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This recipe for The Best Sweet Potato Casserole has a velvety sweet potato base and is topped off with a pecan streusel topping. It’ll put candied yams to shame!

A spoonful of Sweet Potato Casserole lifted from the pan

This dish is my one must-have dish on my Thanksgiving table. I’m pretty sure my husband would revolt if I didn’t serve sweet potatoes. I mentioned leaving them out once and he gave me the look of death. They are THAT good!

These sweet potatoes are heavenly. They are sweet and delicious and feel more like a dessert with their German streusel flair. We eat them at Thanksgiving. We eat them at Christmas. We even eat them on other occasions throughout the year. They put “candied yams” to absolute shame. Give it a try this year, you won’t regret it.

A fork takes a bite of Best Sweet Potato Casserole from a plate

What is the difference between Sweet Potatoes and Yams?

In America the terms “Sweet Potato” and “Yam” are used interchangeably and refer to that potato looking thing with the red skin and orange flesh. Yet, you have probably seen something else in the grocery store labeled sweet potato with a light yellow skin, while your orange flesh variety is labeled yams. Guess what? Both of them are sweet potatoes!

The kind of sweet potatoes you think of as yams are simply dark skinned sweet potatoes. You won’t commonly come across true yams in an American grocery store. True yams have brown or black skin and the flesh is either red, purple, or off white. Crazy, huh? You thought you’ve been eating yams all these years!

What are the benefits of eating sweet potatoes?

Sweet potatoes can be an excellent source of vitamin and minerals. Not only do they have a ton of Vitamin A, but it is also a good source of manganese, copper, pantothenic acid, vitamin C and Vitamin b6. They also have reasonable amounts of potassium, fiber, and niacin. Overall sweet potatoes can be apart of a well balanced and healthy diet.

Watch the video below where I walk you through every step of the recipe, including some great tips and tricks to help you along the way. If you love sweet potatoes you should check out my recipe for Braided Sweet Potato Bread. It’s soft, heavenly, pillows of carbs with a sweet potato twist.

A spoonful of Sweet Potato Casserole lifted from the pan
This recipe for The Best Sweet Potato Casserole has a velvety sweet potato base and is topped off with a pecan streusel topping. It'll put candied yams to shame!
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour


  • 4 large dark skinned sweet potato peeled and cubed
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 2 eggs beaten
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 4 tablespoons butter softened
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract


  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3 tablespoons butter softened
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans
  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
  • Fill a large pot with water. Bring to a boil. Add cubed sweet potatoes. Return to a boil and reduce heat to low. Simmer sweet potatoes until tender (15-20 minutes). Drain.
  • Meanwhile, in a large bowl, mix together sugar, eggs, salt, butter, milk and vanilla. Add in cooked sweet potatoes and use a hand mixer to mix until smooth. Transfer to a 9x13 inch baking dish.
  • In medium bowl prepare the streusel topping. Mix the sugar and flour together. Cut in the butter until the mixture is coarse. Stir in the pecans. Sprinkle the mixture over the sweet potato mixture.
  • Bake in the preheated oven for 30 minutes.


Calories: 336kcal | Carbohydrates: 44g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 68mg | Sodium: 294mg | Potassium: 306mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 29g | Vitamin A: 9610IU | Vitamin C: 1.6mg | Calcium: 62mg | Iron: 1.1mg
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Sweet Potatoe Casserole
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October 16, 2020 9:58 am

Excellent recipe, family loved it, thank you

Jane Frazer
October 16, 2020 4:57 am

5 stars
I have been making this for years. It is the one dish my family has to have for Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter! Thank you Rachel for sharing the best recipes!

Ruby Brown
November 1, 2019 10:45 pm

5 stars
I love love sweet potatoes casserole

November 1, 2019 9:29 pm

I’ve been baking this for years. There aren’t any leftovets unless I double the recipe.

November 1, 2019 5:28 pm

I give it 5 stars but I cannot click on the stars for some reason. Anyway, I’ve been making this recipe for years and it is always a huge hit – nuts or no nuts. I recommend it completely for any time of the year, not just Thanksgiving.

April 2, 2018 6:42 am

Can you freeze this sweet potato casserole?

November 17, 2017 4:31 pm

My kids are allergic to nuts. What do you suggest I could use instead of the pecan topping?

November 21, 2017 12:53 pm

Try a little flaked coconut or granola

Carol Smead
November 2, 2019 2:23 am
Reply to  Marisa

Use cereal or Honey Bunches of Oats

November 2, 2019 1:39 pm
Reply to  Marisa

Pretzels should work also.

November 16, 2012 4:25 am

I have been searching for this recipe! (or one like it). Will definitely give this a try next week. Thanks!

November 15, 2012 9:32 pm

I remember when you made these for Thanksgiving a few years ago. Usually I want to hide the pies so I can eat them all for myself. I never thought I'd say that about the sweet potatoes, but these were SOOOOO good!

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