The Sweet Potato Casserole that Ruined Thanksgiving

serves 4 to 6

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Butter one 4-quart baking dish.

5 pounds canned sweet potatoes (2-40 oz. cans)

Heat, drain and mash sweet potatoes.

2 cups white sugar

Combine with mashed sweet potatoes in the prepared baking dish.

4 eggs
2/3 cup milk
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2/3 cups melted butter
2/3 cups melted butter

Combine in a separate bowl. Sprinkle over the top of the sweet potato mixture.

2 cups packed brown sugar
2 cups chopped pecans
2/3 cup all-purpose flour

Bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for 35 minutes or until a knife inserted near the center comes out clean.

This recipe came from the old Parentsplace Current Debates board on, with the topic header “At a family dinner, are you obligated to make a regular recipe: AKA "That's NOT the way I make sweet potatoes!"” Alas, the link is no longer active. The story went that the poster had been ordered by her mother-in-law to “bring the sweet potatoes”, and had brought this casserole which was so well received that her inlaws went back for seconds and thirds. Her mother-in-law, whose sweet-potatoes were typically left uneaten, accused our heroine of “ruining Thanksgiving” by bringing the “wrong” kind of sweet-potatoes. The recipe has made it onto my Christmas Dinner table ever since, and the unanimous consensus of my guestsis that there is nothing “wrong” about it whatsoever.