Sweet Potato Casserole Recipe: The South’s Best

December 11, 2020
Southern Sweet Potato Casserole

Hey, y’all – Happy Day 11 of Blogmas! Blogmas is a series that I am bringing to the blog this year (and hopefully in subsequent years) that will provide y’all with a new recipe every day of December through Christmas. How fun is that? Today I’m excited to be sharing one of my signature dishes: my recipe for the south’s best sweet potato casserole.

My family loves this and I’m not so sure if I’d be invited to functions if I didn’t bring it!

Post originally uploaded December 2020, updated September 2021.

Southern Sweet Potato Casserole

The South’s Best Sweet Potato Casserole


Is this a dessert?

I’d say that this is up for debate – ha! Here in the south, sweet potato casserole is immensely sweet. This is largely due to the topping, which has brown sugar, flour, pecans, butter, and vanilla extract. That said, it’s most traditional to serve this as a side dish to a savory meat!

Are there any shortcuts?

Oh, yes – and I’m a big fan of them! I do not use fresh sweet potatoes in this recipe. I recommend using Bruce’s Canned Yams, as they accomplish the same flavor, are inexpensive, and ready to go. When preparing a large meal, don’t work yourself harder than you have to if quality is not compromised.

Southern Sweet Potato Casserole

Sweet Potato Casserole Recipe: The South’s Best

JC Phelps
This is, simply put, the best sweet potato casserole recipe that you'll find south of the Mason-Dixon. A family favorite!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 40 mins
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 12 servings
Calories 423 kcal



  • 1 c. brown sugar
  • 1/3 c. all-purpose flour
  • 1.25 c. pecans chopped
  • 2/3 stick of butter unsalted, melted
  • 1 tbsp. vanilla extract

Sweet Potato Base

  • 4 cups of sweet potatoes cooked and mashed (JC’s note: I prefer to use Bruce’s canned yams)
  • 1 c. sugar
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 2 eggs beaten
  • 1 tbsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 1/3 stick of butter unsalted, melted


  • Preheat oven to 375F.
  • Combine sweet potatoes (yams), sugar, beaten eggs, salt, vanilla extract, and melted butter; beat until well-incorporated, roughly 2-3 minutes.
  • Combine brown sugar, pecans, flour, butter, and vanilla extract until uniformly mixed. In a buttered baking dish, pour in sweet potato mixture and spread the topping evenly across the potatoes. Bake for 30 minutes, or until the sweet potatoes are hot and the topping is browned.
  • Serve warm!


Sodium: 182mgCalcium: 48mgVitamin C: 9mgVitamin A: 128IUSugar: 40gFiber: 5gPotassium: 557mgCholesterol: 27mgCalories: 423kcalTrans Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 10gPolyunsaturated Fat: 6gSaturated Fat: 2gFat: 19gProtein: 5gCarbohydrates: 62gIron: 1mg
Keyword casserole, sweet potato casserole, sweet potatoes
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This casserole is so good, y’all! Sinfully so!

Southern Sweet Potato Casserole

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My best,


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Southern Sweet Potato Casserole
  • Reply
    Leif Price
    December 21, 2020 at 3:42 am

    Yum! That looks like really the best sweet potato casserole. Can’t wait to give it a try.

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