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Delicious Easy Pecan Sweet Potato Casserole Recipe or Sweet Potato Fluff is a creamy, sweet, and crunchy side dish full of Fall spice. A perfect side dish for the holidays or a Sunday dinner.
The traditional candied sweet potato recipe made with marshmallows has never been my favorite sweet potato recipe. In fact, I would easily pass it by.
But this pecan sweet potato recipe is different. It is a dish that my family loves and expects on the table at the holidays. Made with a creamy sweet potato base and a crunchy brown sugar and pecan topping.
Super simple to make and a hit every time. Give sweet potatoes another chance with this recipe.
To make this dish I choose 3 medium sweet potatoes. If you are serving a crowd you can add a 4th sweet potato.
The remaining ingredients should be right from your refrigerator and pantry. Sugar, milk, melted butter, eggs vanilla, and allspice finish the sweet potato casserole base.
This dish isn't finished until you sprinkle a topping of brown sugar, flour, butter, cinnamon, and pecans.
Step 1. Preheat oven to 375F. Spray the baking dish #ad with cooking spray and set aside. Set out butter to soften.
Step 2. Boil water in a large stock pan. Clean sweet potatoes and add to water. Boil over medium-high heat until potatoes are fork-tender. Carefully remove potatoes from the water and set aside to cool.
Step 3. When potatoes are cool to the touch, use a potato peeler to peel the potatoes. Place peeled potatoes in a stand mixer bowl or a large mixing bowl.
Step 4. Add eggs, sugar, milk, melted butter, vanilla, and allspice to the sweet potatoes. Set the stand mixer set to low or use a hand mixer on low to combine all the ingredients into a uniform mixture. Pour into a 2 1/2 quart casserole dish. I use this one.
Step 5. In a separate bowl mix brown sugar, softened butter, flour, vanilla, and cinnamon in a bowl. Mix with a pastry blender until a uniform crumb. Add pecans and toss lightly. Sprinkle the brown sugar mixture evenly over the sweet potato base.
Step 6. Add the pan to the bottom rack of the oven. Bake for 30 minutes until the topping is brown and bubbly around the edges of the pan.
Frequently Asked Questions
The terms sweet potato and yam are often used interchangeably. The fact is they are similar, but different root vegetables.
Sweet potatoes are typically what we see in local grocery stores. Orange skin, with a sweet and moist pulp, once cooked. They come in several varieties, the most common with orange pulp, but you can also find them with white or purple.
Yams have brown, rough skin and are generally more firm and starchy. Yams are more compatible with regular potatoes. While you may be able to find yams in your local grocery store, they are more readily available in international markets.
This sweet potato casserole can easily be made ahead. Prepare the base and sprinkle with the brown sugar and pecan topping up to 2 days prior to your meal. Cover and refrigerate until the day of your meal.
Preheat oven to 375F. Remove the covered casserole from the refrigerator and set it out for 30 minutes to allow it to come to room temperature. Place the uncovered casserole dish on the bottom rack of the oven. Bale for 30 minutes until the top is browned and the casserole is bubbly around the edges of the baking dish.
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