Sweet Potato Casserole

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Eaten as a side dish or a dessert this Sweet Potato Casserole Recipe is a classic Thanksgiving dish. Topped with a crumbly pecan streusel!

Sometimes served at the end of the meal and sometimes served alongside savory turkey, Sweet Potato Casserole is a versatile dish that everyone is sure to love. Not to mention, sweet potatoes are good for you! I’ve come up with a classic recipe that includes a crumbly, crispy pecan streusel. You can even make this recipe ahead of time or freeze it for an easy, stress-free Holiday.

sweet potato casserole recipe

Sweet Potato Casserole Recipe

This Sweet Potato Casserole takes about 20 minutes to throw together and 60 minutes to bake! Not too bad. To start making this recipe gather up these ingredients!

  • Sweet Potatoes – baked and peeled. The main ingredient of this dish.
  • Brown Sugar – to sweeten with a molasses flavor. For more of that flavor use dark brown sugar.
  • Vanilla – for its vanilla flavor, obviously.
  • Eggs – this is used for structure in the baking process.
  • Butter – for flavor and for moisture.
  • Salt – to enhance flavors and to balance the sweet.

Streusel Topping

If you don’t like streusel topping, feel free to replace with mini marshmallows–a classically American topping for Thanksgiving.

  • All-Purpose Flour – to counter the moisture of the butter.
  • Granulated Sugar – to sweeten.
  • Brown Sugar – to sweeten and for its flavor.
  • Butter – softened. This helps bring all the dry ingredients together.
  • Salt – to balance out the sweet.
  • Pecans – optional! You can use whatever nut you like as a substitute as well.

Ingredients

How to Make Sweet Potato Casserole

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Peel baked sweet potatoes and place into a large bowl. Add in brown sugar, vanilla, eggs, butter, and salt. Using a masher or hand mixer, stir together until completely smooth. (A few lumps are ok if you don’t mind it lumpy!) Pour into a greased casserole dish and set aside.
  3. In a medium-sized bowl, stir flour, brown sugar, granulated sugar, butter, and salt together until a crumbly texture is formed. Add in pecans and stir. Sprinkle topping over sweet potato base.
  4. Bake for 1 hour, uncovered. (If you notice the streusel top becoming a little dark, cover with foil). Serve warm.

Sweet potato casserole

Make-Ahead

Holiday meal preparation time! If you want to make this sweet potato casserole recipe a couple of days ahead of time, it’s super easy.

Prepare the sweet potato mixture and the streusel topping. Spread the sweet potato mixture into your casserole dish. Then wrap tightly with plastic wrap. Store the streusel in a Ziploc bag or covered bowl. You can keep both items in the fridge for up to 5 days. 

To bake, remove both of the mixtures from the refrigerator. Spread the streusel on top of the casserole and bake.

Freezing Sweet Potato Casserole

To really make this recipe ahead of time you can freeze it. Spend less time worrying the day of Thanksgiving or Christmas and spend more time with family and friends.

Freezing. Prepare the sweet potato mixture and place in an airtight container. After cooling completely, wrap tightly with plastic wrap and store in the freezer up to 3 months.

Baking. Remove from the freezer and thaw overnight in the fridge. Spread sweet potato mixture into your casserole dish. Then make the streusel topping and place on top of thawed sweet potato mixture. Lastly, bake as you normally would.

Sweet Potato Casserole

Thanksgiving Side Dishes

Sweet Potato Casserole isn’t the only dish on a Thanksgiving table. Here are some other ideas to get you started on your holiday dinner preparations.

Stuffing. I have two main stuffing recipes that are a little adventurous. Wild Rice Stuffing Recipe with Bacon and Cornbread Sausage Stuffing.

Potatoes. Try these colorful and buttery Pan Fried Potatoes for another starchy addition to your table.

Vegetables. To lighten it up a little bit try this Roasted Cauliflower Recipe or Oven Roasted Brussel Sprouts Recipe

Or if you are looking for more sweet potato recipes, I’ve got you covered! 🙂

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5 from 1 vote

Sweet Potato Casserole

Eaten as a side dish or a dessert this Sweet Potato Casserole Recipe is a classic Thanksgiving dish. Topped with a crumbly pecan streusel!
servings 10 servings
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 1 hr
Total Time 1 hr 20 mins

Ingredients

For the Sweet Potato Casserole:

  • 4 pounds sweet potatoes baked until very soft
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup butter melted
  • 1 teaspoon salt

For the Streusel Topping:

  • 1/2 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 5 tablespoons butter softened
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup pecans chopped (optional)

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Peel baked sweet potatoes and place into a large bowl. Add in brown sugar, vanilla, eggs, butter, and salt. Using a masher or hand mixer, stir together until completely smooth. (A few lumps are ok if you don't mind it lumpy!) Pour into a greased casserole dish and set aside.
  • In a medium-sized bowl, stir flour, brown sugar, granulated sugar, butter, and salt together until a crumbly texture is formed. Add in pecans and stir. Sprinkle topping over sweet potato base.
  • Bake for 1 hour, uncovered. (If you notice the streusel top becoming a little dark, cover with foil). Serve warm.

Notes

If you don't like streusel topping, feel free to replace with mini marshmallows--a classically American topping for Thanksgiving.

Nutrition

Calories: 486kcal | Carbohydrates: 74g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Cholesterol: 82mg | Sodium: 546mg | Potassium: 691mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 40g | Vitamin A: 26260IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 91mg | Iron: 2mg
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Southern
Keyword: sweet potato casserole, sweet potato casserole recipe, sweet potato recipe, thanksgiving side dish
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3 Responses
  1. Donna

    I’ve made this sweet potato casserole for years and I love it! I’m so glad you shared this to your blog followers so they can enjoy it as well. Thank you as always for your delicious recipes and you and your family have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

  2. Meghan

    5 stars
    I made this for the first time this week and it was delicious!! It is definitely my new go to. I skipped the nuts in the topping and added a bit of cinnamon instead…yum!