Sweet Potato Casserole with Pecan Praline Topping

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Sweet Potato Casserole with Pecan Praline Topping

This year, I have SO much to be thankful for.  Not only have you guys made The Southern Bite Cookbook a #1 bestseller on Amazon, but I’ve had the opportunity to appear on The Today, Show, Fox and Friends, and in numerous magazines and newspapers across the country.  I’ve been able to participate in books singing throughout the South where I was able to hug so many necks and meet so many of y’all.  And while all of this is absolutely amazing, it’s not anything I set out to do.  I never set out to write a book.  Heck, I never even thought of myself as much of a writer.   But, the Good Lord put a path in front of me so, with Him as my guide, I just headed right down that road – and boy has the adventure been amazing.  None of this would have ever been possible without the amazing support from y’all.  You helped make this happen.  To each and every one of you who spent your undoubtedly hard-earned money on something I wrote, I thank you immensely.  With a busy family with lots of expenses, I know how tough it is to set aside money for something that at times might seem frivolous.  And it’s certainly not about making money – trust me, folks don’t get rich writing books these days.  It’s about your support.  When I was offered the opportunity to write this book, I just couldn’t fathom how anybody would spend their money on something that I had written.  But y’all have proven me wrong.  I just hope that you can feel all the love that went into that book.  There is so much of my heart in soul in it and I’m just so grateful to y’all for putting a copy of it in your home and to the folks at Thomas Nelson for giving me the opportunity.

Yep, it’s been an amazing year… and I can’t thank y’all enough for it!

I’m so excited to be able to share this delicious recipe.  This one of those things that is an absolute must on our Thanksgiving table (or anytime of the year, really).  This is my mother’s recipe for Sweet Potato Casserole with Pecan Praline Topping.  She’s been making it just like this for as long as I can remember.  On occasion, she’ll even add some miniature marshmallows and put it under the broiler until they are golden and toasted.


This recipe is one of the exclusive recipes from The Southern Bite Cookbook.  Several of you mentioned trouble getting your hands on a signed copy from the site and I’m happy to say that we have more in stock now.  You can give that special cook on your Christmas list a signed copy – I’ll even be happy to personalize it!  See all the details here.

Sweet Potato Casserole with Pecan Praline Topping
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Serves: About 8 servings
  • 3 pounds medium sweet potatoes
  • 1½ cups sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs
  • 4 ounces evaporated milk
  • ¼ cup (1/2 stick) butter, softened
  • 1 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
  • ⅓ cup all-purpose flour
  • ⅓ cup butter, melted
  • ¾ cup coarsely chopped pecans
  1. Preheat the oven to 350°. Grease a 1½-quart baking dish.
  2. Peel and slice the potatoes, place them in a medium saucepan, and just cover them with water. Cook over medium heat for 15 to 20 minutes or until fork-tender.
  3. Drain the potatoes, and pour them into a large mixing bowl. Mash them well with a potato masher or a hand mixer. Add the sugar, vanilla, eggs, evaporated milk, and butter, and mix very well. Pour the mixture into the baking dish.
  4. Combine the brown sugar, flour, butter, and pecans in a medium bowl. Spoon the mixture over the potatoes. Bake 30 to 40 minutes.
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  1. Hi Stacey! Congratulations on all of your success with the cookbook! I hope to get one soon! This recipe is what Thanks giving Day is all about at our house! It just wouldn’t be Thanksgiving without it! Thanks for sharing the recipe! It’s exactly the way we make it! Blessings from Bama!

  2. Nobody is more deserving of this success than you. You are an incredible person. We are all blessed to have your blog and cookbook helping us in the kitchen. Thanks for all the sharing and hard work you give to bless our lives. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family. Oh…..I love your cookbook!!!!!

  3. Is it any wonder why we all love you so??

  4. Hi Stacey, just wanted to say congratulations on your success. Thank you for such wonderful down home recipes. Keep on trucking, you’re doing fantastic and you are a great inspiration. To God be the glory. Amen.

  5. You have been on quite the path the past year – congratulations Stacey & much more success in your future. Just stopped by to say hello & wish you and your family a very Happy Thanksgiving!

  6. It makes me so happy to see others recognizing the awesome creative person that I met (is it 20 years now) ago!

  7. When I first looked at this I thought I saw a layer of marshmallow under the pecans. I realized it wasn’t but wouldn’t that be extra good?! My mother used to put marshmallows on top of sweet potato pie and it was so good. Stacey you are my go to person when I am trying to find a recipe. Wishing you and yours a Happy Thanksgiving!

    • You are so sweet! YES! Once it is baked, you can add some miniature marshmallows and pop it under the broiler until golden brown. Just be sure to watch it carefully, those marshmallows go from golden to black quickly!

  8. HI Stacey! This recipe was fantastic! It was a very yummy addition to our Thanksgiving table, and tasted just as good the next day for leftovers! Speaking of Thanksgiving, I am so thankful you decided to publish your wonderful recipes to share. I love Southern cooking! Alas, the farthest ‘South’ I have ever lived, has been ‘South’ New Jersey, but I keep hoping and praying that someday, my hubby and daughters and I will have our own piece of paradise in Dixie…. that day can’t come fast enough for me! Thanks for a little Southern inspiration! Have a great week!

  9. Corinthia Johnson says:

    What is the topping on the sweet potato pudding dish that looks like marshmellos?

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