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Sweet Potato Casserole

I got this recipe from a friend years ago, and I've used it a lot since! So many of my friends enjoyed it that I've sent the recipe all over the country. I make it primarily for Thanksgiving, or with dinner when I'm serving ham. —Eleanor Sherry, Highland Park, Illinois
  • Total Time
    Prep: 10 min. Bake: 25 min.
  • Makes
    8 servings


  • 2-1/4 to 2-1/2 pounds sweet potatoes, cooked, peeled and mashed (about 4 cups)
  • 1/3 cup butter, melted
  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1/2 cup 2% milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup chopped nuts
  • 1/2 cup sweetened shredded coconut
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons butter, melted


  • In a large bowl, combine the mashed potatoes, butter, eggs, milk, vanilla extract and sugar. Spread into a greased 1-1/2-qt. casserole.
  • For topping, combine all the ingredients and sprinkle over potatoes. Bake at 375° for 25 minutes or until a thermometer reads 160°.

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  • Gladys
    Nov 26, 2020

    This was my 1st time Sweet Potato casserole. So I followed the recipe carefully. The only thing I did differently was use canned sweet potatoes. It looked so good that my husband of 55 years even took a bite to try it. He has never eaten sweet potatoes in any form. His face lit up and he loved them. I loved them. Next year when we can all gather it will be on the menu!

  • Katy's mom
    Oct 22, 2020

    This reads like sweet potato pie without the crust--too sweet to be a side dish for my finicky family. If you use garnet yams/sweet potatoes and bake them for an hour, or until very soft, they will peel and mash easily. They will also be quite sweet naturally and you won't so much sugar.

    Dec 28, 2019

    I tried this and did not have coconut, which I think would be great. As I was getting ready to put in the oven I smelled bananas setting on the counter. Well guess what topped my dish. I sliced them and put a little brown sugar on top and put in the oven. I was in heaven. I will no longer have sweet potatoes without bananas.

  • Jinya11
    Nov 21, 2017

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  • Angel182009
    Dec 8, 2016

    This tasted just like the sweet potato casserole I grew up with. The only difference was a change to the topping. The coconut added a different flavor than what I was used to but it was a great change.

  • mrsoak
    Nov 22, 2016

    I never make turkey or ham without making this recipe. All of my family requests it. My husband eats it with the entree and he also eats a portion for dessert! Delicious with Walnuts, or pecans and with or without coconut. I sometimes do half pan coconut, half pan without coconut.

  • daberdo57
    Nov 26, 2015

    This was great! Only difference I did was add just a sprinkle of sea salt to the mashed sweet potatoes. Then to the topping added just a small touch of maple syrup. Then topped the topping with corn flake crumbs.

  • sabrina894
    Nov 23, 2015

    This is an easy, delicious recipe that I've been using for years - with the exception of coconut. It still tastes great without it.

  • StonedFox
    Dec 23, 2014

    Hi.What can I use in place of coconut?

  • momof2inpa
    Nov 2, 2014

    This has been a family holiday favorite for over 20 years. I leave out the coconut because not everyone in my family likes it. Otherwise it is delicious.