Super Easy Sweet Potato Casserole with Pecan Crumble

Super Easy Sweet Potato Casserole with Pecan Crumble - a holiday favorite that takes less than 10 minutes to prep. |

I think you’re going to liiiike this.

One of my most happy/repeat Thanksgiving memories year after year involves me stuffing my face with this very sweet potato casserole topped with a buttery brown sugar pecan crumble. May I repeat: buttery brown sugar pecan crumble.

It’s like a little bit of sweet decadence right on your regular T-day plate, nestled in there with mashed potatoes, turkey, gravy, brussels sprout salad, and corn pudding. IT’S SO GOOD that you’ll go have to back for sweet potato casserole seconds, which would be pre-dessert dessert and is definitely allowed on this day of the year.

Or you could just serve it for regular dessert, but – but – but – but mom made pumpkin dessert bars! All the food.

Super Easy Sweet Potato Casserole with Pecan Crumble. More specifically, Buttery Brown Sugar Pecan Crumble. sooo good. |

A couple of thingy-things to know:

  1. This recipe comes from my lovely M-O-M (love you Mom!), which came originally from her friend Adie, who is famous in our small Minnesota hometown for her family’s tree farm. Yes, tree farm as in, fields of CHRISTMAS trees, hayrides and snow and free pine smells for everyone, an ornament shop with free cider, cocoa, and cookies… I’m getting happy chills right this very minute. Thanks to Mom and Adie for bringing this joy onto our Thanksgiving table.
  2. My mom always made this with canned sweet potatoes. Because such a thing does in fact exist and, for this recipe, tastes better than regular sweet potatoes. I JUST SAID THAT. Maybe I’m biased because this is what is nostalgic to my tastebuds. Buuuut I don’t think so. For this post I tried it both ways, I pinkie promise, it was far better with canned. I know I know! But the texture, the taste, everything. This coming from a major sweet potato lover. It’s shocking but very okay, which leads me to #3.
  3. You’ll make this in 8 minutes or less. Then you’ll put it in the fridge and pull it out in the midst of the people-frenzy on Thanksgiving day and guess what, friends? Sweet potato casserole. PECAN CRUMBLE. In your oven. Baking up like something magical and making you the star.

Super Easy Sweet Potato Casserole with Pecan Crumble - a holiday favorite that takes less than 10 minutes to prep. |

This is my last Thanksgiving recipe post this year because a) enough already, b) I have creamy soup and crusty bread on the mind, c) I am moooo-ving and I’ll be lucky to get a piece of peanut butter toast on the blog next week, or d) all of that together.

Answer: d.

Go get your pecan crumbling on.

Super Easy Sweet Potato Casserole with Pecan Crumble - a holiday favorite that takes less than 10 minutes to prep. |

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Super Easy Sweet Potato Casserole with Pecan Crumble
Serves: 8 as a side
For the sweet potatoes
  • 3 cups (1 29-ounce can) sweet potatoes, drained
  • ½ cup melted butter
  • ⅓ cup milk
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 beaten eggs
  • salt to taste
For the topping
  • 5 tablespoons melted butter
  • ⅔ cup brown sugar
  • ⅔ cup flour
  • 1 cup pecan pieces
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Mash the sweet potatoes and add the melted butter, milk, sugar, vanilla, beaten eggs, and a pinch of salt. Stir until incorporated. Pour into a shallow baking dish or a cast iron skillet.
  2. Combine the butter, brown sugar, flour, and pecan pieces in a small bowl, using your fingers to create moist crumbs. Sprinkle generously over the casserole. Bake for 25-35 minutes, until the edges pull away from the sides of the pan and the top is golden brown. Let stand for the mixture to cool and solidify a little bit before serving.

I’m going to try to share some house pictures tomorrow! Probably mostly to avoid lifting more boxes. Housey people, I’ll see you then.

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  1. Lindsay, you had me at sweet potato. I am addicted to orange vegetables and fruit. Pinning it to try later. Thank you.

  2. I want to face plant into that crumble. Easy recipes for the win! Good luck with moving!

  3. Definitely need this in my life. That crumble is awesome!

  4. I think my mom uses this same recipe! LOL! Obviously, the measurements are a little (Like just a tad!) different, but some idea! Love it!

  5. That looks so amazing! I use canned pumpkin all the time, so I’m not freaked out by the idea of canned sweet potato. It must make things WAY easier, and is probably smoother! Good luck with your move! Moving is kind of the worst, but setting up the new place will be fun. Do you have a great window for food photos? Can’t wait to see the pics!

    • Haven’t tried any of the windows yet but I’m just happy to have TWO in the kitchen after having none for so long! They’re small but they’re windows!! :)

  6. What a lovely and easy recipe!

  7. You just took me to my happy place! My mom’s sweet potatoes are my favorite Thanksgiving side (if you threatened to take away my pie and forced me to choose just one that is), but now I want to add this recipe to the mix as well. I mean, pecan crumble? Oh yes.

  8. What a great side dish. It looks great served right out of the pan too

  9. I literally just texted my Mom asking if I can be in charge of the sweet potatoes- we have to claim things we want to cook ahead of time for Thanksgiving in our family- and she said yes :) Crumbly, yummy goodness here I come!

  10. Ho-lee crap. I’m not normally a fan of overly sweet casseroles at Thanksgiving (ugh, with the mini marshmallows) but I could 100% get behind this dish. I night even bring myself to buy canned sweet potatoes! (this exists? really?) But that crumble topping…. that’s the nail in the coffin right there. Yes, please!

  11. I make something similar, but I have to try yours. You are right the sweet potato dishes are an awesome treat on your plate for thanksgiving

  12. Donna Valdez says:

    We have done something similar for close to 40 yrs. I really think the apple pie spice makes it yummy! Although sometimes difficult to find, you can substitute some cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, cardamom, etc. I also make a double batch of the topping because it is crazy good. We often bake the casserole the day(s) before, let it cool, and refrigerate. I usually pull it out of the oven a bit early just so it won’t burn the next day when I re-heat it. So, you re-heat it for a few minutes in the oven, then make the topping, sprinkle on top and toss it into the broiler. This frees up your oven for some of the other holiday dishes. Whichever MAGICAL recipe you make, you will LOVE it. I usually have half a bite of regular mashed potatoes on my fork with half a spoonful of the sweet potatoes. (Mouth watering ~ NOW!) Oh, and the leftovers (if there are any) can be heated in the microwave. DO IT! You will be the hit of the party even with people who normally don’t like (*gasp) sweet potatoes. I use a 13×9 dish…I like having more surface area for the topping!
    Sweet Potato “Soufflé”
    3 eggs
    2 ½ c. canned sweet potatoes, drained & mashed
    ½ stick butter
    1 1/2 c. sugar
    ¾ c. evaporated milk
    1/3 c. water
    1 t. apple pie spice
    1 t. vanilla extract
    Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
    Mix ingredients together until almost smooth. Bake 1 ½ hours or until inserted knife comes out clean. Broil 1 min. with topping (I double the topping recipe. This is a single recipe below):
    2 T. sugar
    2 T. flour
    1 t. apple pie spice
    ½ c. chopped nuts
    2 T. margarine or butter, softened

    • Hi Donna! That’s what we call it too but I changed the name here just for search purposes. I think in general people are more familiar with sweet potato casserole than souffle. The recipe looks really similar! I doubled the topping too as you can see in this recipe. :)

  13. Say what what whatttt?! I’ll take this dish and a spoon please and thank you!

  14. That looks absolutely amazing! I only love sweet potatoes around thanksgiving. I don’t know why. Next week I’ll be whipping up some sweet potato yumminess.

  15. Thanksgiving is the one time of year we don’t have to apologize for using ingredients that may otherwise be shameful (I still use canned green beans for green bean casserole, and I’m never going to stop!). I love that Thanksgiving evokes those traditions from all of us. I love love love this, I can’t even imagine how amazing it tastes if it’s as good as it looks! Heaven.

  16. Yum I can smell this through the computer, I swear!

  17. This is one of my favorite ways to make sweet potatoes….but we usually save it for special occasions. And I agree…you have it as part of the meal and then go back for seconds…and then thirds. Hmmm…how about the leftovers (rarely) for breakfast????

  18. I could eat this with a spade! Which means the quantitites would have to be quadrupled!

  19. Colleen Shelley says:

    I have been making this dish for the last 25 years. I never heard it referred to as a crumble ,as my recipe was called Sweet Potato Souffle. It is delicious! So glad others are finding out about it! I have to make two casserole dishes of it because guests always want some to take home and then I never have any leftover!!! Enjoy!

  20. My very favorite Thanksgiving dish is my mom’s candied sweet potatoes. Just something about the way mom’s make them, right? Or maybe it’s the sugar too. ;)

    I’d love to try your mom’s signature sweet potato casserole! And you definitely can’t beat 8 minutes.

  21. Anything with sweet potatoes is a win and anything with a buttery brown sugar crumble is a win so the two put together are a major win! The classic passed-around recipes are often the best! This looks so delicious!

  22. I love old family recipes – thanks for sharing your story behind this recipe, I could almost smell the pine trees! What an awesome experience that must have been at Christmastime!

  23. I love that you made this in a cast iron skillet!! Great idea. I finally purchased one a few months ago and am still experimenting with it. Can’t wait to make this. Have a great weekend!

  24. This looks really good, thanks for sharing your mum’s recipe! One question though, is the 3 cup measurement for the already mashed potato or for the potato pieces before they are mashed? We don’t have canned sweet potato in Greece so I’ll be making it from scratch. Many thanks!

    • Good question. I think it would be three cups mashed, which was how I did it when I made them with non-canned sweet potatoes. The cans come in the perfect size, so I just know my mom always uses that same size which was why I didn’t specify that in the recipe. I’ll clarify that.

      • Man U fan says:

        I’m on my way to buy a cast iron pan and cans of sweet potato !!!!! It just looks so earthy and rustic oh and not to mention really yummi thanku …..

  25. Wow Lindsay, this looks amazing! I’m a huge fan of anything sweet on the diner table, especially when it’s a treasured family recipe. Those are always the best!

    By the way, I don’t think I can get my hands on canned sweet potatoes. You know, because of the whole living in Europe thing… Do you think I can still make this with homemade sweet potato mash? Maybe add something extra or drain the puree or something to make them taste like the canned stuff?


    • Yes, I would just bake them instead of boiling (which was how I did it when I tried using fresh). The boiled ones held too much moisture and they didn’t really fluff up, but I think baked potatoes with the flesh scooped out and mashed would be great.

  26. Every Thanksgiving dinner needs a pre-dessert dessert! Good luck with the move!

  27. What wonderful flavors! what a wonderful dish! so perfect for Thanksgiving. Best of luck with your move.
    Mary x

  28. Could I substitute cooked fresh sweet potatoes? The recipe sounds delicious.

    • Yes, I just found that they were quite a bit heavier than the canned version. I think roasting or baking them might work better than boiling, since boiling holds in so much moisure, although some people have said they used boiled and liked them… so I guess it’s a personal preference. :)

  29. Definitely want to use this for Thanksgiving. Reading the comment about making the night before…have you tried that with this recipe? Wondering if we just mixed up the everything except for the topping, and refrigerated overnight, then baked the next day? Any tips for making ahead would be appreciated!

  30. This has been a family favorite thanksgiving dish for years, passed down by my mom. I’ve never tried using canned sweet potatoes, always boiled and mashed. It would cut down on prep time though. Also, we use crushed corn flakes cereal instead of flour in the topping. Cinnamon pecan corn flakes work great too. Add topping for last 10-15 minutes of cooking time. Yum!

  31. I brought this dish to a “friends-giving” last night. People ranted and raved about it! Super easy to make, it came out delicious and looked like perfection!


  32. Would you happen to know the nutritional value for this recipe?

  33. Making this for Thanksgiving and can’t wait! Love all things sweet!

    Congrats on the new house :)

  34. This looks so delicious! I just finished the last slice of sweet potato casserole in my fridge and I totally understand your love for the pecan crumble! It’s to die for!

  35. I hope this isn’t a silly question, but did you drain the canned sweet potatoes?

  36. Thank you for this amazing recipe
    My table was laden with goodies and this recipe was undoubtedly the star
    I ran out of Vanilla Extract on the morning so I used Peach Schnapps instead
    I also after everything was done – left the skillet in the warm oven which caramelized and crisped up the top

  37. This was the new favorite of our Thanksgiving table. Thanks for the great recipe from the other end of the state-Bemidji!

  38. YES. YES. YES.

    I loved it. Husband LOVED it. Dog tried so hard to get a taste, I know he would have loved it too!

    I only used about a third of the sugar the recipe called for with the potatoes, perfectly sweet for us.

    Thank you, this’ll be on out Thanksgiving table for years and years to cone :)

  39. Also, I seem to have lost the ability to spell. Sorry.

  40. I made this today for my family, and we all thought it was totally delicious. In the past we’ve made the casserole with the marshmallows on top, but this is so much better. I used brown sugar in the potatoes as well, and the flavor was wonderful. Definitely a new Thanksgiving staple! Thank you so much for sharing the recipe! :)

  41. I always make a turkey just for my little family (gotta have those leftovers!) and I made your sweet potato casserole as one of our sides. We all loved it! I made a similar recipe a couple of years ago and it was just WAAAY too sweet for us. I kept that in mind when making this so I only added 3T of sugar to the sweet potatoes (I think 1/4 cup would have been fine too), which we found to be perfect. I’m sure that’s just a taste preference thing, but with the sweet potatoes, the added sugar, AND the sweet topping, 3T-1/4 cup of sugar in the potatoes is definitely plenty for us! But other than that, I followed the recipe as written and it really was great! The crumble topping was perfect and I trusted you on the canned sweet potatoes even though I was skeptical (I’ve never eaten the canned variety that I know of), but you were right! Not only did the canned potatoes taste great in this dish, but it made it SO simple to make! I will definitely be making this recipe again! Thanks for sharing!

  42. I made this for my family for Thanksgiving and it was a HUGE hit! I was told I have to make it every Thanksgiving from now on as it replaces my mom’s recipe (she loved this!). I am still anxious for the day you have a recipe book to purchase will ALL your recipes! I will be first in line to purchase it :)
    Congrats on your new house – and keep up the good work with all the yummy yummy recipes!!!

  43. Do you use salted or unsalted butter?

  44. Just made this recipe, it’s so easy and delicious!! Thanks for sharing it!

  45. made this for thanksgiving and my family LOVED it. they said i’m required to make it for christmas and every holiday in the future, forever, amen. :)

  46. Keondra M. says:

    This was fantastic!!! Definitely a hit in my house, and the cast iron skillet just makes it sooo much better. My in-laws are gonna love it!!!! :)

  47. Hey guys.. I’m a jamaican so this is not a traditional meal of ours and we dont celebrate thanksgiving but i made this dish today and i used peanuts instead of pecans and my my… it was delicious …. no man it too good

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