Southern Sweet Potato Casserole


This sweet potato casserole is a Southern classic. So sweet and delicious.

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
1 hrs 30 mins
Additional Time:
5 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 55 mins
14 servings


  • 5 pounds sweet potatoes, scrubbed

  • ½ cup unsalted butter, at room temperature

  • ½ cup white sugar

  • cup honey

  • cup light brown sugar

  • 1 ¾ teaspoons salt, or to taste

  • ¾ teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg, or to taste

  • 3 large eggs, lightly beaten

  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract

  • 3 cups warm milk

  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter, softened


  • 1 cup light brown sugar

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour

  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • ½ teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg

  • ¼ teaspoon salt

  • ½ cup cold unsalted butter

  • 1 cup pecans, chopped


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Place potatoes on a foil- or parchment-lined baking sheet.

  2. Bake in the preheated oven until very tender, 1 to 1 1/2 hours. Remove from the oven and allow to cool briefly, about 5 minutes. Peel.

  3. Transfer peeled sweet potatoes into a large bowl of an electric mixer fitted with beaters or a whisk attachment. Mix on low speed to begin mashing them. Add 1/2 cup butter and mix until absorbed. Add white sugar, honey, brown sugar, 1 3/4 teaspoon salt, and 3/4 teaspoon nutmeg; mix until thoroughly blended. Add eggs and vanilla and beat on medium speed for 2 minutes.

  4. Reduce mixer speed to low and slowly add the heated milk. Taste and adjust salt and nutmeg if needed.

  5. Grease a 9x13x2-inch baking dish with 1 tablespoon softened butter and pour potato mixture into it.

  6. Pour brown sugar, flour, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt for topping into a mixing bowl and mix well. Use your fingers to work the chilled butter into the mixture until it resembles oatmeal with some pea-sized pieces of butter in it. Stir in the pecan pieces and mix well. Sprinkle the mixture evenly over the top of the sweet potatoes.

  7. Bake in the preheated oven until topping is golden brown and crisp and sweet potatoes are set, but still slightly loose in the center, 30 to 45 minutes.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

531 Calories
23g Fat
78g Carbs
8g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 14
Calories 531
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 23g 29%
Saturated Fat 11g 53%
Cholesterol 81mg 27%
Sodium 466mg 20%
Total Carbohydrate 78g 28%
Dietary Fiber 6g 21%
Total Sugars 44g
Protein 8g
Vitamin C 4mg 21%
Calcium 147mg 11%
Iron 2mg 11%
Potassium 722mg 15%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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