I’ve had this secret recipe for years and am now passing it on to you! I hope this Simple Sweet Potato Casserole with Pecans will be a hit with your family this Thanksgiving! Thanks to Samsung for partnering with me on this post!
Want to know a secret?
I love Thanksgiving. Not the pilgrims, parades, and football kind of Thanksgiving.
I love the Turkey Dinner – complete with all the trimmings. So if you ever find me at a Cracker Barrel on a Thursday, I will order the daily special, which is always Turkey and Dressing.
I could eat this meal all the time, but the rest of my family – not so much.
So once the pumpkins and squash and sweet potatoes hit the produce section, this girl is a happy camper!
This simple sweet potato casserole with pecans is a recipe that comes with a quick story.
Years ago, long before Noting Grace was a thought, and way before my babies were in the picture, Trent and I packed up a moving van and headed out west to chase our dream of becoming musicians.
We didn’t have a home, a job, or plan, but we had our love and the adventure to drive us there!
While we lived there, I was able to get a few jobs working for celebrities. One Thanksgiving, we were graciously invited to join my employer’s family for their feast, which was beautifully grandiose and catered by a top chef.
The one thing the table couldn’t stop talking about was the sweet potato casserole.
It was rich, sweet and super decadent. A little bit goes a long way!
So my boss asked that I get the recipe from the chef for them.
And now, almost 15 years later, I’m sharing this recipe with you.
Simple Sweet Potato
Casserole with Pecans
First, you want to bake your sweet potatoes.
In the past, I have microwaved the potatoes and they worked fine for this recipe, so if that’s a better option for you – you’re good to go!
Baking them in my gas Samsung Smart Oven was super easy!
Simply cut them open once they are soft and scoop out the baked insides.
You will need three cups baked and mashed sweet potatoes for this recipe.
I used three large sweet potatoes and only used 2 1/2 to reach the three cups.
For this recipe you will need:
3 cups cooked and mashed Sweet Potatoes
1 Tbsp vanilla
1/2 cup sugar
1 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup flour
1/3 cup butter, softened
Pecan pieces – to your liking
The Sweet Potato Mix
First mix together the sweet potatoes, sugar, eggs and vanilla.
Just mash the sweet potatoes. You definitely want the texture to not be too smooth.
Pour the sweet potato mixture into your baking dish.
Now it’s time to make your crumble topping – which is what makes this dish!
Combine the brown sugar, flour and softened butter in a bowl.
Mix the 3 ingredients together until they are fully incorporated.
Add your pecan pieces.
My boys aren’t huge pecan fans, so I only add a little – maybe about 1/4 of a cup.
Mix together until blended.
Add the topping to your sweet potato mixture by crumbling it over the top.
You want to make sure you get the entire top covered.
There may be some mixture leftover, which is okay. It depends on the dish.
Place the dish in the oven and bake for 45 mins at 350 degrees.
This smart oven was ready to bake in just a few minutes – much quicker than our last oven.
I set the timer for 45 minutes.
And boy did the house smell so good!
While it was cooking in the top oven, I warmed up our spiral sliced ham in the lower oven.
And just look at this spread!
The boys came up for dinner and smelled that casserole and were instantly excited.
Even though I could eat turkey and dressing any day of the year, I only cook this recipe once the season changes.
So, I hope you give this simple sweet potato casserole with pecans recipe a try!
And I hope that it’s a huge crowd pleaser like it was the first time I tried it.
This recipe was passed on from a top chef to me and I'm so excited to be sharing this with you. It's certain to be a hit with your family!
- 3 cups cooked sweet potatoes, mashed
- 2 eggs
- 1 Tbsp Vanilla
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 1/2 cup flour
- 1/3 cup butter, softened
- Chopped pecan pieces
- Mix together the cooked sweet potatoes, sugar, eggs and vanilla.
- Place in a 9 x 11 baking dish.
- Combing the brown sugar, flour, and butter until you have a crumbly topping. Stir in the pecan pieces.
- Crumble the pecan topping over the sweet potato mixture until it's fully covered.
- Bake for 45 minutes at 350 degrees.