Sweet Potato Casserole Recipe

LAST UPDATED: Oct 12, 2020 | PUBLISHED: Oct 12, 2020 | By: Julie Blanner

A must have, melt in your mouth Sweet Potato Casserole Recipe that is a crowd pleasing side dish for Thanksgiving and Christmas. This dish will wow your guests, while taking just 10 minutes hands on time to make!

The easiest side dish to make ahead for the holidays, don’t skip this incredible classic sweet potato casserole!

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Originally published November 2014, updated October 2020.

Let’s celebrate life with something sweet and savory, shall we? This easy sweet potato casserole is no secret, but it is one of my favorite Thanksgiving side dishes.

Inspired by a classic side dish at one of our favorite steakhouses when we lived in Kansas City, this sweet potato casserole is old-fashioned and incredibly delicious.

A white oval baking dish filled with a sweet potato casserole, spoon lifting out a serving.

As a kid, I used to make a meal out of side dishes. I’m still not the biggest fan of turkey, but I am always thrilled to try each and every side at a Thanksgiving celebration! These sweet potatoes are not exception.

Bonus? My girls absolutely love them, too!

I’m obsessed with sweet potatoes (if you are too, you don’t want to miss my sweet potato gnocchi recipe, sweet potato fries, oven roasted sweet potatoes or smashed sweet potatoes), especially for fall! 

If you’re starting to think about creating an incredible Thanksgiving celebration, I’ve got it covered! Check out my comprehensive guides, including How to Host Thanksgiving, the 30 Amazing Thanksgiving Appetizers, and 20 Fall Centerpieces.

A white oval baking dish filled with a sweet potato casserole, spoon lifting out a serving.
A white oval baking dish filled with a sweet potato casserole, spoon lifting out a serving.

Why You’ll Love this Sweet Potato Casserole Recipe

This isn’t your grandma’s casserole, it’s a candied one – that even kids love! We call it a side dish, but it’s a dessert in disguise. If you love sweet and savory, this is the dish for you!

  • Perfect balanced sweet and savory flavors
  • so easy to throw together
  • feeds a crowd and easy to double or triple
  • can be made ahead
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Candied Sweet Potato Casserole Ingredients

I treat my Sweet Potato Casserole Recipe a little like a sweet potato pie using a little vanilla, and creating a crunchy crust with pecans and brown sugar.

  • Canned Sweet Potatoes – using canned sweet potatoes takes the work out of this recipe.
  • Sugar – white granulated. You can sub with brown sugar if you prefer.
  • Salt – to balance the sweet.
  • Vanilla Extract – it’s so easy to make your own homemade vanilla extract!
  • Eggs – large size eggs, these help bind the casserole.
  • Butter – salted butter works well, melted.

Topping

  • Brown Sugar – to help create a caramelized sweet topping
  • Flour – All-purpose flour for binding the topping ingredients and creating the flavor of a sweet potato pie
  • Pecans – these add the most delicious, savory crunch to balance all the creamy goodness of this sweet potato casserole!
  • Butter – melted salted butter is what I use because that’s generally what I have on hand, but you can use unsalted butter too.
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Variations

  • Use fresh sweet potatoes instead – simply peel, cube and boil until soft, about 20 minutes, before mashing.
  • Add marshmallows on top for a sticky sweet classic addition.

How To Make Sweet Potato Casserole

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease casserole dish.
  2. Combine first set of ingredients. A copper kitchen aid mixer with a glass bowl mixing sweet potatoes for a side dish.Mix well. Pour into casserole dish.
  3. Combine second set of ingredients & spoon on top of sweet potato mixture.
  4. Bake 30 minutes. Allow to cool 15 minutes before serving.
A marble surface with a white oval baking dish filled with sweet potato casserole.
A marble surface with a white oval baking dish filled with sweet potato casserole.

What To Serve With Sweet Potato Casserole

What is Sweet Potato Casserole?

I was first introduced to Sweet Potato Casserole at Ruth’s Chris. There are several copycat versions of their recipe with slight variations. This recipe includes canned or mashed sweet potatoes, sugar, salt, vanilla, eggs and butter and has a crunchy pecan topping made with brown sugar, flour, pecans and butter. It’s always a crowd pleaser!

Can you make this Thanksgiving side dish ahead of time?

You can make sweet potato casserole the day before and bake just before serving. It’s just one more reason to love that sweet potato goodness!

How long does sweet potato casserole last in the fridge?

For best results, make just a day in advance. You can store in an airtight container up to 3 days before baking and up to 4 days after.

Are yams and sweet potatoes the same thing?

At most grocery stores, they are sold as one and the same. However, in truth, they are entirely different. Authentic yams are a root vegetable most similar to yucca.

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Tips

  • Don’t skip the vanilla – it adds so much decadent fragrance to this dish.
  • Use my favorite lidded casserole dish for this Thanksgiving side – a great size and a bargain price point! Or try these classic Staub oval bakers for a beautiful serving option. My oval Staub pictured here is 12″ on the interior.

Shortcuts

  • The canned sweet potatoes in this recipe are the ultimate shortcut – nobody will ever know you used them!
  • Make it ahead! Simply bake when ready to serve.
A white oval baking dish filled with a sweet potato casserole, spoon lifting out a serving.

How to Store

  • At Room Temperature – Don’t leave this sweet potato casserole out for more than two hours.
  • Refrigerate – store in an airtight container up to 3 days before baking and up to 4 days after.
  • Freeze – store in an airtight container in the freezer for up to three months. You can make ahead and freeze before baking, or freeze your leftovers.

What to Do with Leftovers

  • Make sweet potato pancakes or waffles
  • Add it on top of toast for breakfast
  • Make sweet potato casserole muffins
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Dietary Considerations

  • Make it nut free by eliminating pecans
  • Make it gluten free by eliminating or replacing all purpose flour in topping
  • Vegetarian
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Sweet Potato Casserole Recipe

Julie Blanner
A must have, melt in your mouth Sweet Potato Casserole Recipe that is a crowd pleasing last minute side dish for Thanksgiving and Christmas. This Easy Sweet Potato Casserole is a dessert in disguise!
5 from 8 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 40 mins
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 12
Calories 353 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1 40 ounce can sweet potatoes strained 
  • 1 cup white granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla
  • 2 eggs
  • ½ cup butter melted

Topping

  • 1 cup brown sugar packed
  • cup flour
  • 1 cup pecans chopped or bits, 4.5 ounces
  • ½ cup butter melted

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease casserole dish.
  • In a large mixing bowl or stand mixer, combine sweet potatoes, sugar, salt, vanilla, eggs and melted butter.
  • Pour into casserole dish.
  • In a small mixing bowl with a spatula, spoon or fork, combine brown sugar, flour, pecans and butter. Spoon on top of sweet potato mixture.
  • Bake 30-35 minutes. Allow to cool 15 minutes before serving.

Notes

Tips and Variations

  • You can replace canned sweet potatoes with 3 cups mashed sweet potatoes.
  • This dish can be made ahead and baked when ready to serve.
  • Add marshmallows before baking for even more sticky sweet decadence! 

How to Store

  • At Room Temperature – Don’t leave this sweet potato casserole out for more than two hours.
  • Refrigerate – in an airtight container for up to five days.
  • Freeze – store in an airtight container in the freezer for up to three months. You can make ahead and freeze before baking, or freeze your leftovers.

Nutrition

Calories:353kcalCarbohydrates:39gProtein:2gFat:22gSaturated Fat:10gCholesterol:68mgSodium:345mgPotassium:72mgFiber:1gSugar:35gVitamin A:529IUVitamin C:1mgCalcium:30mgIron:1mg
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