10/16/12

Sweet Potato Praline Casserole

A classic Southern casserole recipe made with whipped sweet potatoes crowned with a pecan praline topping perfect for Thanksgiving or alongside your Christmas ham.

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Husband will not eat a sweet potato. Every time he sees me with some sweet potatoes he always asks in a pout, Are we having REAL potatoes too??

Husband is Canadian so I let this slide.

I’m one of those odd ducks who eats sweet potatoes like I eat my baked potatoes - with butter, salt and pepper. I actually don’t like them dressed sweet with brown sugar, cinnamon, etc.

But there is one exception. This casserole.

Sweet Potato Praline Casserole! A classic Southern casserole recipe made with whipped sweet potatoes crowned with a pecan praline topping perfect for Thanksgiving or alongside your Christmas ham.

This is one of my favorite side dishes EVER. Maybe it’s because I associate it with my favorite holidays (you know… the eating ones: Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas). 

Or maybe it’s that pecan topping. GREAT DAY IN THE MORNING that stuff is good! When I fix my plate, I try to get equal parts sweet potato soufflé and pecan praline topping.

And that’s OK because I cooked it and the cook can get away with that!

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  1. Southern-Style Baked Macaroni & Cheese
  2. Collard Greens
  3. Sweet Potato Praline Casserole
  4. Confetti Cornbread Salad
  5. Southern-Style Baked Beans
  6. Cornbread Dressing with Sausage
  7. Squash Casserole
  8. Southern-Style Green Beans & Potatoes
  9. Pineapple Casserole
  10. Southern-Style Coleslaw

Recipe for Sweet Potato Pecan Praline Casserole

A classic Southern casserole recipe made with whipped sweet potatoes crowned with a pecan praline topping perfect for Thanksgiving or alongside your Christmas ham.

NOTES ABOUT SWEET POTATO PECAN PRALINE CASSEROLE

  • Don't boil the sweet potatoes. I mean it! Baking them concentrates the delicious flavor whereas boiling them releases the flavor and makes them soggy.
  • Feel free to use less sugar. Natural sweetness of sweet potatoes varies a lot. Dark orange potaotes are sweeter then lighter, more yellow ones.
  • Brown sugar is awesome in this instead of white sugar too!
  • A dash of nutmeg or sprinkling of cinnamon are nice additions to the filling.

Sweet Potato Praline Casserole

Sweet Potato Praline Casserole
Yield: 10-12 Servings
Author: Mandy Rivers | South Your Mouth
Prep time: 10 MinCook time: 1 H & 30 MTotal time: 1 H & 40 M
A classic Southern casserole recipe made with whipped sweet potatoes crowned with a pecan praline topping perfect for Thanksgiving or alongside your Christmas ham.

Ingredients

Sweet Potatoes:
  • 4 lbs. sweet potatoes
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1/3 cup butter, melted
Praline Topping:
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • 1/3 cup butter, melted
  • Pinch of salt

Instructions

Sweet Potato Praline Casserole
  1. Pierce sweet potatoes a few times with a knife then bake at 400 degrees until tender (usually about an hour for large potatoes). Check tenderness by inserting a knife into the thickest potato – knife should slide in easily with no resistance.
  2. Allow sweet potatoes to cool to room temperature then remove the skins. Add sweet potatoes, sugar, vanilla, salt, eggs and butter to a medium bowl or stand mixer.
  3. Mix on medium speed with an electric mixer until smooth and well combined. Spread sweet potato mixture evenly into a 2-quart casserole dish then top with Praline Topping.
  4. Bake at 350 degrees for 30-35 minutes.
Praline Topping:
  1. Combine all ingredients in a small bowl then mix with a fork until combined (mixture will be crumbly).

Notes

  • Don't boil the sweet potatoes. I mean it! Baking them concentrates the delicious flavor whereas boiling them releases the flavor and makes them soggy.
  • Feel free to use less sugar. Natural sweetness of sweet potatoes varies a lot. Dark orange potaotes are sweeter then lighter, more yellow ones.
  • Brown sugar is awesome in this instead of white sugar too!
  • A dash of nutmeg or sprinkling of cinnamon are nice additions to the filling.
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32 comments:

  1. Mandy these sound incredible. I think I'm going to try these this year for Thanksgiving! Thank you for sharing. :)

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  2. This sounds like my grandmother's recipe! Since I will be cooking Thanksgiving dinner this year - I'm thrilled to have it in my hot lil hands!!!! Thanks! ~D

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    1. I hope it lives up to your grandmother's recipe!

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  3. Can't wait to try it. My husband & oldest son love it. Thanks for sharing your wonderful recipes.

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  4. Very, very similar to mine and oh so good! Yummmy stuff indeed :-)

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  5. Thank you so much for emphasizing not to boil sweet potatoes ~ ever!!! Baking brings out the natural sugars ~ ahhh all that sweet sugarness! yum!

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  6. This is very similar to my sweet potato casserole. It's delish I add a little nutmeg and cinnamon to my sweet potatos while mixin em up though..... Soooooooooo good

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  7. Paula Morgan3/29/13, 3:22 AM

    Honestly, I don't care what time of year it is...I adore my sweet potatoes!! This sounds absolutely divine for anytime of the year!! Where I live, we do MANY Pot-Luck Dinner get-togethers, so dishes like this come in handy year-round!! I am always on the search for "something different", something "unique", something "nobody else will bring"!! Thank you for another "something" idea for me!!

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  8. do u have anything that per tains to using dried cranberrie for the holidays i love them.. thanks mary w.

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  9. I make this for my Honey. He loves it. However, I replace the sugar with bagged splenda to help cut the sugar amount down since he's borderline diabetic. I have been thinking seriously about pouring this in a pie shell and turning it into a pie. I think it's sweet enough to pass.

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  10. Can Splenda (brown and white) be substituted for this recipe as I can't have any sugar?

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    1. For the filling, yes. For the topping, no.

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  11. Sweet potato praline casserole will be on my table this year. I really enjoy your recipes and even had to beg forgiveness from the Lord because I had thrown away my bacon fat! Now I'm well stocked, thank you very much!

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  12. What is the yield for this recipe?

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  13. Making for my boyfriends families Thanksgiving this year...Hope it's a great success :)

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  14. Can you make this a day ahead and reheat it right before serving?

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    1. Absolutely! I prep a lot of my casseroles the day before and then cook them while the turkey is resting. If you cook it all the way through the day before, cover with aluminum foil to reheat to prevent it from drying out or the pecans browning too much.

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    2. Thanks Mandy! That's what we'll do. Looks delish - can't wait to eat it! And Happy Thanksgiving!

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    3. Thank you for this recipe Mandy! It was a HUGE hit with all of our guests yesterday and earned a permanent place on our Thanksgiving menu. Hope you had a wonderful and delicious day too!

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  15. how many will this serve?

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  16. I agree with you about enjoying them savory. This recipe looks quite delicious and I will be giving it a go! Thanks for posting the recipe!

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  17. I'm wanting to do this recipe for thanksgiving this year. I was wondering your thoughts if it would be good to add some sour cream or cream cheese to it to make it a little creamy, or would that ruin it? LOL If so, how much?

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  18. I made this today for Thanksgiving Dinner and it was a huge hit with everyone.

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  19. Yep, did this last year loved it. I just have one little problem. Lol my grown grandkids are allergic to nuts (bless their hearts) soo I put pecans on half of it. Did fine. I now have a gluten intolerant grandson in law GOOD Grief!!

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  20. Loved this. I have never been a sweet potato fan, made this for family member who loves sweet potatoes. We all loved it.

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  21. I made this for our Thanksgiving dinner, and it was absolutely excellent!

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  22. I use your recipe every year and its a hit!

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  23. I’m can’t wait to make this for our Thanksgiving dinner! Just wondering if I can freeze it since we will be out of town right before Thanksgiving?
    Thank you!

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    1. I haven't before but I would think this would freeze great!

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  24. Courtney Andrus11/23/22, 2:42 AM

    I have used this recipe for YEARS and it’s always a hit! Thank you ❤️

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Hi there! While I’m not able to respond to every comment, I try hard to answer any questions that haven’t been addressed in the post, recipe or in other comments.

I can tell you now 1) I have no idea if you can substitute Minute Rice or brown rice in my recipes because I’ve never used them and 2) If I know how to convert a recipe to a Crock Pot version, I will make a note about it (otherwise, I don’t know).

And though I may not respond to them all, I do read each and every comment and I LOVE to hear from you guys! Thanks, y’all! - Mandy