Penny's Sweet Potato Casserole

Penny's Sweet Potato Casserole Recipe

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Penny Burdge


After using the same sweet potato recipe for 30+ years, this Thanksgiving (2012) I decided to try something different. My usual recipe uses quartered small sweet potatoes,a spicy/slighty sweet sauce of brown sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg, butter and both lemons and orange juice.

I looked through all the sweet potato casserole recipes on this site (and - but I just couldn't find one that seemed to "fit" my family. Couldn't be too sweet and had to have a zing of citrus. So this is what I devised from multiple recipes. We loved it, especially the zip from the citrus zests.

★★★★★ 1 vote
1 Hr
35 Min


8 medium
sweet potatoes
1/4 c
dark brown sugar
2 large
eggs, slight beaten
1/4 c
evaporated milk or half and half
1/4 c
fresh orange juice
1 tsp
pure vanilla extract
6 Tbsp
very soft butter
1/4 tsp
freshly grated nutmeg
1/2 tsp
zest from a medium-large orange


1/4 c
all-purpose flour
4 Tbsp
very cold butter
6 Tbsp
dark brown sugar
1/2 c
chopped pecans
1/2 tsp
ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp
freshly grated nutmeg
zest from a medium large lemon

How to Make Penny's Sweet Potato Casserole


  • 1Clean and wrap the sweet potatoes in aluminum foil. Bake in a 350 degree oven until soft, about 40-45 minutes. Remove from oven, remove foil and allow to cool until they cool enough to handle, but are still warm. Remove the skins.
  • 2In a medium bowl, whisk together the eggs, milk, vanilla, orange juice.
  • 3Put the sweet potatoes in a large bowl and hand mash with the soft butter, spices and brown sugar. Blend in the egg mixture. Stir in the orange zest. Place the sweet potato mixture in a 9" x 13" buttered casserole.
  • 4Make the topping by cutting the butter into the flour in a small bowl until you have pea-sized pieces. add the spices and pecans. Stir in the lemon zest.
  • 5Sprinkle the topping evenly over the sweet potatoes and bake for about 30 minutes until the topping is browned and crunchy.
  • 6*Note - if you like very smooth potatoes, in step 3 you can use a hand mixer to whip up the sweet potato mixture. We tend to like more texture to our food, so I just hand mash.

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About Penny's Sweet Potato Casserole

Course/Dish: Potatoes
Main Ingredient: Potatoes
Regional Style: American