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Sweet Potato Casserole for 60 people
Hello Ellen!

We are making sweet potato casserole for 60 people but are unsure of how much to use as far as the ingredients. EX 35 pounds of sweet potatoes? How much melted butter and how many sticks of butter, how much pecans, evaportated milk, vanilla, brown sugar,eggs, and flour. I searched your site and was not able to find it or I missed it. Thank you for your help.

God Bless.

Here is a clone of the Ruth Chris Sweet Potato Casserole.

Notice that it has no spice in the potatoes. You can add a couple of tablespoons to the potato mixture (pumpkin pie or apple pie spice, or some blend of cinnamon, ginger, etc.) but it is VERY popular just as is.

Ruths Chris Steak House Sweet Potato Casserole-63 servings
6-7 9x13 pans

For the crust:

11 cups brown sugar
4 1/4 cups flour (1 pound)
11 cups chopped pecans
4 cups (8 sticks) butter cup butter, melted

Sweet potato mixture:

11 cups sugar (about 5 pounds)
1 tablespoon salt
3-4 teaspoons vanilla
30 cups mashed sweet potatoes (30 large potatoes, steamed or microwaved until tender)
15 eggs, well beaten
4 cups (8 sticks) butter

Butter 7 9x13 casseroles.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Combine the crust ingredients with a fork in a small bowl and set aside.

Sweet potatoes retain flavor better if they are not skinned and boiled. Also, if you use canned they are mushier.

Combine the sugar, salt, vanilla, mashed sweet potatoes, egg and butter and beat thoroughly. Pour into buttered baking dishes.

Sprinkle the crust mixture evenly on top, and bake 40 minutes. Allow to set for at least 30 minutes before serving. Makes 63 servings.

Ellen's Kitchen Splendid Spicy Not too Sweet Potatoes or Yummy Yams

About 4 gallons, 2 large roaster pans; Serves 100 buffet style
Can be prepared two days ahead, refrigerated and reheated.
May be served hot or at room temperature.

I like this, it is more interesting than the above.

1 1/4 cup vegetable oil
20 medium sweet onions, thinly sliced
35 lbs sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into large cubes; best choice is red garnet yams, if you can find them
5 quarts water
7 1/2 cups craisins, golden raisin OR currants
1 1/4 cup light brown sugar
2 tablespoons salt
3 tablespoons ground ginger
2 tablespoons ground cinnamon
2 teaspoons cayenne pepper

Divide all ingredients equally between the two pans as you cook.
In 2 large enamel roaster pans safe for stove top use, heat the oil over medium-high heat. Add the sliced onions and cook until limp and just golden, 3-6 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add in the sweet potatoes and cook an additional 12-15 minutes, until some of the chunks begin to color.
Add the water to the pans. Add in the fruit, sugar, salt, ginger, cinnamon and cayenne. Reduce heat, cover and cook for 12-20 minutes until the potatoes are just tender. Do NOT overcook if you plan to reheat.

To reheat in the oven, place in a casserole dish and let stand 30 minutes at room temperature. Bake covered at 325 degrees for 30-50 minutes, stirring occasionally if convenient, until temperature in the center is 165. Hold by turning oven to 180.

To reheat in 2 electric roasters, preheat the roasters to 400 before adding the cooking pans. Place the pans in the roasters, cover, and IMMEDIATELY reduce the heat to 325. Stir occasionally. Bake covered at 325 degrees for 30-50 minutes, until temperature in the center is 165. Turn the roasters to 180 to hold for up to two hours.

Thank you so much for your help!
Luau Mashed Sweet Potato Casserole
3 hotel pans- 100 servings
Simple, canned potatoes

24 pounds canned sweet potatoes, drained and mashed
3 quarts crushed pineapple (#10 can)in juice, drained
9 cups butter, divided
1/4 cup salt
2 teaspoons black pepper
3 quarts dry bread crumbs
3 cups brown sugar, packed
1 tablespoon ground cloves

Preheat oven to 375F.

Mash the potatoes using some of the juice. In a large bowl, combine the mashed sweet potatoes, pineapple, half the butter and the salt and pepper. Place into a greased hotel pan.

Combine the remaining butter with the bread crumbs, brown sugar and cloves. Sprinkle this over the sweet potato mixture. Bake for 45 minutes until hot throughout. Serve hot as a side dish.SERVINGS:48, 4 oz. servings.

Chunky Marshmallow Sweet Potatoes

Makes 100 (3/4-cup) servings.

5 cup firmly packed brown sugar, divided
1 1/4 cups orange juice
6 tablespoons Vanilla Extract
1/4 cup Pumpkin Pie Spice, divided
30 pounds sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1-inch pieces
2 1/2 cups butter, divided
2 1/2 cups flour
5 cups chopped pecans
20 cups miniature marshmallows (2 pounds)
Optional 5 cups rasins

1. Preheat oven to 375F. Mix 1/2 the brown sugar, orange juice, vanilla and 2 tablespoons of the pumpkin pie spice in large bowl. Add sweet potatoes; toss to coat. Spoon into 10 13x9-inch baking dishes. Dot with 2 tablespoons of the butter. Cover.

2. Bake 45 minutes or until potatoes are slightly tender.

3. Meanwhile, mix flour, remaining brown sugar and remaining pumpkin pie spice in medium bowl. Cut in remaining butter with fork until crumbly. Stir in pecans and marshmallows.

4. Remove casserole from oven and stir gently to coat potatoes in syrup. Sprinkle evenly with marshmallow-crumb topping. Bake, uncovered, 7 to 10 minutes longer or until potatoes are tender and topping is golden brown.

Sweet Potato Casserole for 60 people/ Luau Mashed
I'm a little confused on the servings on this one; is it 48 servings or 100? Thanks
Yikes, I was asleep at the keyboard. In this amount it is 100 1/2 cup servings, which is a MODEST SERVING. i MULTIPLIED IT OUT WITHOUT CLEANING UP THE DIRECTIONS!
Sweet Potato Casserole for 40 people
Hello Ellen I'm making sweet potato casserole for 40 people for my husband thanksgiving lunch for work this week. I was hoping you could help I've never made it before.
Use any of the recipes above, do 1/2 the amount for 100, the luau potatoes used simple canned potatoes.
Sweet Potato Bar and topping amounts for 75 people
Hi I am planning a sweet potatoe bar for my daughters wedding for 75. I have purchased 75 med sized sweet pot. And would like topping ideas and quantities please. Example: butter, brown sugar , marshmallow fluff, toasted pecans and any other toppings you might think sound good! Thank you!
Use the potato bar page and do 3/4 the amount for 100- approximate your toppings by similar toppings and see this terrific article!

definitely add black beans and lime wedges!

Also, be sure to make about 80 potatoes. Brussel sprouts are a great veg with sweet potatoes, and chick peas are a second good bean-
Mashed Sweet Potatoes for about 75-80 people
How many sweet potatoes do I need to buy for a large, deep pan of mashed potatoes?
Sweet Potato Casserole for 70 people
About 30 pounds for 75 people, or 3 #10 cans
If using canned yams in Ruth Chris' recipe do you still add all of the butter & sugar?
I personally cut back the sugar, the rest the same. Canned plain is fine.
Great recipes, thank you.
How many cans - #10 for Ruth Chris' recipe?
Diana Schultz
Sweet Potato Casserole for 30 people
Sweet potato strudel for 30 people?
Re, Ruth Chris: 2 1/2 #10 cans sweet potatoes for exact, it will tolerate 3.
Diana, the are a dozen sweet potato strudel recipes on page one of a google search for "sweet potato strudel", and they are VERY different. Take a look and figure out which looks best to you.

A regular strudel serves about 6-8, so look at making 4 to 5 for 30.

I need to make three banquet size pans of yams guessing about a hundred people how many cans of yams do I need?
At least 4 and 5 #10 would be better- 30 pounds from scratch.
Sweet Potato Casserole for 25
I’m making sweet potato casserole for 25 this Thursday. I will use canned as I think that will be faster. Please advise on how I should proceed. I dread this!
No dread! Very easy! 6-7 of those fat cans of cut up yams plus 1/4 of the add ins for any of the recipes for 100 on this thread- you can do Ruth Chris, marshmallow, pineapple, my
Yummy Yams"; many variations. You just want to end up with 2-3 9x13 pans- 3 if it is the only starch or a hungry crowd, 2 for normal eaters.
A group of ladies are doing a “Thanksgiving” type dinner for about 60 adults & children at a local venue for families of children in a hospital. Planning on mashed potatoes AND sweet potatoes, roasted vegetables and stuffing, turkey, gravy and all the trimmings. I volunteered for the sweet potatoes and need to figure out how much to make. Can you help.
Yes, see the pages that help with quantity in the holiday cooking section at the top of the Big Pots section. Detailed for you and all the other cooks. Just count it as 2/3 of 100 and you will have plenty.
Sara Kugler
Sweet Potato Casserole for 50
Would like an easy recipe, that is not too sweet. Thank you
See my recipe above in the thread, Yummy yams, 11/12/12. Do 1/2 he amount for 100.
Ellen S Gutierrez
Recipe for mashed sweet potatoes to feed 60 people
Use Hawaiian mashed, 11/12/12 , and do 2/3 of the recipe or marshmallow sweets same date. The luau potatoes as printed makes 50 cups, 100 1/2 cup servings
Sweet Potato Casserole for 200 people
I am making sweet potatoe cassersole from scratch, no cans, for 200 people. How many sweet potatoes would I have to buy and what would be the adjusted amount for the ingredients?
60 pounds of large sweet potatoes makes about 20 quarts of chunks or 16 quarts of mashed. If you have another starch, 1 quart of chunks will serve 5-6. If you have no other starch, it will serve 4-5.

If you have another starch, 1 quart of mashed will serve about 8. If you have no other starch, it will serve 5-6.

Small sweet potatoes, you lose a bit more to the peeling.


Donna Gearhartwe
Sweet Potato Casserole for 120people
We feed the needy at my church and it's only 2 people cooking the Turkeys and side's. They want me to make the sweet potatoes and Turkeys. This is really my first time doing this and I hope that everything comes out okay. Can you please help me with this recipe. I need it to be easy but good to eat. Thank you, For your help. God bless you 😇
Donna Gearhart if you could please send it to me by my email address donna_gearhart@ I would really appreciate your help and support.
There is a whole section devoted to large turkey meals at the top of the Big Pots page, including MANY recipes for 100 and specifics on large amounts of turkey. It also has very specific help on quantities. If you read that over and still have questions, please write further; I have helped plan many Thanksgiving events, including one on an island in Puget sound (no stores on the island) involving almost 400 people in 2 sites.

See my recipe above in the thread, Yummy yams, 11/12/12. 1 and 1/4 times the amount for 100.

I will be happy to help further.

I am taking a side of marshmallow yams for thanksgiving for 40 people. Can you offer your suggestions? I came across your blog and I really like your recipes. I just want to add marshmallows on top.
See chunky marshmallow yams above, 11/12/12 . For 40 people do a little less than half that recipe if it is the main starch. If there are also mashed potatoes and dressings, do about 1/3.

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Susan Root Moore
HI Ellen,
I'm trying to find a very simple but delicious recipe for candied sweet potatoes that:
1) I can divide among three or four people
2) Will serve around 125
3) does not require mashing the potatoes - we want to serve pieces.
4) works well with canned potatoes

\What do you recommend? Many thanks!

Sweet Potato Casserole for 25 PEOPLE
I'm making a sweet potato casserole for 25 people(pot luck dinner). How many potatoes & what size casserole pan should I use?

Thank you

Sweet Potato Casserole for 25 PEOPLE
I'm making a sweet potato casserole for 25 people(pot luck dinner). How many potatoes & what size casserole pan should I use?

Thank you

Barbara, This is 2 full 9x13 pans with no seconds, or 3 for seconds. 5 cups (just about 3 pounds) of potatoes per pan.
Sweet Potato Casserole for 125 people
Susan, recommend the recipe above, 11/12/12 , for yummy yams. This makes for 100, so 125 add a quarter more to the amounts then- 3 roaster pans for 3 volunteers.
Jeannette Thomas
Sweet Potato Casserole for 120 people
How many pounds of sweet potatoes for 120 people
For sliced, chunks, about 35-40 pounds per 100 people, so about 50 pounds- if they run small, you lose more to trimming. For canned, 5 #10 cans.
If I am making a full hotel pan of the Ruths Chris casserole using canned yams should I cut the recipe in half or quarter.
G Todd
Sweet Potato Casserole for 80 people
can you please send me instructions to fix sweet potato csasseerole for 80 servings Please
Its our Church Dinner Wednesday 12/22/21.
The person cooking it. Want be able to.
So I must Try
I'll be using Canned Yams

Any Help would be Appreciated. Thank You

Sweet Potato Casserole for 50 people
Not all will eat it for wedding adults and kids
Sweet Potato Casserole for 30 using a gallon can
Need a sweet potato casserole recipe using a gallon can of yams
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