Easy Recipe: Thanksgiving Southern Sweet Potato Casserole

Thanksgiving meals are not complete without this dish

Southern Sweet Potato Casserole

Christmas may have visions of sugarplums dancing ‘round your head, but it’s Thanksgiving that has you daydreaming of feasts: turkey, ham, stuffing, veggies, and those last, syrupy bites of pie. There’s one special dish that spans both ends of the turkey day table, an entree sweet enough to be considered dessert but savory enough for dinner; that magical fare is sweet potato casserole.

Long favored as the king of the root vegetables in other parts of the country, recently discovered health benefits have boosted the sweeter potato’s spotlight in California, as well. For a Californian twist on this classically Southern dish, FINE gives you our take on the Thanksgiving favorite.






  • 3 c baked sweet 
  • potatoes, mashed 
  • 1/2 c sugar 
  • 2 eggs 
  • 1/2 c milk 
  • 1/4 c butter, softened 
  • 1 tsp vanilla


  • 1/3 c flour 
  • 1/3 c butter, melted 
  • 1 c brown sugar 
  • 1 c pecans or walnuts

Preheat oven to 350°. After baking sweet potatoes (we suggest 350° for 60 min. or until tender), mash potatoes. Add sugar, eggs, milk,
butter and vanilla; beat with electric mixer until smooth. Set aside. In a separate bowl, combine topping ingredients and mix until nuts are
covered.. Pour sweet potato mixture into 9x13 baking dish, sprinkle with topping.

Bake at 350° for 30 minutes. Let cool 10 minutes before serving. Your guests will swoon for this sweet potato confection! 

And for an alternative to that gelatinous cranberry sauce in a can, try this easy, fresh recipe!

  • 3 c fresh cranberries 
  • rinsed 
  • 1/2 c sugar 
  • 1 c fresh orange juice

Simply add your ingredients to a food processor and whip up a sweet and delicious topper for your turkey! You can also add more sugar and o.j. depending on your preference for sweet or tart sauce. 

Happy Thanksgiving!