Sweet Potato Casserole

Sweet potato casserole is a Christmas favorite. When you grow your own sweet potatoes, it’s particularly fun. A fertile garden soil and ample moisture during the growing season ensures spectacular results. Sometimes you can manage to grow a sweet potato that is big enough to supply the entire casserole single-handedly! Seriously!


  • 2 pounds sweet potatoes
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 4 tablespoons melted butter
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup unbleached white flour
  • 4 tablespoons melted butter
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans or walnuts


  1. Peel sweet potatoes and cut into large chunks.
  2. Boil sweet potatoes until tender, about 20 minutes; allow to cool.
  3. Process the potato chunks in a food processor until smooth.
  4. Stir in sugar, salt, eggs, buttermilk, vanilla, and 4 tablespoons melted butter.
  5. Spoon mixture into lightly greased 2-quart baking dish.
  6. Combine ingredients for topping and sprinkle over sweet potato mixture.
  7. Bake at 350°F for 35 to 45 minutes.