Pecan Topped Sweet Potatoes


Sweet PotatoesOver the next few days I am going to be sharing some of our favorite Thanksgiving menu items!

We’ll be spending the holiday with the four kids and about 40 of Jim’s family in Utah.  We volunteered to host dinner.  Fortunately my lovely niece Emily (love that girl!)  is letting me use her house and kitchen!  I also have some amazing sister in laws and mother in law who have volunteered to help!

Today’s recipe is one that was shared with me about 25 years ago by Jim’s Aunt Dawn.  When the boys were little we spent Thanksgiving with them one year and she served this side dish.  I love family recipes. Not only are they usually some of the best recipes but I love using them and thinking about the family member who shared it with me.  Several of my favorite recipes have come from Aunt Dawn and although we don’t see her or Uncle Glen often, I think of her each time I make one of  her recipes.

Not only is this recipe delicious but it is a great “make ahead” dish which helps cut down on the work and stress of the actual day.  Make it a day or two ahead of time and just keep it in your refrigerator.

Even if you think you don’t like sweet potatoes give it a try – what’s not to like about butter, brown sugar and pecans!?!?!

The recipe uses canned sweet potatoes – a large can and a small can.  The large can is 29 oz. and the small can 15.5 ounces.  After you drain them you can mash the sweet potatoes to your desired consistency.  Leave them lumpy if you like lumpy and smooth if you like smooth!

The addition of cinnamon, orange juice and brown sugar make for a nice sweet sweet potato!

After filling your 1 1/2 to 2 qt. dish arrange a pretty layer of pecans on the top.

And then some more brown sugar and butter on top – yum!

Then bake away.

The butter and sugar form a nice sweet, crunchy topping.


Pecan Topped Sweet Potatoes and Macy’s Giveaway
  • 1 large (29 oz.) and 1 small can (15.5 oz.) sweet potatoes, drained and mashed to desired consistency (they should already be peeled)
  • 2 eggs
  • ¼ C brown sugar
  • ¼ C butter, melted
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 C orange juice (I used reconsituted)
  • 1 C pecan halves
  • ½ C brown sugar
  • ¼ C melted butter
  1. Into mashed sweet potatoes beat in eggs, brown sugar, butter, salt and cinnamon.
  2. Add orange juice until mixture is moist and fluffy.
  3. Put in 1½ - 2 qt. baking dish.
  4. If making ahead you can refrigerate at this point.
  5. Before baking arrange pecan halves on top, sprinkle with brown sugar and drizzle butter over top. Bake uncovered in 375 oven for 20 minutes or until heated through.


Leigh Anne
Hi – I’m Leigh Anne! I have been a homebased mom for 30 years since my first baby boy was born! I love working with women and helping to inspire them to achieve their goals and dreams while still maintaining motherhood and family as their number one priority. I blog about everything I enjoy – creating treats and meals in my kitchen, spending time in my garden, entertaining and party planning, reading, self improvement and tips and ideas on style and fashion.
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  1. Erica T says

    I would love the covered casserole dish! I have never had one and would love it!

    I love this recipe! We do this one every year as well.

  2. Sandra says

    I would love the covered casserole dish. Earlier this year, my sweet little daughter accidentally dropped mine and it shattered into a million pieces! I have yet to replace it and a new one would come in quite handy this time of year.

  3. Kay says

    Just made your version this morning and had to sneak a bite before tomorrow. Oh my goodness! I love it! Not quite as sweet as my recipe but so much more flavorful. Love the orange juice and cinnamon in it! Happy Thanksgiving!

  4. Meghan says

    Would this recipe still work with butternut squash? My uncle makes the sweet potatoes every year and no one would mess with his recipe! :) Id like to bring something besides sweet potatoes, and this just looks too good to pass up!

  5. Naureen says

    My Lord, I just went through the recipe again and noticed that it says RIGHT UP TOP that it’s a good make ahead recipe. I’m sorry for the trouble!


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