A waitress at the restaurant told me that some customers will order this for dessert, along with a side of ice cream. You’ll know why the moment you taste the sweet, caramel-like flavor topped with the perfect nutty crumble. Best of all, the prep is easy. Whether you whip this one up for the holidays or for just any ’ol day, I think you’ll find that this is the best sweet potato casserole in the biz.

1 pound sweet potatoes (2 small or 1 large)
6 tablespoons granulated sugar
1 large egg
1 egg white
⅓ cup unsalted butter, melted
1¼ teaspoons vanilla extract
¼ teaspoon plus ⅛ teaspoon salt
⅓ cup heavy cream

⅓ cup (packed) light brown sugar
¼ cup all-purpose flour
⅓ cup finely chopped pecans
Pinch of salt
2½ tablespoons unsalted butter, melted

Cooking method

1-Steam the sweet potatoes in a steamer basket over hot water in a covered saucepan for 1 hour or until the potatoes are tender. Slice the large potato in half if necessary to fit it into the pan.

2-Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

3-When the potatoes are cool enough to handle, remove the skin and mash them in a medium bowl.

4-Combine the mashed sweet potatoes with the sugar, egg, egg white, butter, vanilla, and salt in a blender, then puree until smooth. When the mixture is smooth, add the cream and blend just until thecream is mixed in. Don’t blend long once the cream is added or it may separate from the other ingredients.

5-Pour the sweet potato mixture into a medium casserole dish and bake for 50 minutes to 1 hour or until the top of the casserole begins to brown.

6-While the casserole cooks, prepare the topping by combining the brown sugar with the flour in a medium bowl. Add the pecans and salt and mix well with a spoon.

7-Drizzle the melted butter into the bowl and mix it in with a spoon until the mixture forms crumbs.

8-When the casserole comes out of the oven, raise the heat to 425 degrees F.

9-Spread the pecan crumble over the top of the sweet potato casserole. Return the casserole to the oven and bake it for 8 minutes or just until the top begins to brown.

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