This classic Sweet Potato Casserole is great on your Thanksgiving table and also a perfect side dish that can be enjoyed any time of the year. It is filled with a delicious sweet potato mixture and topped with crunchy pecans and marshmallows.
Sweet Potato Casserole is one of those classic dishes that originates in the Midwest but is enjoyed by people everywhere. It is SO easy to make and it is SO delicious. This dish is typically made for Thanksgiving dinner, but goes great with any holiday or any-day meal.
How can you go wrong with buttery, sugary sweet potatoes topped with crunchy pecans and gooey marshmallows? It’s a sweet potato lover’s dream come true! The prep for this recipe is minimal, cook time is short and you can easily prep it ahead of time and bake just before serving.
HOW TO MAKE EASY SWEET POTATO CASSEROLE
Boil approximately 5 pounds of peeled and cubed sweet potatoes in a large saucepan for about 20 minutes, or until a fork is easily inserted into the centers.
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F and spray a 9x13 casserole dish with cooking spray. Drain the cooked sweet potatoes and mash them using a potato masher or hand mixer. If you use a hand mixer, be sure not to over-mix or the potatoes will become gluey. Add the eggs, 1/4 cup butter, milk, pumpkin pie spice and brown sugar and mix! Spread the mixture in an even layer in the prepared dish.
Combine pecans, butter, flour and brown sugar in a large bowl and mix well. Spread the pecan topping over the sweet potato layer (there will be gaps! this is ok!).
Bake for 25 minutes in the preheated oven. Add mini marshmallows in an even layer 5 minutes before time is up. ENJOY!
TIPS: MAKE THE BEST SWEET POTATO SIDE DISH POSSIBLE!
This sweet potato casserole with marshmallows recipe calls for 1 cup of brown sugar total, but feel free to replace some or all of it with maple syrup, honey or agave nectar.
To make this recipe nut-free, replace the pecans with crushed pretzels!
Some of my readers are not fans of the marshmallows on top (it might be a Minnesota thing?), so feel free to omit them if desired.
CAN I MAKE SWEET POTATO CASSEROLE IN ADVANCE?
Yes! That is one of the things I love about this recipe. Prep Sweet Potato Casserole up to 2 days before baking, but leave the streusel topping and marshmallows off until just before you put it in the oven. This will save you 30 minutes, which is extremely valuable, especially if you are making this casserole on a holiday!
OTHER MAKE AHEAD THANKSGIVING RECIPE IDEAS
Homemade Cranberry Sauce can also be made a day ahead. Be sure to press plastic wrap directly onto the surface of the sauce before refrigerating.
Make the dessert ahead of time to save yourself a ton of time! These TOTALLY DELICIOUS Pumpkin Bars stay perfectly fresh when stored in a covered container in the fridge for up to 3 days.
THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN SWEET POTATOES AND YAMS
I was confused for so many years after cutting into a sweet potato only to find white flesh. Was it really a sweet potato or was it a yam? It is rare to find an actual yam in a U.S. grocery store. What you are seeing when you go to the store are two varieties of sweet potatoes. Crazy, right?!
What is labeled "yam" at the store is actually a sweet potato with brown skin and dark orange flesh. What is labeled "sweet potato" at the store is a sweet potato with lighter skin and also lighter flesh. This variety is more firm in texture and not as fluffy when cooked. When you purchase sweet potatoes for this dish, you will want to purchase the "yam" variety! No more potato confusion, phew!
OTHER DELICIOUS SWEET POTATO RECIPES
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Turn Mashed Potatoes into mashed sweet potatoes!
I'm so excited to hear how these turn out for you! Please stop back and let me know if you and your family loved them. Thanks for being here, friends!