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Southern Sweet Potato Casserole with Brown Sugared Pecans

Ingredients

  • For sweet potato casserole:
  • 4 cups mashed cooked sweet potato about 4 1/2 lbs
  • ½ cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup half-and-half
  • 3 tablespoons butter melted
  • 2 teaspoons brandy extract
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon grated orange peel
  • ½ teaspoon ground ginger
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • For topping:
  • 1/3 cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 2 cups chopped pecans
  • ¼ cup butter melted
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon

Instructions

  1. Combine casserole ingredients; spoon into a lightly greased 11-×7-×1 ½-inch baking dish.

  2. Combine 1/3 cup brown sugar, chopped pecans, melted butter and cinnamon in a small bowl.
  3. Sprinkle over sweet potato mixture.
  4. Bake at 350º for 30 minutes or until thoroughly heated.

Recipe Notes

For make ahead

- Prepare as directed in recipe, leaving out pecan topping. Cover with foil and bake for about 20 minutes. Let cool. Place in refrigerator.
When ready to serve, remove from fridge about 45 minutes before serving, top with pecans and bake in a 375 oven for about 10-15 minutes, uncovered.