Thanksgiving Favorites: Secret Family Recipe Revealed … Sweet Potato Casserole

By Bethany Hill,

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 item that comes to mind is the most delectable casserole dish I’ve ever had the pleasure of tasting, conjured by my extremely southern great-grandmother (aka great-grams).

If you’ve been appointed 2010 Thanksgiving chef by your family/friends, I challenge you to make my great-grams’ Sweet Potato Casserole this year – it will melt in your mouth and your guests will be delighted. It really is THAT good.

I’m the little one rocking the OshKosh B’ Gosh pink overalls. Great-grams is the lovely old lady standing in the back.

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 yes, two cups of sugar. But hey, don’t judge me…it’s Thanksgiving for crying out loud! I’m thankful that I can eat this once a year. I DO WHAT I WANT!

But seriously, for those of you trying not to let yourself completely go this Holiday Season, you might consider forcing yourself out of bed bright and early this Thanksgiving morning so you can burn off this casserole ahead of time by participating in Sacramento’s annual charity run, Run to Feed the Hungry. Your thighs and arteries will thank you!

The following recipe has been hidden within the confines of my family for almost a century. So yes, you should feel very special I’m sharing this with you. Hope you enjoy…

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

Ingredients (phase 1):
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

Directions (phase 1):
Mix all ingredients listed above and pour into a 9×13 casserole dish.

Ingredients (phase 2):
1 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup flour
1 cup chopped pecans
1/3 cup melted butter

Directions (phase 2):
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.

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8 Comments for “Thanksgiving Favorites: Secret Family Recipe Revealed … Sweet Potato Casserole”

  1. Thank you so much! I’ve had a recipe that was passed down too many times from several families, and now the one I have is so soupy it’s more like sweet potato gravy. So, I will be making this one this year. Thanks to you and Great-grams.

  2. Dianne

    I’m originally from Modesto, but now live in Tampa and you’re right. Everyone here and in the south makes the sweet potato casserole (with the delectable crunchy topping) part of their Thanksgiving menu. Another one I don’t remember eating in California (I was rather young when we moved) is green bean casserole. That one is outstanding also.

  3. Libby

    This is so much like the recipe my family has been using for years — the same one that I can’t find!!! Thank you for posting this, you’ve saved me!!!

  4. Bethany Hill

    I would just like to give props to my mother for making sure to document this recipe before we lost great-grams!!! Thanks mom 🙂

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