Sweet Potato Casserole

Total Time:
1 hr 35 min
Prep:
15 min
Cook:
1 hr 20 min

Yield:
6 servings
Level:
Easy

Ingredients
  • 2 1/2 pounds sweet potatoes (about 3 large), scrubbed
  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted, plus more for the preparing the pan
  • 2 tablespoons packed dark brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • Pinch freshly grated nutmeg
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 cup coarsely chopped pecans
Directions

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Put the sweet potatoes on a baking sheet and pierce each one 2 or 3 times with a fork. Bake for 45 to 50 minutes or until tender. Set aside to cool.

Turn the oven down to 350 degrees F. Scoop the sweet potato out of their skins and into a medium bowl. Discard the skins. Mash the potatoes until smooth. Add the eggs, butter, brown sugar, salt, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and the pepper to taste. Whisk the mixture until smooth.

Butter an 8-by-8-inch casserole. Pour the sweet potato mixture into the pan and sprinkle the top with the pecans. Bake until puffed, about 30 minutes. Serve immediately.

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Was thinking of mixing the whole thing up and baking in the morning. Has anyone done th? If yes, what were the results item not reviewed by moderator and published
Easy and delicious - not that candied sweet potato taste that can be cloying. Tried making the day before and transporting to a family dinner, and the texture was really not the same - it comes out nice and puffy, almost souffle. Once it deflates it is still yummy but not nearly as good. This is definitely one to bake and bring right to the table. But you can certainly roast and mash the potatoes ahead of time, and have everything else ready to go! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Delicious, gluten free alternative just the perfect amount of sweet! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made this for the first time last Thanksgiving with my granddaughter. We have renamed it Maja's Sweet Potato Casserole. It tasted wonderful; and coming from me that is great praise. Being English I did not grow up with Sweet Potato's and hated them; this recipe changed my mind big time. Maja can not wait for Thanksgiving so she can help grandma in the kitchen and everyone is looking forward to Maja's Sweet Potato Casserole! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is a perfect balance of sweet and savory. Highly recommended. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This recipe was alright, but I think I was expecting it to be sweeter. I love when the sweet potato casserole tastes almost like dessert! It wasn't bad, but I'll probably be looking for another recipe next time I make it. item not reviewed by moderator and published
My favorite sweet potato recipe. I love that you can really taste the sweet potatoes and not just the sugar as with so many of the sp casserole recipes. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was very easy to make and was perfect for our holiday party. We substituted regular pecans with candied pecans (a gift and WOW!!! If I don't have candied nuts then I just sprinkle a little brown sugar over them. This is now my go-to recipe! item not reviewed by moderator and published
my family and i love to have this during the year, and it brings us back to thanksgiving. love it! would recommend it to everyone totry it and follow the recipe to the T!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made this reciepe twice for pot lucks. both times I doubled the reciepe. I did as others suggested and doubled the brown sugar. I also sprinkled briwn sugar and butter over the top to carmalize the pecans. It was delicious, every body oved it! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I doubled the recipe and it was great. I added crumbled praline pecan pieces on top and topped it off with mini marshmallows. Superb. I also added a bit of maple syrup for that sweet flavor. Will definitely keep this. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I found this dish to be delicious and super easy to make. It wasn't earth-shattering, but my family gobbled it up and enjoyed it. I just wish I had made it the night before. Also, a happy byproduct was that I had a bunch of pecans left over and I made pralines which were a runaway hit. item not reviewed by moderator and published
A great alternative to those who like sweet potatoes, but not fond of the whole marshmallow contraption we grew up with. This is great anytime of the year, not just Thanksgiving. It went wonderfully with my Pork Loin a couple weeks ago! Highly recommend it! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is the first time I have used sweet potatoes. Even my fussy husband tried it and "it isn't bad" was his response. I will make this again. It's so easy but not too sweet. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is my third year making this casserole and EVERYONE raves over it! I think the big difference is that I put mini marshmallows on top and then throw the dish in the oven to melt them. And I also skipped on the pecans. item not reviewed by moderator and published
My husband tried this at work and wants me to make it. He likes marshmallows with his. I isually bake my yams with brown sugar, a little maple syrup , butter and spiced apples(makes sweet syrup). Me and my sons like the taste of the yams. Just will make both. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This has been a hit since I have made it! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Easy to make. I like my sweet potatoes, sweet. I added extra brown sugar, still wasn't sweet enough. Good recipe, I will just add more brown sugar next time and maybe more butter. item not reviewed by moderator and published
While visiting a friend, I had this dish served cold as a spread on a turkey sandwich! It was great cold so I knew I had to make this from scratch. It was easy to make and VERY good! Thanks Nono!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I tried this on Thanksgiving and my whole family and the in-laws loved it. My mother in law used to make her's from the canned yams but now everyone requests that I make this instead! You just gotta try it! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I tried this recipe for Thanksgiving and the family loved it.!!!!!! it's Christmas and they requested it again. It is very simple to make-- as a matter of fact-- hubby is making it this time because I am working the day before until late item not reviewed by moderator and published
Even the most finiky eaters at thanksgiving loved this recipe. It was light, sweet, creamy, and the flavors worked really well together. It dies taste a lot like sweet potato pie without the pie shell. I did leave off the nuts from the top (due to allergies). There were some at dinner who suggested marshmellows on top. I may try that next time. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made this recipe for thanksgiving and everyone loved it! My husband and niece thought it was good enough to be in a pie. I added marshmallows to the top before completely taking it out of the oven, I will definitely make this again. Thanks item not reviewed by moderator and published
I think my family just doesn't like sweet dishes, but this was a good dish in general. I don't think i held in the oven long enough because the top wasn't crunch only hard. Its good if you like yams! item not reviewed by moderator and published
My family and I didn't really like this recipe. I love sweet potatoes, but this recipe didn't cut it for me. There wasn't a lot of flavor to it. My husband suggested using croutons instead of pecans. I think it will be a long while before we try this recipe again. Maybe I'll add more brown sugar and some marshmallows next time too. item not reviewed by moderator and published
The casserole turned out great. We added some marshmallows on top at the end. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This sweet potato casserole was perfect- not too sweet, light and airy. My family loved them with their Easter ham. I even made them ahead of time, put them in the refrigerator (minus the pecans) then before dinner put on the pecans and baked them as directed. They were wonderful. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I had a hard time getting my family to eat sweet potatoes until I found this recipe! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was a really easy recipe to make. My children and husband who doesn't like sweet potatoes loved it! item not reviewed by moderator and published
For years I have tried different recipes and they all were pretty much the same. Then I went to my daughter's for Thanksgiving and this dish was a "Big Hit". There was only a spoonful left but I took it home. It was nice and creamy and not to buttery...which is the way I like it. Even my children ate it and as a rule they don't touch it. I have to give this recipe 2 thumbs up! I will make it for Christmas. Thank You!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Be sure the sweet potatoes are fully cooked to avoid lumps when mashed. Add extra brown sugar and/or add a bit of maple syrup if you want them sweet. A bit of fresh ginger may be interesting. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Even with a few adjustments for friends with health issues, this dish is still a sar. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Even though I didn't particularly like sweet potatoes, but my family and I tried it over Thanksgiving 2 years ago, and now every time we have sweet potatoes I am asked to make this recipie. Now we do with out the pecans. What I do to cut back on the time in the oven, I boil the potatoes first to cook them, then mash them like regular potatoes. (using a blender). Then combine all the ingredients and spread in the pan, then put marshmellows in then put it in the oven to melt them and heat through. item not reviewed by moderator and published
ITS EASY TO MAKE AND ITS DELICIOUS. item not reviewed by moderator and published
you've almost make it like my grandma used to. yum yum item not reviewed by moderator and published
This tastes like sweet potatoe pie. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This recipe was fantastic, I happened to be visiting relatives on Easter and they served this with their ham dinner...I was skeptical about trying it because I can't stand sweet potatoes but I took some because I didn't want to offend the chef. I ate my "tablespoon" portion and then went back for more! It was like I was eating a dessert not a vegetable! It is sweet and buttery and the pecans gave it that extra something with a great crunch! It was so good I asked for the recipe and was sent here...Now my family will be enjoying this great recipe on Thanksgiving! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Fantastic!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
My family really enjoyed it, I did however add a little more brown sugar, cinnamon, and ginger. I thought it was a nice change to sweet potatoes and marshmellos. item not reviewed by moderator and published
There have been plenty of warnings about how this sweet potato recipe shouldn't be compared with the typical holiday variety that is super sweet...well, I tried not to do so...but I did...it's good...really...but not my favorite...they need to be sweeter (sorry). item not reviewed by moderator and published
Easy to put together. Recipe was pretty good. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I love Sweet Potato's and I am always looking for a new way to make them. This was so indulgent, creamy and just plain delicious! I did add just a teaspoon more brown sugar - but other than that, amazing!!! Thanks HTBW!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
My family and I loved the sweet potato casserole. I used 2 cans of sweet potatoes (short on time), used some mini marshmallows for the topping instead of the pecans. You and your family need to try this outstanding casserole. It is so good. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Very easy, great with a roast for a holiday meal, easy to make ahead and have all ready. Tasted like a great pumpkin pie, toasted pecans on top gave a great crunch to the smooth texture of the casserole. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made this for Thanksgiving. I was trying to find an easy recipe that didn't use the traditional "marshmallow topping". Not only did it go over big at dinner, I have given this recipe to probably a dozen friends who I had sample the dish. One of the best advantages was the ability to make it a day or so ahead of time so that all I had to do was heat it during the last hour. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I followed directions but this lacked the sweetness of a Sweet Potato casserole. I did not like the taste of the ginger maybe 1/2 tsp is too much? I usually make my own but wanted to try this one. I will never make this again...ugh. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Easy to prepare and very easy to eat. I recommend this to everyone... item not reviewed by moderator and published
Thought the flavor was outstanding. I served with a Ham Steak. The presentation was beautiful. They "ate the whole thing". item not reviewed by moderator and published
I don't know if it was the kosher salt or not but the flavor tasted very salty, so i added more brown suger and some cinnamon suger which did the trick! I also added a crumbly crust by combing some flour, brown sugar, and soften butter, and sprinkled it on top before adding the pecans, the fam loved it! item not reviewed by moderator and published
had it for the holidays--everyone loved it item not reviewed by moderator and published
I have made this recipe 4 times now and every time it turns out great. Best part is that because it has so little added sugar, it fits in with my diabetic menus. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I am not usually a huge sweet potato person. I usually just had a bite at the holidays because you are supposed to. But this casserole was really good and my husband really liked it too! I made it for a dinner party and had people asking for the recipe. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made it for Thanksgiving dinner and the whole family loved it. I will do it again for Christmas. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Real easy and delicious. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I have made many recipes from food network and I have only rated one below a 3 and this is it. I served it at Thanksgiving and it was a bomb. I should have stuck with traditional candied yams. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I have just finished the leftovers...The sublty of the the sweetness in the casserole is what is so great about it...You don't feel like you are eating a desert...It is really easy and good! item not reviewed by moderator and published
We usually bake yams for Thanksgiving, but this year I went with this sweet potato casserole. I loved it! We'll never eat yams again. Although, I may try the recipe using yams since most people don't know the difference anyway. item not reviewed by moderator and published
a wonderful casserole!! I made it for Thanksgiving it was so delious!! It got great reviews from family and freinds! item not reviewed by moderator and published
It's like a custard! item not reviewed by moderator and published
this is a great recipe for basic sweet potato casserole (which is the best kind). i use it every thanksgiving. and if you don't like pecans or are in an area where pecans are expensive, mini marshmallows are eaily substitued. item not reviewed by moderator and published
My 16 month, twin boys just love this recipe. My husband thought it was not sweet enough. If the twins enjoy eating it, then I love it! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Made this for Easter Dinner and was the biggest hit ever! I was ordered to never make them any other way. The casserole was light and airy and tasty. I baked the potatoes the day before and heated them in the microwave before mashing. After baking, I then transported the whole thing to my daughter's home and placed it in the over to keep warm. Both adults and kids loved it, and so did I! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made this recipe for Easter and no one touched it. I thought it was ok, but don't think I'd make it again. Maybe you need to be a big fan of sweet potatoes. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I traded in th epecans for walnuts and added TWO more tablesoons of brown sugar. This sweetend the dish a little more and the walnuts were not as dry as the pecans. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This recipe was very easy to make. It was creamy and not too sweet. The pecans added a little crunch. Everyone loved it. item not reviewed by moderator and published
My family loved it--I wish there was a "low fat" way to prepare the dish and still get the great taste. This is a very good dish, although I would not say it is 5 stars. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I loved this receipe. I tried it out this year when it was not my turn to cook, but will use it next year on guests. However, something happened for me between the bowl and taking it out of the oven. In the bowl, it was so good I kept nibbling. I transfered it and baked it, but it was not as good as in the mix in the bowl. I think I would omit ginger next time and up the nutmeg. Fresh grated nutmeg is a keeper! Otherwise it was fantasitc and my boyfriend and I ate it up! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was great! My family was used to to the traditional sweet potatoes. They were skeptical about this recipe until they ate it. It's a family hit now. Thanks! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I love sweet potatos and my favorite way to eat them is plain, baked. This was close to that, not too sweet. I liked this recipe, but would still prefer just baked. My husband did not care for this recipe -- no marshmallows on top!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Done all but topping night before. Works great, just mis topping before baking. item not reviewed by moderator and published

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