Southern Style Sweet Potato Casserole
by Beverly Hicks Burch
I’ve been making this recipe, or a version thereof, for about 30 years or so. I forget who I got it from originally, but I vaguely remember it might have been a friend of the family. When the sign up list goes out for family holiday dinners (or if Tall & Handsome and I are just preparing a meal for ourselves during the holidays) this dish is always requested…or even demanded 🙂
When I first received the recipe it was extremely rich…calorie laden and sugar laden. Over the years I’ve worked hard to lightened it up by reducing the amount of sugar, butter and by using low-fat milk in place of whole milk.
This dish is so yummy it could almost be a dessert. As a result, the kids just may gobble it up without knowing they are eating a vegetable that’s good for them. Sweet potatoes are one of the new "darling" veggies highly recommended for our diet. They are loaded with complex carbohydrates, protein, beta carotene, Vitamins A, C and B6. What a sweet way to add nutrition to your diet!
Bev’s Southern Style Sweet Potato Casserole
3 cups mashed stewed or canned sweet potatoes
1/4 cup butter, melted
2 eggs, beaten
1/4 cup low-fat milk
1/2 – 3/4 cup sugar (to your taste)
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
(1 cup coconut, optional) I’ve made this both way – mostly without
Mix the above ingredients well and pour into a baking dish and top with the following:
1/2 cup all purpose flour
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup chopped pecans
1/4 cup melted butter
Mix together the flour, sugar and pecans. Melt 1/4 cup (4 tablespoons) butter and pour over the mixture and combine until crumbly. (You may have to melt another tablespoon or two and add to the mixture to get the right consistency.)
Sprinkle this over the top of the sweet potatoes until the top is covered. (You may have some of the crumble mixture left over. I save it and keep it in to fridge and us it on muffins, etc.)
Bake at 350º for 30 minutes. (It is extremely easy to double this dish and I’ve even been known to make 1-1/2 times the recipe we great ease!)
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