Ray’s Sweet Potato Casserole is a family tradition, and it isn’t the holidays without it! Crispy coconut streusel topping makes this something special.

This is Ben and my first holiday as a married couple and we have decided to forego the chaos and upheaval that normally comes with big family holidays. Normally we would have to choose between splitting our holiday one of three ways, with my dad and step-mom, mom and step-dad or Ben’s parents 300 miles away – but with him in the middle of his first quarter of nursing school and my trying to just keep pace with the rest of the world, it seemed like the best option for us was to spend our first holiday as man and wife together – just the two of us. And Huck, too – naturally.

This also happens to be my first year of cooking my own Thanksgiving, all by myself. o.O

Ben will be tucked away banging his head into his desk finishing a last minute 10 page paper on nursing ethics and peeking through the door of our room to catch the latest football scores and I will be commandeering the remote and be watching Harry Potter all the way through getting myself primed for the impending Christmas season. Am I the only one who craves a little wand waving and quidditch during the rainy fall months? It just gets me in the spirit. Don’t know why, but it probably has something to do with me being weird and loony. You already knew that though.

Anyway… since this is Ben’s and my first Turkey Day together, I wanted to make sure that it felt like home. The one resounding requirement to our Thanksgiving fare was Ray’s Sweet Potato Casserole. Never have I met Ray, but he is a casserole legend and this is the one dish that everyone looks forward to in the Keno family during the holiday of Thanks. So being the wonderful wife I am, I am making this just for Ben. Where’s my wife of the year award? I suspect it is in the mail now.

This is one that would be easy to make head of time and pop in the oven 25 minutes before dinner is ready. Score 1 for Megan and easy planning!

I started with two sweet potatoes – since this is just me and Ben, and boiled them like regular potatoes. Then drain away!

Now this beauty is how I went about “mashing” my sweet potatoes – it’s a ricer. If you don’t have one of these, I highly, astronomically recommend it. It’s doesn’t mash as much as it aerates your potatoes, keeping them light and fluffy instead of condensed and brick-like. Unless you’re into that sort of thing, which I pass no judgements.

This one, in particular – the RSVP Ricer, has two removable and interchangeable presses, this one is the finer of the two. *Sidebar* this ricer was the highest rated ricer by America’s Test Kitchen. And they test ’em ALLL, so I trust ’em. *End Sidebar*

The ricer is super handy because it also – oh so conveniently – has a bowl rest on it so you can let it sit on your bowl as you press.Who wants their taters flying through the air ala Three Stooges – no one.


Then into the bowl went buttah (obviously), sugar, eggs and a little milk.

Oh, and some vanilla.

Fold it around so you don’t flatten the sweet potatoes until the butter melts deliciously into the crevasses and you’re ready to put it into the baking dish.

Smooth it out in the bottom of a baking dish and get ready to top it with a little brown sugar, coconut, chopped pecans (or in my case walnuts), flour and maauurr buttah!

Fork that baby til it crumbles and sprinkle onto the sweet potatoes. Now you’re ready to bake. Put into a 325 oven for 20-25 minutes or until crispy and golden brown. Now this one is fantastic if you want to make it a day or even two ahead of time, and you just throw it into the oven as your bring your bird out of the oven to rest. Just switcharoo and you’re ready to go as soon as the bird is ready to carve. Viola!

Ingredients for Ray’s Sweet Potato Casserole

Sweet Potatoes:

  • Sweet Potatoes
  • Sugar
  • Milk
  • Eggs
  • Vanilla
  • Butter

Crumble Topping:

  • Coconut
  • Brown Sugar
  • Pecans
  • Flour
  • Butter
Sweet Potato casserole with coconut and pecan topping on a purple napkin

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Ray’s Sweet Potato Casserole

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  • Author: Megan Keno
  • Prep Time: 25 Minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 Minutes
  • Total Time: 50 minutes
  • Yield: 8 1x
  • Category: Side Dish
  • Method: Baked
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Vegetarian


A family tradition that can be made a day or two ahead of time!


Units Scale

Sweet Potatoes:

  • 45 Sweet Potatoes, cubed
  • 3/4 cup Sugar
  • 1/2 cup Milk
  • 2 Eggs, beaten
  • 1 tsp Vanilla
  • 6 Tbsp Butter, softened

Crumble Topping:

  • 1 cup Coconut
  • 1 cup Brown Sugar
  • 1 pecans (or in my case walnuts), chopped
  • 3/4 cup flour
  • 6 tbsp butter, melted


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. In large saucepan or stock pot, boil water. Add in cubed sweet potatoes and simmer just until potatoes are fork tender. Drain in colander and set aside.
  3. Place ricer over bowl and press potatoes in multiple batches. Add in vanilla, softened butter, milk, beaten eggs and sugar. Fold everything together until butter has melted and everything is evenly dispersed.
  4. Pour into a lightly greased baking dish. Set aside.
  5. In bowl, mix together coconut, brown sugar, chopped pecans, and flour. Stir in melted butter and mix until the coconut/brown sugar/pecan mixture starts to look like crumbles and is pea sized.
  6. Sprinkle over the top of the sweet potatoes.
  7. Place in oven for 20-25 minutes, or until top is golden brown. Serve warm.


*Note* This dish can be made a day or two ahead of time and bake day-of. You may need to increase the time of baking if it comes straight of the fridge and into the oven.

Original recipe from Ray Hulet

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