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Sweet Potato Casserole is a classic Thanksgiving dish that is 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. The best part is the crumbly pecan streusel topping!
What is the Difference Between Yams and Sweet Potatoes?
Some recipes use yams and sweet potatoes interchangeably, but they are in fact two different things. Yams are a starchy root vegetable that taste similar to sweet potatoes, but are usually slightly less sweet. The two are so similar that they’re often mislabeled at the grocery store, with canned “yams” really being sweet potatoes.
If you’re going to use canned instead of fresh sweet potatoes, just make sure and check the label. Some might say canned yams, but specify underneath that they are actually canned sweet potatoes.
How to Make Sweet Potato Casserole
This Sweet Potato Casserole takes about 20 minutes to throw together and 60 minutes to bake! If you don’t like streusel topping, feel free to replace with mini marshmallows…a classic topping for Thanksgiving. For full recipe details, including ingredients used and measurements, see the printable recipe card down below. Here is what you can expect when making this recipe:
How Do I Cook My Sweet Potatoes?
The directions for this recipe assume that you have already cooked your sweet potatoes. There are a few ways to cook them.
- Bake – You can bake them in the oven (my preferred method), at 400 degrees for an hour.
- Stove Top – Or you can peel and boil potatoes in a large pot of water for about half an hour.
Once you have the sweet potatoes ready, you are ready to make the best Sweet Potato Casserole you’ve ever had!
Preheat oven to 350° F.
Peel Sweet Potatoes + Add in Remaining Casserole Ingredients
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.
Make the Streusel Topping
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 + Serve Warm
Bake for 1 hour, uncovered. (If you notice the streusel top becoming a little dark, cover with foil). Serve warm.
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.
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.
- Thanksgiving Stuffing
- Cornbread Stuffing
- Cornbread Sausage Stuffing
- Crockpot Mashed Potatoes
- Roasted Cauliflower
- Oven Roasted Brussel Sprouts
- Green Bean Casserole
- Macaroni & Cheese
- Cranberry Sauce
- Dinner Rolls
- and don’t forget the Turkey Gravy!
Or if you are looking for more sweet potato recipes, I’ve got you covered! 🙂
More Sweet Potato Recipes You’ll Love!
- Twice Baked Sweet Potato Recipe with Walnut Streusel
- Sweet Potato Cupcakes with Marshmallow Frosting
- Sweet Potato Cookies with Homemade Streusel
- Perfect Sweet Potato Pie
- Mashed Sweet Potatoes
Printable recipe card is below! Print it, pin it, or bookmark it for your holiday needs!
Sweet Potato Casserole
For the Sweet Potato Casserole:
- 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.