The BEST Sweet Potato Casserole

The BEST Sweet Potato Casserole. Creamy sweet potatoes baked with a crunchy pecan streusel topping! The perfect easy side dish for Thanksgiving!

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Easy Sweet Potato Casserole

Classic Sweet Potato Casserole was never my favorite Thanksgiving side dish until now. I prefer my Sweet Potato Casserole not too sweet and love the crunch of the streusel topping versus marshmallows. This casserole has the perfect amount of sweetness and is topped with a cinnamon pecan streusel topping. It is the perfect combination of buttery and crunchy with the perfect amount of spice.

I start by boiling the sweet potatoes then mashing them with a bit of milk, eggs, brown sugar, vanilla and butter. For the streusel I combine chopped pecans, brown sugar, cinnamon, flour and butter. I sprinkle on the streusel topping and bake the casserole until warmed through and golden brown on top.

Enjoy this Sweet Potato Casserole Recipe as a side dish for your Thanksgiving meal. Enjoy!

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How to make Sweet Potato Casserole

  • Make sweet potato filling: Boil sweet potatoes until fork tender, drain and place back into pot. Add in butter, milk, sugar, vanilla, salt and eggs to the sweet potatoes. Using a masher mix until smooth and creamy. Layer the sweet potatoes into the bottom of a 9 x 13 pan sprayed with nonstick cooking spray.
  • Make pecan topping: Combine flour, light brown sugar, butter, salt, cinnamon and pecans in a medium bowl. Set aside.
  • Bake: Top with the streusel and bake for 25-30 minutes in a 350 degree oven or until golden brown. Serve immediately.
  • Store: Any leftovers can be stored in an airtight container for up to 4 days.
  • Reheat: To reheat leftovers place casserole covered in aluminum foil in a 350 degree oven for 25 minutes or until heated through.

Can this be made in advance?

  • Yes! Prepare the filling and topping as directed. Cover and place in the refrigerator overnight. When you are ready to eat bake the casserole in a 350 degree oven for 25-30 minutes!

Can this be frozen?

Yes! If you are planning to make this casserole ahead of time I would cook and cool the sweet potato mixture and store in an airtight ziplock bag and freeze. When you are ready to eat thaw overnight in the refrigerator. Prepare the pecan streusel as directed and spread on top of the sweet potato mixture. Bake in a 350 degree oven for 25-3 minutes and enjoy! Leftovers can be frozen as well up to 3 months. Reheat the same way just cover the top with aluminum foil. For the last minute or so of baking remove the foil and broil for 1-2 minutes to re toast the streusel.

Tips

  • The sweet potatoes can be cooked in the crockpot or instant pot instead of boiled on the stove top.
  • If you prefer a marshmallow topping simply omit the streusel and top the sweet potato mixture with 3-4 cups of mini marshmallows.

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Sweet Potato Casserole

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour
Servings: 6 -8
The BEST Sweet Potato Casserole. Creamy sweet potatoes baked with a crunchy pecan streusel topping!

Ingredients

Sweet Potato Casserole

  • 3 cups mashed sweet potatoes about 3 to 4 large potatoes
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup 2% milk
  • 1/4 cup light brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 large eggs

Streusel Topping

  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup light brown sugar
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter melted
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 cup pecans chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

Instructions

Sweet Potato Casserole

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and grease a 9 x 13 pan with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. Boil sweet potatoes until fork tender, drain and place back into pot.
  3. Add in butter, milk, sugar, vanilla, salt and eggs to the sweet potatoes. Using a masher mix until smooth and creamy.
  4. Layer the sweet potatoes into the bottom of the prepared dish.
  5. Top with the streusel and bake for 25-30 minutes or until golden brown. Serve immediately.

Streusel Topping

  1. Combine all of the ingredients in a medium bowl. Set aside.

Recipe Notes

Adapted from Food Network

Nutrition Facts
Sweet Potato Casserole
Amount Per Serving
Calories 569.77 Calories from Fat 295
% Daily Value*
Fat 32.77g50%
Saturated Fat 13.75g86%
Cholesterol 106.3mg35%
Sodium 370.61mg16%
Potassium 405.01mg12%
Carbohydrates 64.92g22%
Fiber 4.09g17%
Sugar 40.29g45%
Protein 6.91g14%
Vitamin A 10125.95IU203%
Vitamin C 1.78mg2%
Calcium 101.69mg10%
Iron 2.06mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Easy side dish, Fall Recipes, Streusel Topping, Sweet Potato Casserole, Sweet potatoes, Thanksgiving recipes

Originally published November 19, 2018