December 9, 2010

Sweet Potato Casserole Recipe

About 8 years ago I decided to make a sweet potato casserole for Thanksgiving.  Since then, Thanksgiving and Christmas just wouldn’t be the same without it.  It is so yummy and receives lots of compliments.


Sweet Potato Casserole

  • 5-6 good size sweet potatoes
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 2 beaten eggs
  • 1/2 stick melted butter
  • 1/2 cup milk*
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 bag marshmallows
  1. Boil potatoes until soft throughout. (Some people like to cube theirs before boiling, but I like to boil my potatoes whole with the skins.  This will take about an hour. I also cover my potatoes so that they cook faster.)
  2. Allow potatoes to cool for a little bit and remove skins.  (I use tongs to pull the potatoes from the water.  Sometimes I also use the tongs to pull the skins off while they’re hot and they cool much faster this way.)
  3. In a large bowl mash the sweet potatoes.  This can be done with a fork or hand masher.
  4. Combine mashed sweet potatoes, beaten eggs, melted butter, brown sugar, and vanilla.  Mix well.  Add milk a little at a time and stir.  (You may not need the entire 1/2 cup.  Sometimes it depends upon the natural liquid in your potatoes.)  
  5. Place sweet potato mixture into a 2 quart casserole dish.  Smooth potato mixture to be level.
  6. Bake at 350F degrees for about 35-45 minutes or until hot throughout.
  7. Remove from oven and top with lots of marshmallows.
  8. Bake another 10 minutes or so until marshmallows are brown.  Yummy!!!

an inside view

Alternative topping:  If you prefer pecans instead of marshmallows, you can mix 1/2 cup flour, 1 cup brown sugar, 1 cup chopped pecans, and 1/2 cup melted margarine.  Spread on top.

Make ahead tip:  To save time and oven space, make this dish the night before Thanksgiving or Christmas (without the marshmallows).  The day of the meal, bake or microwave the casserole until it’s hot (10 minutes or more in the microwave), top with marshmallows and bake 10-15 minutes until marshmallows are brown.

If you want a dish that will get eaten, then you should try this recipe.  Enjoy!  🙂


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