This is a family favorite that has been passed down through my family for years. My mother made this for every Thanksgiving and Christmas dinner and after I got married, it soon became a tradition at my holiday meals, as well.
Now, this is my son-in-law's absolute favorite dish at Thanksgiving and Christmas. He doesn't really care what else we're having, "as long as we're having Sweet Potato Casserole"! (Even my son with a Gluten allergy and egg allergy loves this when I substitute egg replacer for the eggs and rice flour for the all-purpose flour!)
I always save mine for last on my dinner plate because this is pretty much like eating dessert! Hope your family enjoys as much as mine does!
3 cups sweet potatoes, mashed
3/4 - 1 cup sugar
2 eggs, beaten
1 teaspoon vanilla flavoring
1/2 cup butter or margarine, melted
1/2 cup milk
2/3 cup brown sugar
1/3 cup All-purpose flour
1/2 cup chopped pecans
1/2 cup melted margarine or butter
Drain sweet potatoes and pour into medium mixing bowl. Mash potatoes thoroughly with a fork or potato masher.
Add sugar and eggs to mashed potatoes.
Pour into desired size of butter greased baking dish or casserole dish. Set aside while you mix topping ingredients.
Bake at 350 degrees for approximately 30 minutes or until golden brown.
**Note: I double the amounts of topping ingredients if using a 13" x 9" x 2" baking dish because there is a bigger surface area to cover and you want to have enough of this delicious crunchy topping so that you get some in every bite.