Frozen Assets

Sweet Potatoes with Pecan Streusel

This is so tasty, I always try to hide a little for breakfast the next day.  It’s so delicious, it would almost work as dessert.  🙂

Debi’s Sweet Potatoes with Pecan Streusel

Ingredients for Casserole:

  • 5 medium-to-large sweet potatoes
  • 1 cup brown sugar, firmly packed
  • 2 eggs, beaten well
  • 1 stick butter, melted (you can use margarine but it won’t be as yummy)
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract

Ingredients for Streusel Topping:

  • 1 cup brown sugar, firmly packed
  • 1/3 cup butter, softened
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup chopped pecans (or walnuts)


  1. Cook the sweet potatoes until soft.  You can either bake the sweet potatoes in the oven like baked potatoes, or you can peel them and steam them or boil them.  I usually steam them … it just seems to go faster that way.
  2. In a large bowl, mash well. Set aside.
  3. Heat oven to 350 degrees.
  4. Make streusel topping: Blend brown sugar, butter, flour, and chopped pecans together with a pastry blender or fork. Set aside.
  5. Mix mashed sweet potatoes with sugar, eggs, butter, and vanilla. Pour into a 9×9-inch lightly greased casserole dish. Sprinkle sweet potato mixture with the streusel topping.  Be generous.  I even sometimes poke deep holes with the end of a mixing spoon into the sweet potato mixture so the topping creeps into the sweet potatoes while they’re baking.  🙂
  6. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.  Let sit for a few minutes.
  7. Serve hot.

Note:  This casserole can be prepared in advance and frozen. After cooling completely, scoop the prepared sweet potatoes into a large freezer bag, but do not add the topping. Freeze the topping in a separate freezer bag.  When ready to bake, thaw completely, pour into the casserole dish, and let sit at room temperature for 30 minutes. Top with streusel and bake as directed.


Deborah Taylor-Hough is the mother of three grown and nearly grown kids still at home, a full-time college student, a displaced homemaker trying to make ends meet on a limited budget, and the author of several older (but still in print) books including the popular Frozen Assets cookbook series.  You can visit Debi online at:

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