This Southern sweet potato casserole has a smooth and creamy sweet potato mash filling with a crunchy, buttery brown sugar pecan crumble on top. It's easy, delicious, and the perfect holiday dish that everyone will love!
Why You'll Love This Sweet Potato Casserole With Pecan Topping
It has an incredible flavor. This casserole adds a few special ingredients to mashed sweet potatoes to make them even more irresistible. Then the star of the dish is the buttery pecan crumble topping that has a satisfying crunch with a melt-in-your-mouth finish.
It's fit for any cooking level. Even if you've never made a sweet potato casserole or any casserole before, you'll have no problem having this one turn out perfectly. The process is really simple and just involves some mixing.
It's so versatile. This Southern sweet potato casserole recipe is one of those dishes that are equally delicious as a side as it is for dessert. Serve it with Thanksgiving dinner or as a dessert for any holiday, and it's sure to be a hit with everyone! Trust me, the kids and adults in my family are both obsessed with this casserole.
It's made with simple ingredients. You won't believe how basic the ingredients are for how delicious it tastes! I tend to always have everything I need on hand to make this casserole around the holidays, and I have a feeling you will too.
Ingredients You'll Need
For the casserole:
- Sweet potatoes- mashed and cooled.
- Brown sugar- adds the perfect sweetness.
- Heavy cream- give the mash the best rich, creamy texture.
- Egg- helps to bind together the casserole.
- Salt and pepper- just a pinch if desired for more flavor.
For the topping:
- Flour- the base of the pecan crumble topping. All-purpose flour works best.
- Butter- melted and cooled. Helps combine the ingreidents.
- Pecans- chopped into pieces for that incredible crunch.
- Brown sugar- sweetness for the topping.
How To Make Southern Sweet Potato Casserole
Step 1: Make the filling. Preheat the oven to 350ºF. Grease a 9-inch casserole dish with nonstick cooking spray and set aside. Mix the mashed sweet potatoes, brown sugar, heavy cream, egg, salt, and pepper in a large mixing bowl until smooth and well combined. Transfer the mixture to the prepared casserole dish and evenly smooth out the top.
Step 2: Make the topping. Mix the flour, pecans, melted butter, and brown sugar in another bowl. Once fully combined, top the casserole evenly with the crumbly mixture.
Step 3: Bake and serve. Bake the casserole for about 20 minutes or until it's fully heated through. Let it cool slightly, then serve warm and enjoy!
You can keep this casserole in the fridge for up to 5 days. Be sure to let the casserole cool completely, then just wrap it tightly in plastic wrap or transfer it to an airtight container. To keep it for longer, you can freeze the casserole in a freezer-safe container for up to 3 months.
My favorite way to reheat this dish is to put it back in the oven at 350°F for about 10-15 minutes until it's warmed through. If you want to heat it up quicker, you can microwave individual servings in 30-second increments until warm.
Frequently Asked Questions
What mashed sweet potatoes work best for this recipe?
You can use any leftover mashed potatoes you have on hand to save time. If you don't have any leftovers, canned sweet potatoes work well, too. Just be sure to drain them and mash them first. If you want to make the mash fresh, my sweet potato puree recipe is a quick and easy one you can make.
Can this sweet potato casserole be made ahead of time?
Yes! You can make this up to 3 days in advance. You'll want to prepare the sweet potato filling and store it right in the casserole dish covered with a lid or tightly with plastic wrap. Then mix the topping and store it in an airtight container. When you're ready to serve, add the topping to the casserole and bake for about 30 minutes.
Can I double this recipe?
Absolutely! Just double the ingreidents and assemble the casserole in a 9x-13-inch casserole or baking dish.
Can I add marshmallows on top?
Sure! If you want to add them, I suggest using mini marshmallows. Just put them on top of the crunchy topping with about 5 minutes left in the baking time and keep an eye on them to make sure they don't burn. Or you could make my sweet potato casserole with canned yams instead.
What can I serve with sweet potato casserole?
It's best served with other comfort food dishes, such as chicken pot pie with biscuits, crescent roll chicken casserole, or Southern meatloaf. Of course, it's delicious with a Thanksgiving dinner. I bring it to my family's, and we serve it with turkey, stuffing, green beans, and corn casserole.
More Casserole Recipes
- Mixed vegetable casserole
- Spinach artichoke casserole
- Mushroom casserole
- Jalapeno corn casserole
- Chicken and stuffing casserole
- 2 ½ cups mashed sweet potatoes
- ¼ cup brown sugar
- ¼ cup heavy cream
- 1 egg
- Pinch of salt and pepper (optional)
- ¼ cup all-purpose flour
- ¼ cup butter, melted
- ¼ cup pecans, chopped
- 2 tbsp. brown sugar
- Preheat the oven to 350°F (180ºC) and grease a 9-inch casserole dish with butter or nonstick cooking spray.
- Mix the sweet potatoes, brown sugar, heavy cream, egg, salt, and pepper until smooth and combined. Transfer to the casserole dish.
- Mix the flour, chopped pecans, melted butter, and brown sugar in a bowl. Evenly sprinkle on top of the casserole.
- Bake for 20 minutes or until golden and fully heated through.
Any leftover sweet potato mash works great. You can also make this sweet potato puree.
Serving Size:½ cup
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 468Total Fat: 26.3gSaturated Fat: 10.3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 82mgSodium: 222mgCarbohydrates: 54gFiber: 4.3gSugar: 18.2gProtein: 7g