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Amanda Hesser's Sweet Potato Casserole


Bake a homey, pecan-topped casserole with this recipe from "The Essential New York Times Cookbook," by Amanda Hesser. Also try: James Beard's Pureed Parsnips

  • Servings: 8

Source: The Martha Stewart Show, Episode 6036


For the Sweet Potatoes

  • 6 large sweet potatoes
  • 3 tablespoons packed light-brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons packed dark-brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs, beaten
  • 1/4 cup freshly squeezed orange juice
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon coarse salt

For the Topping

  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, slightly softened
  • 1/4 cup packed light-brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup packed dark-brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup chopped pecans


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

  2. Make the sweet potatoes: Place sweet potatoes on a baking sheet and roast until very tender, about 1 hour and 20 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool slightly. Reduce oven temperature to 350 degrees.

  3. When potatoes are cool enough to handle, cut in half, scoop flesh into a bowl and mash until smooth. You should have 4 to 5 cups of mashed sweet potato. Stir in brown sugars, eggs, orange juice, butter, vanilla, and salt; transfer to an 8-inch square baking dish.

  4. Make the topping: In a small bowl, mix together butter, brown sugar, and pecans. Sprinkle over sweet potato mixture. Transfer to oven and bake until nuts are toasted and casserole has puffed, about 30 minutes. Serve.

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  • martabell227ya
    25 NOV, 2015
    This is my ultimate favorite Thanksgiving recipe. Even my mother-in-law who hates anything with sweet potato always puts a heaping spoonful on her plate and believe me, that says something! The only thing I do different is halve the topping as, imo, it makes way too much.
  • DaynaP
    4 DEC, 2011
    I made this for my Bible Study brunch. It was wonderful! I made it the night before and heated it up again before the brunch. I doubled the recipe. The sweet potato used was very sweet, so I cut back on the brown sugar. This recipe will replace my old candied yam recipe for holiday meals.
  • miki779
    23 DEC, 2010
    I made this recipe for Thanksgiving this year and my family loved it! It was almost like eating sweet potato pie. I will continue making this recipe from now on.
  • cheryl14232
    18 NOV, 2010
    We have made this recipe for years since I switched over from the marshmallow-topped recipe. Everyone loves it and always requests it no matter which household we have Thanksgiving!