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Sweet Potato Casserole

This is my grandmother's recipe for Sweet Potato Casserole, and it's perfect! I love the pecan, brown sugar, and coconut crumbly topping the best!

You guys. This recipe. I just can’t even…

This is my Grandma’s famous (to our family anyway) recipe, and it’s the reason I look forward to every family-gathering holiday from Thanksgiving to Christmas to Easter and anything in between!

The sweet potato filling is sweet and buttery. And the crumbly topping is just… omg SO GOOD! My grandma has made the topping all sorts of ways (one of my faves is when she makes it with Frosted Flakes), but this is the most-often used version that we put in the family cookbook. It’s brown sugary, buttery, and chock full of pecans and coconut!

Y’all. My Grandma is a coconut fiend, and she doesn’t mess around when she adds it to a recipe. The coconut in this topping means business, and it is SO awesome. It gives a tiny bit of chew to the topping, plus an amazing flavor! Although, I have to say that it doesn’t actually taste coconut-y. So for you crazies who don’t like coconut– don’t worry. You won’t even be able to tell that it’s there! It just makes the topping EXTRA amazing.

This is my grandmother's recipe for Sweet Potato Casserole, and it's perfect! I love the pecan, brown sugar, and coconut crumbly topping the best!

 

I could eat this stuff all day every day, and it’s the number one food I look forward to at the holidays! And the best part? You get to eat it on your dinner plate. ‘Cause technically it’s a vegetable…. so you get to eat this and dessert too. It’s brilliant.

Enjoy and happy holidays!!

Sweet Potato Casserole

The sweet potato filling is sweet and buttery. And the crumbly topping is just... omg SO GOOD! My grandma has made the topping all sorts of ways, but this is the most-often used version that we put in the family cookbook. It's brown sugary, buttery, and chock full of pecans and coconut!

Ingredients:

Sweet Potato Filling

4 cups mashed sweet potato (I peeled and boiled 4 medium-large sweet potatoes)

1 cup sugar

1/4 cup butter, cut into pieces

1/2 cup evaporated milk

2 eggs

1/2 teaspoon nutmeg

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

1 teaspoon vanilla

1 teaspoon butter extract

1/4 teaspoon salt

Topping

1 1/2 cup brown sugar

3/4 cup flour

1/2 cup butter, cut into pieces

3/4 cup sweetened shredded coconut

1/2 cup chopped pecans

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350ºF. Lightly grease a 9x13 baking dish.

Mix together the mashed sweet potatoes, butter, and evaporated milk. Add the eggs one at a time, mixing after each. Mix in the nutmeg, cinnamon, vanilla, butter extract, and salt.

Pour mixture into the prepared baking dish.

In a medium mixing bowl, mix together the brown sugar and flour. Cut in the butter using a pastry cutter (I usually switch to using my hands after a minute or two). The mixture will be crumbly (but also a little "powdery," which is okay).

Mix in the shredded coconut and pecans. Pour mixture over the sweet potatoes and spread evenly.

Bake for 35 minutes until the top is golden brown a bubbly around the edges.

Let cool for 10 minutes before serving warm. Store refrigerated in an airtight container for up to a week.

If you're a marshmallow lover, you can totally add those to this recipe! Just mix them in with the other topping ingredients.

Grandma Keaton

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Ashton Swank

Ashton is the owner and author of Something Swanky. Although first and foremost a wife and mother, she considers herself an online entrepreneur, freelance writer and photographer, and brand ambassador. Her focus is in food styling, food photography and recipe development.

6 comments on “Sweet Potato Casserole”

  1. I love that it’s your grandma’s recipe and there’s coconut involved! And the crumbly topping…this sounds like a sweet potato casserole to beat all!

  2. I’ve never had sweet potato casserole. Please pack this in your suitcase next month. :)

    • I don’t even know how to respond to this!! We usually make it for Christmas at the Swanks, so hopefully I’ll have some leftover than I can bring!

  3. This is one of my favorite foods. It is a dessert or eat alone dish also. My mom put crushed pineapple and coconut in the potatoes. I know the coconut topping would be wonderful. Can’t imagine why anyone would not love this. YUM!!!

  4. Yummy. I love sweet potato casserole. Any way I can get it!! Love the coconut in here, I bet it’s amazing. Must. Make. Soon.

  5. 1st of all, I’m a HUGE fan, & I tell Every1 that I talk with about food, I Always end up mentioning u. 
    But back to the real reason I’m commenting:  I was looking up ur Cheesecake Recipe for my Thanksgiving dinner when I saw this post! I went STR8 2 the grocery store (which is no small task with it being 20mins away & 2 small boys 2 take with me!) just 2 buy the Sweet Potatoes to bake this! I ususally don’t make sweet potatoes, My aunt always does the sweet potato casserole for our family meal 2gether, & she makes enough to send some home with every1! But this year, I just HAD 2 have this at my house for just us. Thanks so much!!! Much love & Happy Thanksgiving!!!! 

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