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My Grandmother’s Thanksgiving Sweet Potato Casserole

Updated: Aug 23, 2023

Thanksgiving is just a week away, and if are like me, you are already planning your menu and starting to purchase what you can. One recipe I know for sure that I am making is my Grandmother’s Sweet Potato Casserole. She used to make it every year, and I always looked forward to it as it is half vegetable and half dessert. That nutty, sweet topping is so divine! My grandmother doesn’t cook it anymore, and we have too many food allergies in our family to bring it to that Thanksgiving table, but I still make it every year now for my husband’s non-allergic side of the family.

As The War Song Series is set primarily in Alabama, all three books are laden with delicious southern dishes. In Song of Return, Rosemary makes a Sweet Potato Casserole or Soufflé for her Thanksgiving table.

Here is my grandmother’s recipe if you are interested in preparing it for your Thanksgiving meal with family!

Sweet Potato Casserole

Sweet Potato Mixture:

3 cups of cooked mashed sweet potato

1 cup of sugar

1 stick of butter

½ cup milk

1 tsp. vanilla

Mix ingredients together and put in a baking dish.


½ cup flour

½ stick butter

1 cup brown sugar

½ cup pecans or walnuts

Sprinkle topping mixture over sweet potato mixture. Bake at 350 degrees for 35 minutes.

Enjoy and Happy Thanksgiving!

Rosemary spread out all the recipes her mother had sent her on the kitchen table. "Sweet potato soufflé, pecan pie, chocolate pie, dressing, corn pudding,” she read with her hands on her hips.

“Turkey first, then pies, then potatoes, then all the rest,” she said out loud.

Song of Return, Chapter 37

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