Who doesn’t love a good casserole? Especially when the ingredients include sweet potatoes smothered in sweet brown sugar and lightly toasted pecans! Scott Hanselman, a principal Web-community architect, presents his version of the classic sweet potato casserole. This is sure to be a staple at your family gatherings.

Scott illustrates the typical potato casserole the best:
“No one really wants to eat potatoes. Potatoes are just the transport mechanism for getting butter and, hopefully, brown sugar into your face. The sooner we recognize that the starch is just the socially acceptable handle that enables us to eat more desserts and call them “healthy side dishes,” the better society will be.”


Sweet Diabeetus Potatoes, Hanselman Style
1 cup white sugar
½ cup milk (at least 2%, if not whole)
½ tsp salt
2/3 cup butter, melted (this will be split)
2 eggs, beaten
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup brown sugar
½ cup flour
1 cup crushed pecans

In a mixing bowl, combine the sweet potatoes, eggs, sugar, milk, salt, ⅓ cup of butter, and vanilla. Mix together and pour into a greased 13×9-inch baking dish.

To prepare the topping, combine the brown sugar, flour, ⅓ cup of melted butter and pecans in a separate bowl. Mix the whole thing together and crumble it over the sweet potato mixture.

Bake uncovered at 350 degrees (Fahrenheit) for 35 to 45 minutes. Add as much brown sugar as you can handle. If you’re diabetic like me, start taking insulin as you read this recipe because it’s going to raise your sugar. Hang on tight.

Recipe compliments of: Scott Hanselman
Principal Web Community Architect
My name is Scott Hanselman. I work out of my home office for Microsoft as a Principal Program Manager, aiming to spread good information about developing software, usually on the Microsoft stack. Before this, I was the Chief Architect at Corillian Corporation, now a part of CheckFree, for more than six years. I was also involved in a few Microsoft Developer things for many years, like the MVP and RD programs, and I’ll speak about computers (and other passions) whenever someone will listen.