annelise’s sweet potatoes


Annelise, my partner, has been making this sweet potato casserole at Thanksgiving for years. It is adapted from a recipe that her mom used to make. Over the years we have worked on tweaking it to make the flavors a little bolder. The key step is roasting (not boiling) the potatoes. The process of roasting deepens the flavor of the potato and results in a richer, more flavorful dish! The pineapple adds sweetness and acidity and the pecans give the casserole a nice crunch. Everyone always loves this casserole!

Annelise’s Sweet Potatoes


  • 5 lbs yellow sweet potatoes
  • 1/4 cup shortening
  • 2 tablespoons margarine (Earth Balance)
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 14 oz crushed pineapple
  • 1/2 cup toasted pecan pieces (to taste)
  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
  2. Rinse potatoes and grease them lightly with shortening.
  3. Bake potatoes whole and unpeeled for 40 minutes in a 13 x 9 pan at 450 degrees.  They are done when soft all the way through.  Then lower oven heat to 350 degrees.
  4. Let potatoes cool until warm but easy to handle.  Pull skins off and plop the soft insides in a mixing bowl.  Their skins should easily come off with your fingers.
  5. Add margarine to the warm potatoes and stir to melt.
  6. Add brown sugar, vanilla and cinnamon and stir until thoroughly combined.  You may use a hand mixer to fluff them up.
  7. Add crushed pineapple and pecan pieces and stir to combine.
  8. Put potato mixture in an 8 x 8 baking pan. If making streusul topping, prepare (see below) and top with streusel.  Bake for 40 minutes at 350 degrees, until slightly browned.
  9. Enjoy!
Streusel (Optional):
  • 1 tablespoon margarine
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/3 cup toasted pecan halves or pieces
  1. Stir together all ingredients (margarine, brown sugar, cinnamon and toasted pecans), then squeeze them together with your hands until nuts are coated.
  2. Sprinkle on top of potato casserole. Bakes as instructed above.

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