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Sweet Potato Casserole Recipe with Canned Yams

Copycat Ruth Chris sweet potato casserole recipe with canned yams and pecan topping is here! Best mashed yams side dish for Thanksgiving. Easy and quick to bake in the oven to serve with your turkey or ham.

Sweet Potato Casserole Recipe with Canned Yams

Yes you could make a batch of our Instant Pot Sweet Mashed Potatoes from scratch and then proceed from there. That takes quite a bit of prep and time, so canned yam casserole was created as an alternative. Just 5 ingredients is necessary, then you add the pecan topping. (affiliate links present)

Easy Sweet Potato Casserole with Canned Yams

Let’s start with the question everyone has; are yams and sweet potatoes the same thing? Yes they taste very similar and when canned you almost can’t tell the difference. The terms are used to often times describe the same thing but…. To be more specific though…..

Yams and sweet potatoes are two distinct root vegetables with differences in taste, texture, appearance, and nutritional content. The confusion between the two arises because in some regions, especially in the United States, the terms are used interchangeably due to historical reasons. You can see here on the can that they say both. 😉

Ruth Chris Sweet Potato Casserole Recipe

Ruth Chris Sweet Potato Casserole Recipe

You may have had this popular dish at this restaurant during the holidays, or choose to have some even in February! That is what we love about this steak house, you can bring Fall to your mouth any time of year really. It’s nice to have copycat recipes on hand though because, well it is cheaper to make it on your own.

  • 1 can yams 40 oz.
  • 1/3 c butter
  • Sugar
  • 1/4 c milk
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • Candied pecan topping
  • 1 c pecans
  • 3/4 c brown sugar packed
  • All purpose flour
  • Butter unsalted, melted

Now if you did cook Sweet Potato Cubes Oven for the holidays you could use the leftovers to make this if you had enough. Just use a potato masher to get the right smooth consistency and go from there. Step by step is below. In that case you would just need to add a bit of liquid since you wouldn’t have the syrup in the can available to you.

Sweet Potato Casserole with Canned Sweet Potatoes

Sweet Potato Casserole with Canned Yams and Pecan Topping

This is baked in the oven inside a prepared baking dish until golden brown on top. You could use the pot in pot technique to make Instant Pot Sweet Potato Casserole with this recipe too. You’d have to cook it in a few batches that way or cut in half. The top would still need be be browned in the oven though in that case.

  • Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  • Prepare a 8×8″ baking dish by greasing with butter. In a medium saucepan, bring canned sweet potatoes and their liquid to a boil.
  • Reduce heat and simmer until sweet potatoes are tender.
  • Drain and mash sweet potatoes in a bowl. Then add the white sugar, butter, milk, eggs, and vanilla extract. Mix well.
  • Spread sweet potato mixture in the prepared baking dish. In a separate bowl, combine chopped pecans, brown sugar, all-purpose flour, and melted butter. Mix well.
  • Sprinkle pecan mixture over sweet potato mixture.
  • Bake for 45 minutes, or until the topping is golden brown. Let cool for 15 minutes before serving so it thickens up.

If you wanted to sprinkle some mini marshmallows on to the top you could but I’d do that the last 5-10 minutes so they don’t burn. Quick and easy, and saves well as leftovers too! If you wanted to make this for more guests you could definitely double it. The timing wouldn’t change a ton, just use a 9×13″ dish until golden brown.

Sweet Potato Casserole with Canned Yams and Pecan Topping

Sweet Potato Casserole with Canned Sweet Potatoes

What do you do if you have leftovers?? All holiday means save well if stored properly in the beginning. You always want food to cool to room temperature before you do anything else. Then transfer what is left into airtight containers, or cover with plastic wrap pressing down to tightly cover every inch so it doesn’t dry out.

Store in the fridge for up to 3 days. When you are ready to reheat, take it out and let it warm up a bit on the counter if possible. Up to 25 minutes is fine. Then I like using the microwave personally. On a plate covered with a paper towel just warm for about 45 seconds and enjoy once again! You can jump to recipe but here are a few add ins you can try too;

  1. Add a small handful of crushed and roasted hazelnuts to the top too.
  2. If you wanted to add a bit more sweetness and texture, some dried cranberries go a long way.
  3. You could mix and match with half yams and half pumpkin puree!
  4. Some like a sprinkle of raisins inside the filling or mixed in with the toppings.
Easy Sweet Potato Casserole with Canned Yams

Canned Sweet Potato Casserole

How do you fix a sweet potato casserole that is too sweet?

You can remove the brown sugar topping and/or marshmallows to cut the sweetness. To fix the insides you could mix in a bit of buttermilk to cut it down a bit. That will make it thinner, best bet is to add additional mashed yams to tone it down a bit.

What can I add to sweet potatoes?

1. A classic combination that enhances the natural sweetness of sweet potatoes.
2. These warm spices complement the sweetness of the potatoes and add a cozy flavor.
3. Drizzle with maple syrup or honey for a touch of sweetness and a rich glaze.
4. For a traditional holiday treat, top baked sweet potatoes with mini marshmallows and broil until toasted.
5. Chopped toasted nuts add crunch and a nutty flavor that pairs well with sweet potatoes.
6. Creamy Greek yogurt adds tanginess and a balanced contrast to the sweetness.
7. Crumbled feta or goat cheese adds a savory and tangy element to sweet potatoes.
8. Drizzle balsamic reduction over roasted sweet potatoes for a sweet and tangy twist.
9. Add some heat and a zesty kick with a sprinkle of chili powder and a squeeze of lime.
10. Dried cranberries or fresh pomegranate seeds provide bursts of tartness and color.
11. Toasted coconut flakes add tropical flavor and a pleasant crunch.
12. Fresh rosemary, thyme, or sage can provide an earthy contrast to the sweetness.
13. Sautéed caramelized onions lend depth and a savory note to them.
14. Crispy bacon or pancetta adds a salty and savory component that complements the sweetness.
15. A sprinkle of curry powder or garam masala can create a unique and flavorful dish.
16. Sautéed greens add freshness and nutrition to your sweet potato dishes.
17. Creamy dairy complements the sweetness and adds a tangy element.

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Sweet Potato Casserole Recipe with Canned Yams

Copycat Ruth Chris sweet potato casserole recipe with canned yams and pecan topping is here! Best mashed yams side dish for Thanksgiving.
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword canned yams, pecans, sweet potato casserole
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Servings 10
Calories 330kcal
Author The Typical Mom

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Ingredients

Instructions

  • Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Prepare a 8×8" baking dish by greasing with butter. In a medium saucepan, bring canned sweet potatoes and their liquid to a boil.
  • Reduce heat and simmer until sweet potatoes are tender. Drain and mash sweet potatoes in a bowl. Then add the white sugar, butter, milk, eggs, and vanilla extract. Mix well.
  • Spread sweet potato mixture in the prepared baking dish. In a separate bowl, combine chopped pecans, brown sugar, all-purpose flour, and melted butter. Mix well.
  • Sprinkle pecan mixture over sweet potato mixture. Bake for 45 minutes, or until the topping is golden brown. Let cool for 15 minutes before serving so it thickens up.

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Nutrition Facts
Sweet Potato Casserole Recipe with Canned Yams
Amount Per Serving (1 oz)
Calories 330 Calories from Fat 189
% Daily Value*
Fat 21g32%
Saturated Fat 9g56%
Trans Fat 0.5g
Polyunsaturated Fat 3g
Monounsaturated Fat 8g
Cholesterol 66mg22%
Sodium 117mg5%
Potassium 94mg3%
Carbohydrates 36g12%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 32g36%
Protein 3g6%
Vitamin A 441IU9%
Vitamin C 0.1mg0%
Calcium 38mg4%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
5 from 3 votes (2 ratings without comment)
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Maureen

Friday 24th of November 2023

Can this be frozen and heated up at a later date?

The Typical Mom

Saturday 25th of November 2023

Haven't done that yet so unsure

Jeanne

Friday 24th of November 2023

I made this for a "Friendsgiving" dinner, and it was a big hit! One friend said it was the best he'd ever had and that it made him want to lick his plate clean. substituted walnuts for the pecans because I had them on hand, and I prefer them to pecans. For me, the topping is what makes this dish so special.

The Typical Mom

Saturday 25th of November 2023

OH yeah for it being a hit!!

pamela

Thursday 23rd of November 2023

I forgot to drain before mashed

The Typical Mom

Saturday 25th of November 2023

that would make it much looser for sure

Shawn Huff

Thursday 23rd of November 2023

Making this in a few hours. Think I’ll add a bit of cinnamon or nutmeg to it. Yum

Lynn

Wednesday 22nd of November 2023

Hi, can I put this together the day before?

The Typical Mom

Wednesday 22nd of November 2023

Haven't done that since it is so easy. If so I wouldn't add the topping or the texture will get weird

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