Sweet Potato Casserole Recipe

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  • 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!

    Serving Sweet Potato Casserole

    Let’s end the week 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. I’m obsessed with sweet potatoes (if you are too, you don’t want to miss my sweet potato gnocchi recipe or smashed sweet potatoes), especially for fall! 

    To Make Candied Sweet Potato Casserole, You Will Need:

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

    • Canned sweet potatoes
    • Sugar and salt
    • Vanilla extract: Pure extract is preferable to imitation.
    • Eggs: As fresh as you can and oragnic / free run if possible.
    • Butter
    • Brown sugar, flour, pecans and butter: For the crunch sweet topping

    How To Make This Sweet Potato Casserole – Step by Step 

    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!

    1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease casserole dish.
    2. Combine first set of ingredients. 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.

    What To Serve With Sweet Potato Casserole

    This casserole is just perfect to serve along with your thanksgiving feast – be sure to check out these other posts for more inspiration for your holiday plans!

    Sweet Potato Casserole with pecans in a white pot

    Frequently Asked Questions

    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 it 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 7 after.

    the side dish served on a table

    Top Tips To Make This Recipe

    • You can replace canned sweet potatoes with 3 cups mashed sweet potatoes.
    • This dish can be made ahead and baked when ready to serve.
    • Serve with all of your favorite holiday sides, and of course, turkey!

    Easy Sweet Potato Casserole being served with text overlay

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    Sweet Potato Casserole Recipe

    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!
    Course Side Dish
    Cuisine American
    Keyword easy sweet potato casserole recipe, make ahead Thanksgiving side dish, sweet potato side dish
    Prep Time 10 minutes
    Cook Time 30 minutes
    Total Time 40 minutes
    Servings 12
    Calories 353 kcal

    Ingredients

    • 1 large can sweet potatoes strained 
    • 1 c sugar
    • 1 tsp salt
    • 1 Tbsp vanilla
    • 2 eggs
    • 1/2 c butter melted

    Topping:

    • 1 c brown sugar
    • 1/3 c flour
    • 1 c pecans chopped
    • 1/2 c butter melted

    Instructions

    1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease casserole dish.
    2. Combine first set of ingredients. 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.

    Recipe Notes

    • You can replace canned sweet potatoes with 3 cups mashed sweet potatoes.
    • This dish can be made ahead and baked when ready to serve.
    • Serve with all of your favorite holiday sides, and of course, turkey!
    Nutrition Facts
    Sweet Potato Casserole Recipe
    Amount Per Serving
    Calories 353 Calories from Fat 198
    % Daily Value*
    Fat 22g34%
    Saturated Fat 10g50%
    Cholesterol 68mg23%
    Sodium 345mg14%
    Potassium 72mg2%
    Carbohydrates 39g13%
    Fiber 1g4%
    Sugar 35g39%
    Protein 2g4%
    Vitamin A 529IU11%
    Vitamin C 1mg1%
    Calcium 30mg3%
    Iron 1mg6%
    * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

    Originally published November 2014, updated October 2018.

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