Trisha Yearwood Shares Thanksgiving Sweet Potato Pudding Recipe

by Jennifer Shea

Country musician Trisha Yearwood has a special trick to make her Thanksgiving dinner really sing. And she’s sharing it with everyone.

Yearwood has found quite the crowd-pleaser with her sweet potato pudding recipe, ABC News reports. The dish goes over well even with people who don’t like traditional sweet potato dishes.

“I meet a lot of people who say they didn’t think they liked sweet potatoes—until they tried them prepared in a different way from just baked and topped with butter and brown sugar,” Yearwood explained in her 2010 cookbook “Home Cooking with Trisha Yearwood.”

Here’s the recipe, per ABC News. It should serve eight people.

Thanksgiving Pudding Ingredients:

2 ½ pounds (about 3) medium sweet potatoes

½ cup (1 stick) butter at room temperature

2 large eggs

1 tablespoon self-rising cornmeal

1 cup sugar

½ cup milk

¼ teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 cup pecan halves

½ cup packed brown sugar


Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Spray an 8-inch square baking dish with cooking spray.

On a foil-covered baking sheet, bake the sweet potatoes for 1 hour or until they’re soft. Remove and allow to cool. Lower the oven temperature to 325 F.

When they’ve cooled, peel the potatoes, discard the skins, and place in a large mixing bowl. Add the butter and mash until smooth.

Add the eggs one at a time, beating thoroughly after each addition. Add the cornmeal, sugar, milk, salt, and ½ teaspoon of the vanilla and beat until smooth.

Pour the batter into the greased baking dish. Put the pecan halves on top of the pudding and top with the brown sugar.

Sprinkle the remaining ½ teaspoon vanilla by small droplets over the brown sugar.

Bake for 45 minutes, or until the top turns brown.

Note: The top of the pudding should be browned, but be careful not to burn the pecans. You can also add whipped cream and serve the dish as a Thanksgiving dessert.

Trisha Yearwood, Garth Brooks Thanksgiving Plans

Garth Brooks told “Good Morning, America” recently that the couple’s Thanksgiving is going to “the same and totally different at the same time.”

He jokes Trisha will still make the amount of food she typically does for the large group of twenty. But, this year, he’ll be the only one eating the large servings.