Sweet Potato Casserole

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This easy Sweet Potato Casserole topped with pecans and marshmallows is a traditional side at our family Thanksgiving table.

This comforting dish unites tenderly mashed sweet potatoes, brown sugar and butter with a hint of cinnamon.

It is all crowned with pillowy soft marshmallows and toasty pecans to create a sweet and savory masterpiece you will fall in love with!

Classic Sweet Potato Casserole with marshmallows and toasty pecans throughout is a traditional side at our family Thanksgiving table.

 

I love turkey dinner… not for the turkey per se, more for the stuffing and the sides that go along with it like this amazing casserole.

This Sweet Potato Casserole is fairly simple and traditional leaving the flavors of the sweet potatoes and pecans to really shine through.

This almost dessert-like side dish is perfect for Thanksgiving, Easter or Christmas but simple enough to serve for Sunday supper too!

The sweet potato is a nutritional powerhouse; a source of beta-carotene, as well as Vitamin C and potassium. Cooked sweet potatoes are also a good source of fibre.

Not only are they nutritious and delicious; the best part is sweet potatoes are not expensive meaning this easy side won’t break the bank!

This easy Sweet Potato Casserole features buttery sweet potatoes, pecans and marshmallows. This is the perfect side dish for turkey dinner!

I prefer to peel and cube my sweet potatoes before boiling to cut down on cooking time.  You can certainly boil them whole (they’ll need about 20-25 minutes) and peel them once they’re cooked.

Using a potato masher to mash sweet potatoes by hand allows you to leave a little bit of texture.  If you prefer them completely silky smooth, you can certainly use a hand mixer to make them fluffy.

We always make a simple sweet potato casserole with marshmallow and pecans but you can also add a delicious crumble topping, or a splash of bourbon for a yummy Bourbon Sweet Potato casserole!

Simple and traditional, this easy Sweet Potato Casserole is the perfect turkey dinner side dish. Buttery sweet potatoes are topped with toasty pecans and marshmallows and baked until golden.

This easy sweet potato casserole can be prepared well ahead of time and refrigerated overnight to make meal prep a breeze.

If you do refrigerate it before baking, I would suggest removing it from the fridge at least 30 minutes before baking.

I heat it for about 20 minutes and then add the topping and cook an additional 15-20 minutes as cold sweet potatoes take much longer to heat through.

This recipe makes quite a large casserole so if you are only serving your family you may choose to cut the recipe in half. Or better yet, make the recipe as is and enjoy leftovers the next day!

This Sweet Potato Casserole is perfect for any special occasion yet is so easy – you will want to serve it all the time!

Classic Sweet Potato Casserole with pecans throughout is topped with pecans and marshmallows is a traditional side at our family Thanksgiving table.

The addition of pecans and marshmallows really add a crunchy, crisp topping that pairs so nicely with those soft, buttery mashed sweet potatoes. Once you try it, you’ll see why this sweet potato casserole makes an appearance next to Cranberry Millionaire Salad and Bacon Green Bean Bundles at every special occasion.

Sweet Potato Casserole

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Ingredients:

  • 3 lbs sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into cubes
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1/3 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup chopped pecans, divided
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon, or to taste
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 2 cups miniature marshmallows

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Grease a 9 x 13 pan.
  2. Place sweet potatoes in a pot of boiling water. Simmer for 15 minutes or until fork tender. Drain.
  3. In a large bowl (or in the pot the potatoes were cooked in), mash the sweet potatoes with brown sugar, butter, cinnamon, vanilla and salt & pepper.
  4. Fold in half of the pecans and spread into prepared pan.
  5. Sprinkle with the marshmallows and the remaining pecans.
  6. Bake for 25 minutes or until marshmallows are golden brown and potatoes are heated through.

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This easy Sweet Potato Casserole with marshmallows and pecans is a traditional side at our family Thanksgiving table.
This easy Sweet Potato Casserole with marshmallows and pecans is a traditional side at our family Thanksgiving table.

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Holly Nilsson

Holly is a wine and cheese lover, recipe creator, shopping enthusiast and self appointed foodie. Her greatest passion is creating in the kitchen and making deliciously comforting recipes for the everyday home cook!

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