Thanksgiving Sweet Potato Casserole (my secret family recipe)


Five years ago, I was a writer for All my content can still be viewed there, but I decided to pull from it to share my fabulous secret family Thanksgiving recipe with you all. You can view the original post here, or see below (I tweaked it slightly as my writing style has changed). I’ll be making this on Thursday FOR SURE and so should you!

In my family, Thanksgiving dinner isn’t necessarily all about the turkey.  I mean sure, I like turkey. But I certainly wouldn’t glamorize it to be the ultimate highlight of my dinner.

When I think about Thanksgiving’s menu, the first dish that comes to mind is my extremely southern great-grandmother (aka great-grams’) famous sweet potato casserole.

If you’ve taken on the responsibility of hosting Thanksgiving dinner, or if you’re like me and contributing by bringing some side dishes to your in-laws, I encourage you to make my great-grams’ Sweet Potato Casserole – it really will stand out. It’s converted people who claim to hate sweet potatoes! It’s seriously THAT good.

The one downside to this dish is the very “southern” ingredients that are used (yes, I’m talking about the massive amounts of butter and two cups of sugar) but I swear you won’t care after you taste it and you only eat this once a year, so it’s fine in my world.

The following recipe has been hidden within the confines of my family for almost a century. Hope you enjoy…

From the kitchen of my beloved great-grams: Sweet Potato Casserole (serves 6-8)

For the Filling:

3 cups mashed yams or sweet potatoes
1 cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup butter (sliced)
3/4 cup milk
2 eggs, beaten

Mix all ingredients listed above (Make sure the potatoes have cooled a bit so they don’t scramble the eggs) and pour into a 9×13 casserole dish.

For the Topping:

1 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup flour
1 cup chopped pecans
1/3 cup melted butter


Mix 1 cup of brown sugar, 1/2 cup of flour, 1 cup of chopped pecans and 1/3 cup of melted butter in a bowl.  Mix and sprinkle on top of the casserole. Bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes.


Sweet Great Grams is in the back. I’m the one in the super cool pink overalls 🙂

One thought on “Thanksgiving Sweet Potato Casserole (my secret family recipe)

  1. Pingback: Our Thanksgiving Menu | House of Mitchells

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