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Contest-Winning Sweet Potato Casserole

I am always looking for ways to use our abundant sweet potatoes. This casserole recipe is my own creation that I have made many times. I take it to family potlucks; it never fails to bring compliments! —Kathy Rairigh, Milford, Indiana
  • Total Time
    Prep: 30 min. Bake: 35 min.
  • Makes
    8 servings


  • 2-1/4 pounds sweet potatoes (about 3 large), peeled and cubed
  • 3 egg whites, lightly beaten
  • 3 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup chopped pecans
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon butter, melted
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/3 cup dried apricots, chopped
  • 1/3 cup dried cherries, chopped


  • Place sweet potatoes in a Dutch oven and cover with water. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 15-20 minutes or until tender. Drain and place in a large bowl; mash. Cool slightly. Stir in the egg whites, syrup and vanilla.
  • Transfer to an 8-in. square baking dish coated with cooking spray. Combine the pecans, brown sugar, butter and cinnamon; sprinkle over the top.
  • Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 30 minutes. Sprinkle with apricots and cherries. Bake 5-7 minutes longer or until a thermometer reads 160° and the fruits are heated through.
Nutrition Facts
1/2 cup: 186 calories, 4g fat (1g saturated fat), 4mg cholesterol, 40mg sodium, 34g carbohydrate (21g sugars, 3g fiber), 3g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1-1/2 starch, 1 fat, 1/2 fruit.

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  • dublinlab
    Mar 27, 2017

    I lightly mashed the potato, I wanted it chunky. Very tasteee, l would make this again. Great make ahead dish. Janet. VFE

  • Kasha
    Dec 27, 2014

    Made this for christmas dinner, nothing left! Doubled the topping ingredients as it didnt quite look like the picture but that was easy. Used the microwave to cook the potaotes then used the same dish to bake in the oven. Only mistake was to add the egg while it was a little hot so it cooked the egg whites a bit but after baking no one could tell. Definetly make again.

  • aubdaub5
    Dec 10, 2009

    This was awesome. I used light olive oil instea of butter to make it a bit healthier. I also added some more cinnamon. This tastes 10 times better the next day cold, not that its not good right from the oven either!

  • GBakes
    Oct 31, 2008

    AMAZING! I love this dish! I've made it a few times now and I just can't get enough of this sweet potato! My friends and family love it too. Thanks for a great recipe! :)