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Mom's Sweet Potato Bake Recipe

Mom's Sweet Potato Bake Recipe

Mom loves sweet potatoes and fixed them often in this creamy, comforting casserole. With its nutty topping, this side dish could almost serve as a dessert. It's a yummy treat! —Sandi Pichon, Memphis, Tennessee
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Bake: 45 min. YIELD:8-10 servings


  • 3 cups cold mashed sweet potatoes (prepared without milk or butter)
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/2 cup 2% milk
  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons cold butter


  • 1. In a large bowl, beat the sweet potatoes, sugar, eggs, milk, butter, salt and vanilla until smooth. Transfer to a greased 2-qt. baking dish.
  • 2. In a small bowl, combine the brown sugar, pecans and flour; cut in butter until crumbly. Sprinkle over potato mixture. Bake, uncovered, at 325° for 45-50 minutes or until a thermometer reads 160°. Yield: 8-10 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1/2 cup: 366 calories, 13g fat (5g saturated fat), 84mg cholesterol, 348mg sodium, 59g carbohydrate (43g sugars, 2g fiber), 5g protein.

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johnsanne User ID: 8351873 260141
Reviewed Jan. 23, 2017

"Have tried many sweet potato recipes and this one is not too sweet, just right. My family liked it Alot"

Puckmm68 User ID: 6902953 257578
Reviewed Dec. 2, 2016

"Tried this instead of my usual sweet potatoes this Thanksgiving . The group really liked them . I think the vanilla really another layer of flavor that every one liked .

I will be making this recipe many times in the future ."

Sfcollins User ID: 7951672 257314
Reviewed Nov. 26, 2016

"I wanted to try a more simple recipe for Thanksgiving, without the marshmallows. I agree this is a great recipe and a keeper. Everyone loved it"

jdogg22 User ID: 8421733 257292
Reviewed Nov. 26, 2016

"Wow...this was excellent! This recipe is a keeper! Thank you Sandi for sharing this with us :) Some of my family members do not care for sweet potatoes and they tried these and loved them!"

linda User ID: 1502797 257279
Reviewed Nov. 25, 2016

"I f"

gussymo User ID: 2019388 257251
Reviewed Nov. 25, 2016

"Very good! I only used 3/4 c. of sugar though, as that seemed sweet enough."

heyjewelie User ID: 8572718 256893
Reviewed Nov. 17, 2016

"I'v been making this a few years now & it is now officially been added as a family tradition. The first year, my cousin was helping putting away leftovers & hid it in the back so no one else would take any home & there would be more for her! It really is that good too!"

abileneblueboy User ID: 99965 256877
Reviewed Nov. 16, 2016

"I've been making these for years! Family members request these every holiday. It's a "must have" at our table for sure! I clipped from Taste of Home many years ago! Everyone will be very happy you made them!"

mom4life User ID: 931554 256873
Reviewed Nov. 16, 2016

"This dish is a Thanksgiving tradition for my family. My children and husband absolutely love it! They look forward to the holiday season every year when mom will make the sweet potato dish! I make about 3 of them, one to take to in-laws, my parents, and one to have at home."

patscooking User ID: 1069729 256464
Reviewed Nov. 6, 2016

"Almost exactly like the one I make every year for Thanksgiving, except mine has a little coconut in the potatoes. Yummy and always a hit."

pammmosey User ID: 8569502 256377
Reviewed Nov. 4, 2016

"I always made a sweet potato dish for Thanksgiving. This one is the best. I leave the sweet potatoes a little chunky and add some chopped up apple. Relish!!!!"

karinw64 User ID: 8116784 256216
Reviewed Oct. 31, 2016

"I've made this often, but it looks similar to Paula Deen's recipe. I don't use the 1 cup of sugar in the base because it's sweet enough for me. I do add sugar to the topping. Very good."

Demodiva User ID: 6932026 256146
Reviewed Oct. 30, 2016

"Thanks for sharing. Very traditional Jewish kugel recipe everyone should trying during the winter holiday season. Another variation is melting [kosher] marshmellows on top."

angela32 User ID: 3084463 252184
Reviewed Aug. 3, 2016

"Fantastic! I left out the pecans though...."

snowytrees User ID: 6711334 239352
Reviewed Dec. 13, 2015

"I was hesitant to change my recipe, but I went ahead and tried this one and boy, am I glad I did. These were incredible. Now I'll be making this casserole year round, rather than just for the holidays. Thanks so much for sharing your mom's delicious recipe, Sandi. Merry Christmas!"

Ilovematty User ID: 8607813 238243
Reviewed Nov. 27, 2015

"5 stars though I may add another potato to make the deliciousness go further!"

s_pants User ID: 174050 238209
Reviewed Nov. 27, 2015

"So delicious and easy!"

Raynebow68 User ID: 6265013 238146
Reviewed Nov. 26, 2015

"I get big-eyed begs that I bring this every Thanksgiving, it's that good. I use garnets for their gorgeous color."

Queenlalisa User ID: 15400 237036
Reviewed Nov. 9, 2015

"I had some left over sweet potatoes that I had baked. I searched TOH and found this recipe. It was very tasty. I did add more pecans, because I love pecans. I am going to double the recipe for Thanksgiving."

Toupoe User ID: 1891088 236361
Reviewed Nov. 4, 2015

"One word GREAT"

bessiebell User ID: 6390314 221823
Reviewed Mar. 2, 2015

"Wonderful recipe, love the topping."

sedelligatti User ID: 5692759 26220
Reviewed Dec. 1, 2014

"This was a hit at my Thanksgiving! Very easy to make. I prepped it in the morning, and threw it in the oven as soon as the turkey came out."

pharm1640 User ID: 1008559 73460
Reviewed Nov. 30, 2014

"This was the second year I have made this for Thanksgiving and again it was a HUGE success. The only thing I do differently is add marshmallows 15 minutes before end of baking time. Everyone loves this dish!"

AuntTinasPotatoes User ID: 8119587 64844
Reviewed Nov. 28, 2014

"Yum!!! I omitted the nuts because of allergies, and it was still delicious. I baked it for about 10 minutes longer than what the recipe calls for, which made the topping crispier n the inside a little firmer. I made 1 dish, n it got gobbled up! I think I'll make 2 next time!"

[email protected] User ID: 6093830 71725
Reviewed Nov. 27, 2014

"This was voted the new family tradition sweet potato recipe in the middle of Thanksgiving Day dinner. I don't intend to change a thing, it's perfect as is."

mkaskela User ID: 6061564 73459
Reviewed Nov. 25, 2014

"Almost like a pumpkin pie."

Joychick0558 User ID: 1191750 31292
Reviewed Nov. 23, 2014

"This dish has great flavor and texture. I used 1/4c brown sugar instead of the cup of granulated sugar the recipe called for. It was plenty sweet enough and the brown sugar imparts added flavor."

nightskystar User ID: 1034705 26216
Reviewed Nov. 23, 2014 Edited Nov. 25, 2015

"excellent recipe I am asked for this every year with my twist...i use 1/2 cup sugar and 1/2 cup pure maple syrup in the potatos. edited to i can get maple i use that instead of the syrup. so half a cup of regular sugar and half a cup of maple sugar.

Recipe is wonderful as written, also!!"

love4goodfood User ID: 8011860 31290
Reviewed Nov. 9, 2014

"We love this version! Even without the pecans, it is like dessert!"

01corette User ID: 7422505 51058
Reviewed Nov. 2, 2014

"wonderful!! I make it at least twice a year!!"

lahupe User ID: 6323480 26214
Reviewed Oct. 31, 2014

"I make this recipe every year for Thanksgiving and Christmas. It is delicious. I only use half the sugar and it's still great."

dukeoflilac User ID: 721779 64774
Reviewed Oct. 31, 2014

"I've been making this since it was first published and it is fantastic! The most requested Thanksgiving recipe I have and requested during the year too! Never leftovers!"

insomniaticArchaeopteryx User ID: 7382670 31277
Reviewed Sep. 18, 2013

"Fantastic! I'll defiantly make again!"

evrhaze User ID: 1274087 37350
Reviewed Dec. 28, 2012

"We never have leftovers of this dish, so I've started adding in more sweet potatoes and keeping everything else the same. I used 5 cups this last time and it still tasted sweet and delicious, plus I got the leftovers I wanted."

cwainwright User ID: 1665322 22120
Reviewed Dec. 5, 2012

"The best sweet potatoes I've made"

taylork User ID: 4167388 64773
Reviewed Nov. 12, 2012

"I never made sweet potato casserole before, so I chose this one as it looked easy. It was delicious! My family now wants me to make it for every occasion I can. The recipe is perfect as it is."

vewebber58 User ID: 998755 83102
Reviewed Nov. 30, 2011

"This was a big hit at our Thanksgiving table. One person who has always passed up sweet potatoes decided to try it when I told him that if he liked pumpkin pie (which he does), then he'd like this. He ended up taking seconds and requested some of the leftover dish to take home!"

dinnerisserved User ID: 4017227 203408
Reviewed Nov. 29, 2011

"I made this for Thanksgiving and my husband, who is not a big fan of sweet potatoes, stated that it was so good I should put it in a crust and call it dessert. He requested that I make it again, soon!"

Jinya11 User ID: 4922899 83101
Reviewed Nov. 29, 2011

"Everyone ate this, and had seconds! First time I ever saw guests who normally don't "go" for sweet potatoes "go" for this side dish!"

cactuspat User ID: 5577866 89597
Reviewed Nov. 26, 2011

"I made this dish for Thanksgiving and used only half the sugar. It was delicious and got rave reviews. The next time I make it, however, I will eliminate the sugar altogether. I also used yams rather than sweet potatoes. My method of preparing sweet potatoes/yams is not to bake them but to peel and boil them just like for mashed potatoes."

evrhaze User ID: 1274087 51056
Reviewed Nov. 25, 2011

"My family would be disappointed if this wasn't on the holiday menu. Note: When I first made this recipe, I didn't know how to cook sweet potatoes. After some research, I learned to bake them at 350 for an hour or until the insides are soft (I use a foil lined cookie sheet for easy clean up). I then half them and while still hot I scoop out the insides with a fork- instant mashed potatoes. I then put them in the fridge overnight and make the rest of the dish the next day."

snackcake User ID: 4580851 31266
Reviewed Nov. 24, 2011

"i double this recipe but i do not double the sugar or the eggs and not the topping!"

Bakinfreekster User ID: 1859040 31265
Reviewed Nov. 22, 2011

"This I make every year for family loves it and my daughter who doesnt like sweet potatoes..well she love this!!!"

snackcake User ID: 4580851 37324
Reviewed Nov. 21, 2011

"I have made this for several yrs and every Thanksgiving it is what everyone want me to bring. i do double the recipe cause we have a big crowd."

jpacheco5 User ID: 698768 27202
Reviewed Nov. 10, 2011

"This recipe is fantastic. The only Thanksgiving side dish my son requests. I have been making it for years and probably always will."

dmm507 User ID: 2339550 75022
Reviewed Nov. 4, 2011

"This is my most requested dish during the holidays. Everyone loves it & asks for the recipe. You can use canned sweet potatoes (vacuum packed without liquid) if you're short on time. Not quite as good but still delicious. Highly recommend this recipe."

Paula K. User ID: 4257018 71724
Reviewed Oct. 29, 2011

"I've made this recipe every Thanksgiving for several is a delicious! All 4 of my grown children request this and it is the ONLY thing they request. We never have any leftover."

trujinx User ID: 3449265 51054
Reviewed Apr. 25, 2011

"Would definitely make this recipe again - because I love SWEET - sweet potatoes ! A small scoop of this on your plate is plenty - because of how sweet it is.... still having leftovers today from Easter dinner yesterday !"

jpacheco5 User ID: 698768 83092
Reviewed Dec. 28, 2010

"I've served many sweet potato recipes over the years and this is the family favorite by far!"

leshrysa User ID: 1589973 89345
Reviewed Nov. 23, 2010

"My Family request this every year for Thanksgiving. I have made it for the last 3 years."

jaelspike User ID: 4785474 31259
Reviewed Nov. 18, 2010

"Made this many times, sometimes cutting back on some of the sugar. So good."

jamesdaddy User ID: 4697561 27199
Reviewed Dec. 24, 2009

"Everytime I make moms sweet potato bake everyone loves it"

Lin-Dser User ID: 787535 27198
Reviewed Nov. 8, 2009

"I made this for Thanksgiving last year. It was a huge hit, and all of my family loved it. Definitely the best sweet potato dish I've ever had."

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