The Best Sweet Potato Casserole with Canned Yams

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The Best Sweet Potato Casserole with Canned Yams

Yes, THE BEST sweet potato casserole with CANNED YAMS. You read that right! If you don’t have the time to mess with fresh sweet potatoes, but still want your guests to think you did, this is the dish for you.

Sweet potato casserole is the dish my family has volunteered me to make every Thanksgiving and Christmas for at least the past 10 years. At my house, we even eat this delicious goodness right out of the fridge. Well, when there are leftovers we eat it that way. There are very seldom any leftovers.

My grandmother made this for years and it was one of my very favorite holiday dishes. I couldn’t wait to get to our family dinner and get this sweet potato casserole on my plate. When I married and began taking food to our family get-togethers, I took this dish off of my grandmother’s hands.

I’ve made tweaks over the years and learned some tricks to make this the best sweet potato casserole with canned yams I’ve ever eaten. and others can attest to that as well.

The Sweet Potatoes

I do my very best to get my sweet potatoes for this casserole early, before the store runs out of my choice of canned yams. I use Bruce’s Yams whenever possible when making any sweet potato casserole with canned yams. Whether it be this recipe I’m giving you or just sweet potatoes with marshmallows, if you’re short on time and need to use canned yams, you want to use good quality yams.

The Sweetness

The sugar is one ingredient that can be cut down if you don’t want your dish to be too sweet. Sweet potatoes are pretty sweet all on their own. Start adding sugar and they can get too sweet for your taste quickly.

If you think this could be an issue for your family, start with half the sugars and taste to see if you need more.

The Spices

Cinnamon and nutmeg are the major players in this sweet potato casserole with canned yams. These are also ingredients you can cut back on if you have an aversion to one or both of them. I wouldn’t leave them out, though. The combination of these two spices are what makes this the best sweet potato casserole you’ll ever eat.

The Best Sweet Potato Casserole with Canned Yams

Ingredients

  • 40 oz. Bruce's Yams
  • 1/4 c. white sugar
  • 1/4 c. brown sugar
  • 3/4 c. milk
  • 4 oz. real butter melted
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 tsp. nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp. cinnamon

Instructions

  • Cook your yams. (The other ingredients blend so much better if the sweet potatoes are hot.) Remove from heat. Drain off all the syrup. Move potatoes to a mixing bowl.
  • Mash potatoes with a mixer, you want the texture of these sweet potatoes to be as smooth as you can get them.
  • Add in sugar and spices, melted butter and milk. If you're cutting the sugar or the spice, you'll want to taste test before adding the eggs. Unless you like living dangerously. 🤨
  • Transfer to casserole dish and bake at 400 degrees for 25-30 minutes.

The Best Sweet Potato Casserole with Canned Yams Topping

  • You'll need: 3/4 c. crushed cornflakes,
    3/4 c. pecan pieces,
    4 oz. real butter, melted,
    1/4 c. brown sugar.
  • Mix cornflakes and pecan pieces together. 
  • Sprinkle the mixture evenly across the top of the casserole.
  • Combine melted butter and sugar, stir well. 
  • Drizzle across the top of the cornflake and pecan mixture.
  • Bake at 400 for approximately 10 minutes. Remove the casserole when the topping turns to a caramel-colored brown.




Notes

The Best Sweet Potato Casserole with Canned Yams Topping:
  • 3/4 c. crushed cornflakes
  • 3/4 c. pecan pieces
  • 4 oz. real butter, melted
  • 1/4 c. brown sugar
  1. Mix cornflakes and pecan pieces together. 
  2. Sprinkle the mixture evenly across the top of the casserole.
  3. Combine melted butter and sugar, stir well. 
  4. Drizzle across the top of the cornflake and pecan mixture.
  5. Bake at 400 for approximately 10 minutes. Remove the casserole when the topping turns to a caramel-colored brown.

This sweet potato casserole pairs well with turkey or ham. (It tastes great with chicken dressing casserole too!) The saltiness of the meat paired with the sweetness of the sweet potatoes speaks directly to my soul and heals all that is wrong with the world. Yes, that’s a bit dramatic, but this is the ultimate southern comfort food.

I hope your family enjoys this dish as much as mine and becomes a holiday favorite.

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