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Sweet Potato Casserole

on November 11, 2014

Ah, Thanksgiving is just around the corner. Despite what my friends think, because I do love my Christmas lights, I am a fan of Thanksgiving. Growing up we always had a very traditional Thanksgiving dinner with turkey, dressing, cranberry sauce and all the other good stuff.

For years Mom made mashed sweet potatoes with marshmallows covering the top. I loved how crunchy brown the marshmallows would get as the sweet potatoes cooked in the oven. It was quite possibly my favorite dish.

But then I had Thanksgiving dinner with my friend Jan and her family one year while living in Oregon. She served this amazing sweet potato casserole. For weeks after I craved that casserole.

When I first brought the recipe home and offered to make it for the family I was met with quite a bit of resistance. Until I served it.

Next holiday I was told I could come to dinner at my sister’s house only if I brought sweet potato casserole. And so it became a new tradition in the family. The funny thing was, that year I couldn’t find the piece of paper I wrote the recipe on and had to call my sister to have her give me my own recipe! Good thing I had shared it with her!

Today, I’d like to share that recipe with you all.

Sweet Potatoes

4 medium sweet potatoes (I use the yellow ones which I think may technically be yams, but yam casserole just doesn’t sound as good)

1/2 cup butter

1/2 cup corn syrup

2 eggs

1 tsp vanilla

1/2 cup sugar

Peel and boil the potatoes until soft enough to mash. Once the potatoes have cooled, mash them and then mix them with the softened butter, corn syrup, eggs and sugar. Spread the mixture in a large rectangular pan.


1/2 cup flour

1/2 cup brown sugar

1/3 cup butter, softened

Mix together and drop by spoonful on top of sweet potatoes.

Bake at 350 degrees about 30 minutes until the potatoes are hot and the crust is browned.


Unfortunately I don’t have a picture because they never last long enough to snap a pic, but I’ll leave you with this….




2 responses to “Sweet Potato Casserole

  1. Carole Brown says:

    Tammie, sounds good. I love crunchy tops! 🙂 I started making one that included pecans for the top crust, and it’s really good too. Happy Thanksgiving!

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