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Southern Living Sweet Potato Casserole

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This delicious sweet potato casserole impresses everyone. It's creamy but not too rich, it's sweet but not too heavy. The candied pecan topping adds the extra crunchiness and nuttiness, a great side dish to share on your Thanksgiving table.

. Prep
20 min.
50 min.
Ready In
126 min.
10 servings
Trans-fat Free, High Fiber
Metric measurements


Sweet potato casserole:
2 1/2pounds sweet potatoes, or yams peeled and cut into 2-inch
2large eggsVideo
1tablespoon canola oilVideo
1tablespoon honeyVideo
1/2cup milk, low-fatVideo
2teaspoons orange zest freshly grated
1teaspoon vanilla extractVideo
1/2teaspoon salt
1/2cup whole wheat flour
1/3cup brown sugarVideo packed*
4teaspoons orange juice, concentrated
1tablespoon canola oilVideo
1tablespoon butterVideo melted
1/2cup pecans chopped
* not incl. in nutrient facts


Place sweet potatoes in a large saucepan and cover with water.

Bring to a boil.

Cover and cook over medium heat until tender, 10 to 15 minutes.

Drain well and return to the pan. Mash with a potato masher.

Measure out 3 cups. (Reserve any extra for another use.)

Preheat oven to 350°F.

Coat an 8-inch-square (or similar 2-quart) baking dish with cooking spray.

Whisk eggs, oil and honey in a medium bowl.

Stir into mashed sweet potato and mix well.

Stir in milk, orange zest, vanilla and salt.

Spread the mixture in the prepared baking dish.

For the topping:

Combine together flour, brown sugar, orange juice concentrate, oil and butter in a small bowl.

Blend with a fork or your fingertips until crumbly. Stir in pecans.

Sprinkle over the casserole.

Bake the casserole until heated through and the top is lightly browned, 35 to 45 minutes.

Cool a few minutes and serve warm.

First published: last updated: 2014-12-16

5 stars - based on 4 ratings, best: 5, worst: 0, reviews: 1


Reviewed: about 4 years ago

Five stars for sure. Actually it was my first time to make a sweet potato casserole, and it was one of the most popular recipes at Thanksgiving day. I cut the recipe into the half, otherwise followed the recipe exactly, and the casserole turned out absolutely delicious. It was light, citrus and not too sweet. Definitely will make it again!


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I was SO in a pinch of what I could make for this pot-luck I am going to tomorrow without spending money! I am SO glad I remembered this recipe!!! I just got a BUNCH of sweet potatoes for cheap, so... Thank you SO much for this recipe!!!

San Leandro, United States almost 4 years ago

I am going to adapt it to be Gluten-Free and Vegan! :) I'll let you know how it turns out!

San Leandro, United States almost 4 years ago

We actually made this recipe before Thanksgiving last year, and it came out delicious, it is a lower-fat and calorie recipe than normal sweet potato casserole recipes as well, hopefully people in potluck enjoyed your effort :)

Key Largo, United States almost 4 years ago
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Nutrition Facts

Serving Size 157g (5.5 oz)
Amount per Serving
Calories 22236% of calories from fat
 % Daily Value *
Total Fat 9g 14%
Saturated Fat 2g 8%
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 46mg 15%
Sodium 187mg 8%
Total Carbohydrate 11g 11%
Dietary Fiber 5g 20%
Sugars g
Protein 11g
Vitamin A 439% Vitamin C 44%
Calcium 7% Iron 8%
* based on a 2,000 calorie diet How is this calculated?