Delicious Sweet Potato Recipe for Your Next Meal

The Southern Comfort Sweet Potatoes Recipe is an original southern recipe that will make your taste buds sing with joy! I’m thrilled to share this delightful recipe, which has been passed down from generations in my family.

This extraordinary recipe is perfect for any holiday or celebration. The warm and comforting flavors of brown sugar, cinnamon, and Southern Comfort blend perfectly with the sweet potatoes and crunchy pecans, creating a soulful and indulgent treat that will leave you wanting more.

As a chef specialized in southern-style cuisine, I understand how essential the art of food preparation is. This recipe combines decadent flavors with easy-to-follow steps that are guaranteed to produce a scrumptious dish.

Additionally, this dish provides a unique twist to traditional southern candied yams that reminds me of Patti Labelle’s famous sweet potato pie recipe.

Whether you’re in search of soul food or just looking for something comforting to add to your table, the Southern Comfort Sweet Potatoes Recipe is sure to satisfy. Join me in exploring this delicious journey into the deep south!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Southern Comfort Sweet Potatoes
Southern Comfort Sweet Potatoes

Southern Comfort Sweet Potatoes Recipe – A Soulful Delight

When it comes to soul food, nothing beats the delicious taste of sweet potatoes. That’s why I’m excited to share with you my Southern Comfort Sweet Potatoes recipe, a dish that combines sweet and savory flavors to make your taste buds dance with joy.

One of the reasons why you’ll love this recipe is its versatility. It works equally well as a side dish for your holiday table or as a comforting main dish on chilly winter nights. With its buttery and nutty pecan topping, it brings warmth and flavor to any meal.

These sweet potatoes are made with canned sweet potatoes and infused with Southern Comfort, an iconic whiskey that adds depth and complexity to the recipe. Orange juice brings a welcome tangy note that balances the sweetness of brown sugar, creating a perfect harmony of flavors. To top it off, ground cinnamon adds a touch of warmth, making it ideal for those cozy winter evenings.

Whether you’re looking for something different to add to your Thanksgiving spread or simply in search of a satisfying comfort food craving fix, this dish will not disappoint. It provides you with all the flavors that make Southern-style cooking so appealing while also letting you experiment with different variations and substitutions.

Trust me; these sweet potatoes will soon become one of your favorites too!

Ingredient List

 These sweet potatoes are spicing things up in the kitchen!
These sweet potatoes are spicing things up in the kitchen!

Before getting into the recipe steps, let me first walk you through the ingredients that you will need to make these Southern Comfort Sweet Potatoes. This recipe is fairly simple and requires only a few common kitchen staples.

  • Sweet Potatoes: 2 (29 ounce) cans or 6 large potatoes
  • Butter: 1/2 cup softened, plus 1 tablespoon for greasing the casserole dish
  • Brown Sugar: 1 cup, packed
  • Orange Juice: 1/2 cup
  • Southern Comfort: 1/2 cup
  • Eggs: 2 large
  • Ground Cinnamon: 1 teaspoon
  • Salt: 1/4 teaspoon
  • Evaporated Milk: 1 (12 ounce) can
  • Pecans: 1/2 cup chopped

All the ingredients can be found at your local grocery store. Be sure to check for quality and freshness before making your purchase. Quality ingredients will make all the difference in taste and texture of your dish.

The Recipe How-To

 Where sweet and savory meet: Southern Comfort Sweet Potatoes.
Where sweet and savory meet: Southern Comfort Sweet Potatoes.

Now that you know why Southern Comfort Sweet Potatoes are the perfect side dish for any occasion, let’s dive into the recipe how-to.

Cooking Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 350℉.
  2. Peel and slice 4-5 large sweet potatoes into thin rounds.
  3. Boil the sweet potato slices in a pot of salted water until tender (about 10 minutes). Then, drain them and place them in a large bowl.
  4. Add 1 stick of softened butter, 1/2 cup of brown sugar, 1/2 cup of smooth southern comfort, and 1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon to the bowl with the cooked sweet potatoes. Use an electric mixer or potato masher to blend all ingredients together until smooth.
  5. Beat in two eggs until incorporated into the mixture.
  6. Pour in 1/2 cup of evaporated milk and continue to mix until everything is well combined.
  7. Spray a casserole dish with cooking spray and pour the mixture into the dish.
  8. Cover the casserole dish with foil and bake at 350℉ for about 40-50 minutes or until golden brown and bubbly.

Add Pecan Topping

In a small bowl, mix together 1/2 cup of chopped pecans, 1/2 stick of melted butter, 1/2 cup of brown sugar, and 1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon. Remove the foil from the top of the casserole dish and sprinkle this mixture over the top of the sweet potatoes. Place back into oven, uncovered, for another 10-15 minutes or until toasted and crisp.

Serving Suggestions

This sweet potato casserole recipe is perfect for any occasion – whether a holiday dinner, potluck with friends or family, or a solo craving for soul food. Serve it alongside your favorite protein like ham, turkey, or chicken. For dessert, consider serving it with a slice of Patti Labelle Sweet Potato Pie – this combination will blow your taste buds away!

Candied Sweet Potato Variation

If you’d like to make this dish into candied sweet potatoes (like those canned yams you love from childhood), skip using the casserole dish and instead prepare your mixture in a deep loaf pan. You can even add in some marshmallows on top for an extra sweet touch. This variation is a Southern classic and is sure to transport you back to your childhood.

Final Thoughts

Now that you have learned how to make this delicious southern comfort sweet potato recipe, making it will become second nature to you. Don’t hesitate to make modifications when necessary for better results. Enjoy!

Substitutions and Variations

 Don't wait for Thanksgiving to try these mouthwatering sweet potatoes.
Don’t wait for Thanksgiving to try these mouthwatering sweet potatoes.

Variety is the spice of life, and that applies to cooking as well. Fortunately, with this Southern Comfort Sweet Potatoes recipe, you have plenty of options for substitutions and variations depending on your preferences.

Firstly, if you don’t have Southern Comfort, you can substitute it with bourbon or whiskey to create a slightly different taste. For a non-alcoholic version, replace the Southern Comfort with orange juice, apple juice or ginger ale. These options give your dish a fruity zest without compromising its flavor.

Another substitution option lays in the type of potatoes used. Although sweet potatoes work better in this recipe, you may use canned yams or regular potatoes if you cannot find sweet ones at your local grocery store.

Additionally, if you have dietary restrictions or prefer vegan alternatives, swap the eggs for applesauce or flax seeds to bind the ingredients together. You can also substitute butter with margarine, coconut oil or olive oil for a healthier twist.

For those who love texture and crunchiness in their food. Substitute pecans with walnuts or hazelnuts, or add other nuts such as almonds or cashew nuts. Additionally, try using almond flour instead of pecans to add a lovely nutty aroma to this recipe.

Lastly, try experimenting with adding your personal touch by replacing cinnamon with nutmeg or clove powder for a spicier taste. You may also substitute brown sugar for honey or maple syrup if you want to give it an all-natural sweetness.

With these substitution options available to use as guidelines, making modifications to make the recipe yours has never been easier!

Serving and Pairing

 Get ready to fall in love with your new favorite side dish.
Get ready to fall in love with your new favorite side dish.

If you’re looking to make a dish that is sure to impress your dinner guests, then this Southern Comfort Sweet Potato Casserole recipe is the one for you. With its rich and savory flavors, this dish is perfect for serving as a side or a dessert.

For a main course pairing, I recommend serving this casserole with roasted turkey or ham. The sweetness of the sweet potato and brown sugar will complement the saltiness of these meats perfectly. For vegetarians, try pairing it with roasted carrots or another hearty vegetable dish.

If you’re planning on serving this casserole as a dessert, add a dollop of whipped cream or scoop of vanilla ice cream on top of each serving. The combination of the soft sweet potatoes and crunchy pecan topping with the cold and creamy ice cream is nothing short of heavenly.

This Southern Comfort Sweet Potato Casserole also pairs well with drinks such as Kōrui shōchū or bourbon as they bring out its southern comfort flavors even further. Another option is to have it with orange juice, which helps balance out the sweetness and bring out more citrusy notes.

Whichever way you choose to serve it up, your dinner guests are sure to love this casserole! It’s the perfect addition to any holiday feast, potluck, or simply to celebrate the comfort food soul in all of us.

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 Sweet potatoes never tasted so good.
Sweet potatoes never tasted so good.

When it comes to comfort food, it’s always best to plan ahead. The Southern Comfort Sweet Potatoes recipe is no exception. You’ll be happy to know that this dish can be made in advance of your next gathering.

After following the recipe instructions and preparing your sweet potato casserole, you can cover it with aluminum foil and store it in the refrigerator for up to two days before reheating. When it’s time to serve, remove the dish from the fridge and allow it to sit at room temperature for about 30 minutes before placing it in the oven.

Reheating this decadent casserole is easy. Simply preheat your oven to 325°F (160°C) and bake for about 25-30 minutes. If there’s some leftover and you’d like to reheat just a portion or two, use a microwave-safe plate and heat for about one minute.

It’s important to note that while reheating only once will preserve the best texture and flavor, this Southern-style sweet potato casserole freezes beautifully. After assembling the ingredients and topping with pecans, cover with a double layer of aluminum foil wrap tightly then freeze.

When you’re ready to serve, remove the dish from the freezer and allow it to thaw overnight first. Reheat until piping hot as described above. Even when frozen, this indulgent casserole holds up well with no discernible loss in texture or flavor.

This makes Southern Comfort Sweet Potatoes perfect for family gatherings throughout the holiday season or whenever you’re craving some soul food. Whether serving alone as a dinner side dish, or as part of larger family get-togethers, being able to prep ahead will make things a lot less stressful when hosting friends or family for any occasion.

Tips for Perfect Results

 These Southern Comfort Sweet Potatoes are a game changer.
These Southern Comfort Sweet Potatoes are a game changer.

When making this Southern Comfort Sweet Potatoes Recipe, there are a few tips and tricks to ensure that you get perfect results every time. Here are some recommendations to take your comfort sweet potatoes to the next level:

1. Use fresh sweet potatoes: Fresh sweet potatoes will give you a softer and more flavorful dish than canned sweet potatoes. Look for sweet potatoes that are firm, unblemished, and have a bright orange color.

2. Don’t overcook the sweet potatoes: Overcooking the sweet potatoes will turn them into mushy messes. Ensure that the sweet potatoes are cooked until they are soft but still hold their shape.

3. Use unsalted butter: Using unsalted butter allows you to control the salt content of the dish. You can add salt as per your preference.

4. Toast the pecans: Toasting the pecans adds another layer of flavor to the dish by bringing out their natural oils. Spread pecans on a baking sheet and bake at 350°F for 8-10 minutes, or until golden brown.

5. Add a pinch of nutmeg: A pinch of nutmeg enhances the flavor of the dish, giving it a warm and comforting taste that is perfect for any soul food meal.

6. Sprinkle brown sugar on top: Adding brown sugar on top of your casserole adds a caramelized sweetness that perfectly balances out the savory flavors in the dish.

7. Add Southern Comfort at end of cooking process: Adding Southern Comfort towards the end of cooking gives it an added kick that elevates this recipe beyond traditional southern candied yams.

Follow these tips and enjoy your perfect southern-style comfort sweet potato casserole every time!


As you plan to embark on making your Southern Comfort Sweet Potatoes Recipe, you may have questions that come up along the way. It’s important to ensure that you get everything right, so that your dish can be as delicious as possible. In this FAQ section, I will address some of the most commonly asked questions about this recipe, and give you helpful tips to guide you towards success in the kitchen. So, let’s dig in and get started!

How do you make Patti Labelle sweet potatoes?

Alright, first things first, let’s get those sweet potatoes ready. We want them to be nice and soft, so chuck them in a big pot of boiling water and let them cook for about 25 minutes until they’re tender. Once they’re done, drain off the water and let them cool briefly before peeling them. Now, pop them into a roomy bowl and add a dollop of butter, a splash of cream, a drizzle of agave, a pinch of cinnamon, and a sprinkle of salt. Start mashing everything together until it’s nice and smooth. Finally, jazz it up with some grated orange zest on top. Perfecto!

What alcohol is made out of sweet potatoes?

Kōrui shōchū, a popular beverage in Japan, is crafted from a combination of sweet potato, potato, and corn. This type of shōchū is usually produced in contemporary, large-scale production facilities. The distillation process of Kōrui shōchū includes diluting the alcohol to create its distinct flavor profile.

Why do you soak sweet potatoes in water before cooking?

To ensure that our potato wedges come out perfectly crispy and not mushy, we need to soak them in cold water for a good 30 minutes or more. So, toss them into a bowl of water, and give them a little swirl with your hand. This simple hack will draw out the potato’s starch, and guarantee us that crunchy texture we love.

What are the ingredients in Patti Labelle’s sweet potato pie?

For this recipe, you will need 2 and a half pounds of unpeeled sweet potatoes, which should amount to around 5 medium-sized yams. Additionally, we’ll use half a cup of melted unsalted butter, a cup of granulated sugar, half a cup of evaporated milk (see Patti’s Pointers below for more information), 2 large eggs, freshly grated or ground nutmeg, ground cinnamon, and a pinch of salt.

Bottom Line

In conclusion, this Southern Comfort Sweet Potatoes recipe is truly a soulful and irresistible dish that you won’t want to miss. With the perfect balance of sweet and savory flavors, it is a perfect side dish for any family or holiday gathering.

The addition of Southern Comfort adds a unique touch that sets this comfort sweet potato casserole recipe apart from the rest. The brown sugar and pecan topping add a welcomed crunch and texture to every bite.

As with any recipe, it may take some practice to get it just right. But don’t let that discourage you, as the rewards are well worth it. And remember, recipes are not set in stone, feel free to adjust the amounts of ingredients to your liking.

So gather your ingredients and get cooking, I guarantee the results will be worth it. Your family and guests will savor every bite and ask for seconds. Add this recipe to your collection of Southern culinary delights today!

Southern Comfort Sweet Potatoes

Southern Comfort Sweet Potatoes Recipe

I love sweet potatoes just about any way you make them, but my husband is much pickier about them, and this is his favorite sweet potato recipe. He doesn't want me to make them any other way now! I make these for most holidays, or just when we want something a little more special, and they have always been a huge hit. I have made this with fresh sweet potatoes, too - just use an equivalent amount, and peel, cook, and cool them before starting this recipe. They reheat well, too.
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Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 40 mins
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Fusion
Calories 449.9 kcal


  • 2 (29 ounce) cans sweet potatoes, drained
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup orange juice
  • 3 eggs, beaten
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup Southern Comfort
  • 1/2 cup pecans, chopped
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar


  • Preheat oven to 350F.
  • Put sweet potatoes in a large bowl and mash well.
  • Keep mashing, adding in the butter, cinnamon, orange juice, eggs, salt, and Southern Comfort.
  • Put mixture in a 2 quart casserole dish.
  • Combine the pecans and brown sugar together in a small bowl, and sprinkle over the sweet potato mixture.
  • Bake 30 to 40 minutes, or until the center has set and the edges are light brown.

Add Your Own Notes


Serving: 225gCalories: 449.9kcalCarbohydrates: 57gProtein: 6.4gFat: 18.3gSaturated Fat: 8.3gCholesterol: 100.2mgSodium: 317.8mgFiber: 7gSugar: 22.9g
Keyword < 60 Mins, Christmas, Oven, Potato, Thanksgiving, Vegetable, Yam/Sweet Potato
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