Just call me Side Dish Serena. I have never made my mother madder than by repeating marshmallow and pecan streusel repetitively as I am making this. It is so fancy. I’m either making my pecan streusel. I am trying to get my pecan streusel right. I am checking my pecan streusel. Has anyone seen the marshmallows for my pecan streusel? Mommy, I need you to taste my marshmallow and pecan streusel.
Seriously, this thing is delicious. Growing up, we were all accustomed to Bruce’s candied yams. I love those canned candied yams, but sometimes you have to switch it up. A few years ago, I decided to try and make a sweet potato casserole. I searched high and low for a recipe and settled on this sweet potato casserole from Celebrating Sweets. When my mother tried it, she said I have to make it every year. My family shared in her sentiment.
I typically follow it step by step with one exception. I add wayyyyyy more brown sugar, cinnamon, and pumpkin pie spice to the mashed sweet potatoes. Most people in my family like their casserole diabetic coma sweet. I don’t go that far, but hers just isn’t sweet enough as it stands in the recipe. The key is to keep tasting the mashed sweet potatoes until it is the right sweetness and texture before adding the pecan streusel topping. Think sweet potato pie as you are whipping it up.