1. Preheat oven to 350°. Arrange pecans in a single layer on a baking sheet. Bake at 350° for 5 to 7 minutes or until lightly toasted and fragrant. Cool in pan on a wire rack 15 minutes or until completely cool. Reserve 3 Tbsp. pecans. Reduce oven temperature to 325°.
2. Stir together sweet potatoes, next 9 ingredients, and remaining pecans in a large bowl until blended; spoon mixture into 8 (8-oz.) lightly greased ramekins.
3. Bake, covered, at 325° for 45 minutes. Increase oven temperature to 350°; uncover and bake 15 minutes or until edges are golden brown. Top evenly with reserved toasted pecans.