Best Ever Sweet Potato Casserole

Sweet potato casserole made simple and delicious! This is my all time favorite sweet potato casserole recipe and it starts with canned sweet potatoes to keep things extra easy. The sweet pecan topping on top gets so crunchy in the oven and is just the perfect way to top off this easy sweet potato casserole!

I’m curious, do your kiddos like sweet potatoes?

The BEST sweet potato casserole ever!! We make this every holiday - that crunchy pecan topping is perfection and this recipe is really easy. #holidays #easy #sidedish #recipe

I know that as a kid, I definitely did NOT like them. They were orange, which means that no way are they similar to a regular potato and also sweet vegetables are not sweet like dessert is sweet, you know? As a kid, I though sweet potatoes were a cruel joke.

Aaaaaand, now my kids feel the same way.

Now that I’m an adult, I just don’t get it. How could anyone dislike their earthy, sweet flavor? The creamy texture? The gorgeous color?

homemade sweet potato casserole on white plate

I’m sweet potato obsessed these days.

This sweet potato casserole recipe is my all time favorite way to eat sweet potatoes, aside from maybe sweet potato fries – the real sweet potato fries that are deep fried and not baked. ๐Ÿ˜‰

This recipe for sweet potato casserole is actually Ruth’s Chris sweet potato casserole recipe and it’s perfection.

The BEST sweet potato casserole ever!! We make this every holiday - that crunchy pecan topping is perfection and this recipe is really easy. #holidays #easy #sidedish #recipe

Ruth’s Chris Sweet Potato Casserole:

This recipe comes from the famous Ruth’s Chris Steak House.

I’ve sadly never had the pleasure of eating at Ruth’s Chris, but I’ve eaten their recipe for sweet potato casserole more times than I can count.

It’s a favorite side dish at holiday meals and I’ve been known to eat the leftovers cold from the fridge for breakfast.

ruths chris sweet potato casserole in white baking dish

Normally, I’d take a few liberties with a recipe and doctor things up. Literally nothing needs changed in Ruth’s Chris sweet potato casserole. It is as good as it can possibly get. Trust me.

How to make sweet potato casserole:

To start, you’ll need 3 cups of mashed sweet potatoes. You can peel and boil fresh sweet potatoes or you can grab a couple of cans of sweet potatoes. Drain the liquid from the can and dump the sweet potatoes into a large mixing bowl and mash with a potato masher.

how to make mashed sweet potatoes

I always use canned potatoes in this recipe and it turns out great every time, but if you’re feeling extra, go ahead and cook your own.

Next, you’ll add a couple of beaten eggs, some sugar, melted butter, vanilla, and salt to the mashed sweet potatoes and stir well to combine.

recipe for sweet potato casserole in glass bowl

Spread this into a greased 2 quart baking dish.

The crunchy topping seriously takes this sweet potato casserole to the next level. You won’t even be thinking about marshmallows – promise!

pecan topping for sweet potato casserole in glass bowl

In a small bowl, stir together brown sugar, flour, pecans, and melted butter.

Spoon that over the sweet potato mixture and spread it out evenly.

topping for sweet potato casserole

Pop this casserole into a hot oven and bake for 30 minutes.

You’ll want to let this set for about 20 minutes before serving.

Make ahead sweet potato casserole:

The BEST sweet potato casserole ever!! We make this every holiday - that crunchy pecan topping is perfection and this recipe is really easy. #holidays #easy #sidedish #recipe

If you’d like to prep this in advance, prepare the recipe as directed, but cover tightly with plastic wrap just before baking.

Store in the fridge for up to 2 days before baking.

Remove from the fridge and allow it to come to room temperature before baking as directed.

More holiday recipes to try:ย 

Green Bean Casserole: No canned soups in this classic holiday recipe!

Cranberry Sauce Recipe: Sweetened with maple syrup!

Pecan Pie Cheesecake Bars: If you can’t choose between pecan pie or cheesecake, this is definitely the way to go!

Sausage Dressing: My husband’s grandpa’s recipe!

Sweet Potato Pie Recipe: A nice change from pumpkin!The BEST sweet potato casserole ever!! We make this every holiday - that crunchy pecan topping is perfection and this recipe is really easy. #holidays #easy #sidedish #recipe

The BEST sweet potato casserole ever!! We make this every holiday - that crunchy pecan topping is perfection and this recipe is really easy. #holidays #easy #sidedish #recipe
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4.58 from 7 votes

Sweet Potato Casserole

Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
Total Time
40 mins
 
Servings: 8
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: thanksgiving, vegetables
Calories: 527 kcal

The most perfect sweet potato casserole recipe EVER! That crunchy topping is divine!

Ingredients

For the sweet potatoes
  • 3 cups mashed sweet potatoes
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs beaten
  • 1/4 cup melted butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
For the topping
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • 1/2 cup melted butter
  • 1/3 cup flour

Instructions

For the sweet potato casserole filling
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

  2. Add the mashed sweet potatoes, sugar, eggs, butter, vanilla, and salt to a mixing bowl and stir well to combine.

  3. Spread mixture into a greased 2 quart baking dish.

For the topping
  1. Stir together the brown sugar, pecans, butter, and flour until well combined. 

  2. Spoon pecan mixture over the sweet potato casserole and smooth out to cover the entire casserole.

  3. Bake for 30 minutes. Remove from oven and let set for 20 minutes before serving.

Recipe Notes

To make mashed sweet potatoes, you can either used canned or fresh sweet potatoes.

If using canned sweet potatoes, drain all liquid from the can and mash immediately.

If using fresh sweet potatoes, peel and cube the sweet potatoes and boil for 20-30 minutes or until fork tender and easily mashed.

Nutrition Facts
Sweet Potato Casserole
Amount Per Serving
Calories 527 Calories from Fat 252
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 28g 43%
Saturated Fat 12g 60%
Cholesterol 86mg 29%
Sodium 348mg 15%
Potassium 281mg 8%
Total Carbohydrates 68g 23%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Sugars 54g
Protein 4g 8%
Vitamin A 153.5%
Vitamin C 1.6%
Calcium 5.9%
Iron 7.1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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