Emmett Smith’s Sweet Potatoe Casserole.”

  4. Hey Mavis, I want to make this tonight for dinner, but I was wondering how sweet it is? Seems like a lot of sugar, don’t get me wrong, I love sweet but I’m curious….

  5. Helen in Meridian says:

    Another reason to vote for Emmett Smith to win Dancing
    With the Stars.

  6. You don’t list salt in the ingredients but it’s there in the instructions. So how much salt?

    And thank goodness you posted this. I’m in charge of sweet potatoes this year for Thanksgiving and I haven’t been in the mood to search all over for a recipe.

  7. It really does need pecans to finish off the top. just throw a handfull (or 2) in with the topping and they become candied in the baking process. Its absolutely fantastic!!

  8. This is the best. I made this for Thanksgiving and we loved it. I added some oatmeal to the topping for a little texture. So good!

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