Sweet Potato Casserole made easy with canned sweet potatoes and a sweet praline pecan topping. So simple and fast to make, and no one will ever know the shortcut! No heating, boiling, chopping, and mashing needed.
EASY SWEET POTATO CASSEROLE RECIPE
I completely realize that some might frown on the idea of using canned sweet potatoes to make a sweet potato casserole. I get it, I do. But I will say that I think the secret to a ultra creamy and smooth sweet potato casserole, that is easy to make and still tastes homemade, is those canned sweet potatoes.
No more spending hours peeling, chopping, and boiling potatoes or heating up the kitchen to bake them in the oven. And I promise, that no one will ever guess the shortcut.
I have served this recipe and this buttery cracker sweet potato casserole for years, and I kid you not, every person that learns the shortcut is shocked.
INGREDIENTS FOR SWEET POTATO CASSEROLE
Canned Sweet Potatoes – These are also labeled as canned yams sometimes too. Same thing. You want 2 large cans (40 oz each). If you can’t find the larger can then get enough smaller cans to equal about 80 ounces. It’s ok if it’s not right at 80 ounces but try and be close within that range.
Butter – I always use salted butter for everything (don’t even buy unsalted butter). You can use whichever you prefer cooking with.
Whole Milk – The higher fat milk is better for a sweet potato casserole. But yes, feel free to substitute with milk of your choosing. I would stay away from fat free milk.
The praline topping is just a simple mixture of butter, flour, brown sugar, and chopped pecans. I prefer the pecans in very fine crumbs but feel free to leave the pecans larger if that’s what you prefer.
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Praline Sweet Potato Casserole
Sweet potato casserole with canned sweet potatoes and a sweet praline crumble topping. This takes just minutes to make thanks to the canned sweet potatoes and no one will ever have to know the delicious shortcut. No heating, boiling, chopping, and mashing sweet potatoes.
Sweet Potato Casserole
- 2 cans (40 oz each) sweet potatoes, drained well
- 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, melted
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 1/4 cup whole milk
- 2 large eggs
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 5 tablespoons butter, melted
- 3/4 cup finely chopped pecans
- 3/4 cup light brown sugar
- 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
Heat oven to 350 degrees. Prepare a 9x13 baking dish and spray with cooking spray.
In a bowl combine the drained sweet potatoes, melted butter, sugar, milk, eggs, and vanilla. Beat together with a handheld mixer (or bowl of a stand mixer) until combined, smooth, and creamy.
Evenly spread the sweet poato mixture into the prepare baking dish.
In a small bowl, combine all the praline crumble ingredients and mix together until moistened and it resembles wet, coarse sand. Sprinkle it evenly over the sweet potatoes.
Cook for 45-50 minutes. Depending on preference, you can loosely lay a piece of tin foil over the top of the casserole during the last 15 minutes of bake time to prevent over browning of the crumble.
I love the crunchy topping of this casserole but if it's getting too browned for your liking while baking, simply lay a piece of tin foil loosely over the casserole for the last 10 minutes or so of the bake time, to prevent it from over browning.
For the creamiest sweet potato casserole use a handheld blender or stand mixer to cream it all together. If you prefer it more chunky then a potato masher will do the trick.
This can be made ahead of time. Prepare the casserole as directed and instead of baking it, cover it with tin foil or plastic wrap and refrigerate it until ready to bake. If baking straight from the fridge, you may need to add an additional 5-10 minute to the cook time. Or just let it sit at room temperature for about 10-15 minute before baking it from the fridge.