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Alabama ranks 5th in the nation for sweet potato production.  So, many Alabama families have sweet potatoes on the menu year round, but here’s a way to serve them for the holidays.  Enjoy!


  • 4 sweet potatoes (skins optional)
  • 1/4 cup white sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 cup evaporated milk
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp. ground clove
  • 1/4 tsp. ground nutmeg

Crunchy topping:

  • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 3/4 cup crushed pecans

Preheat oven to 325 degrees. In a med/lg pot, bring sweet potatoes to a low boil. Cook about 30 minutes (until tender). Drain and mash with 4 tablespoons (half stick) of butter.

In a large bowl, mix sweet potatoes, white sugar, eggs, salt, evaporated milk, vanilla, cinnamon, clove, and nutmeg until smooth. Pour into a 9×13 inch, greased baking pan.

In medium bowl, mix the brown sugar and flour. Stir in softened butter. Add  pecans. Sprinkle over sweet potatoes.

Bake 30 minutes.  Topping will be lightly brown.