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Sweet Potato Casserole Recipe!

Updated on August 23, 2017
Sweet Potato Casserole with nuts and marshmallows!
Sweet Potato Casserole with nuts and marshmallows! | Source

My Favorite Recipe for Sweet Potato Casserole!

Sweet Potato Casserole is a must have at Thanksgiving for my family. I grew up having it, and now I serve it to my own kids. It just wouldn't be Thanksgiving without it!

But why not enjoy it year round? Christmas? Valentine's Day? Easter? Tomorrow's dinner? It's quite easy to make, and very yummy! Oh, but shhh! We won't tell the kids that sweet potatoes are full of nutrition too!

Are you wondering what this dish is all about? It's delicious sweet potatoes with just a hint of cinnamon, covered in a scrumptious layer of crunchy pecans and brown sugar, and topped with delicately toasted marshmallows! Mmm....!

Keep reading, and I'll share my family's recipe for this delectable dish with you! If you give it a try, please come back and let me know how you like it! You'll find a guestbook at the bottom of the page that's there for your comments and questions!

Sweet Potato Casserole


  • 8 or 9 medium sweet potatoes (about 4 cups of mashed cooked sweet potatoes)
  • 1/2 cup of sugar
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • ~~TOPPING Ingredients:~~
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 4 tbs of margarine or butter
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • 1/2 bag of mini marshmellows


  1. Wash and bake sweet potatoes at 350 F until done (1 1/2 to 2 hours). Squeeze one of the larger ones a little to see if it's done. They should be easy to squeeze when they are done. Allow them to cool for at least thirty minutes. Cut them in half and scoop out the potato into a large bowl. Mash the potatoes with a fork or a hand blender.
  2. Add the white sugar, salt, eggs, and water to the potatoes and mix well. Place the mixture in a large greased casserole dish. Use a big enough casserole dish that will allow you plenty of room to add the nut topping and the marshmallows later. If the marshmallows overflow the dish as they melt, you'll end up with a mess in your oven. (If you think that might happen, put a layer of foil under the casserole dish while it's in the oven.)
  3. Mix the flour and brown sugar together. Cut in the margarine or butter, using a fork. After it's well mixed, add the pecans and mix again. Put the topping on the sweet potatoes. Bake at 350 for 30 minutes.
  4. After 30 minutes of baking time, remove the casserole from the oven and add a layer of mini marshmallows on the top. Return the casserole to the oven and bake until the marshmallows are slightly browned - around 5 minutes to 15 minutes. I usually turn the temperature down to about 250 degrees when I put the casserole back in the oven. This helps the marshmallows not burn, but it does add extra cooking time as well.
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Tip 1

Place a layer of foil under the sweet potatoes while baking them. This will save on clean up later!

CorningWare French White II 3-Quart Oblong Dish
CorningWare French White II 3-Quart Oblong Dish

This would make a pretty dish to bake and serve your Sweet Potato Casserole in! In fact, you can make casseroles ahead and freeze them in this dish too!


Sweet Potato Casserole - With Nuts, Marshmallows, or Both?

Sweet Potato Casserole with Marshmallow topping
Sweet Potato Casserole with Marshmallow topping | Source
Sweet Potato Casserole with nut topping (just before being baked in the oven)
Sweet Potato Casserole with nut topping (just before being baked in the oven) | Source

What type of topping do you prefer on your Sweet Potato Casserole?

Do you prefer a nut topping, a marshmallow topping, or both?

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Tip 2

I often bake the sweet potatoes the night before. With this part of the job out of the way, preparing the rest of the casserole is a snap!

If you'll be short of time the following day, why not also go ahead and mash the sweet potatoes, and mix them with the water, sugar, salt, and cinnamon. Store them in the fridge overnight. Just add the eggs the following day, place it in a casserole dish, and add the topping!

Nutrition of Sweet Potatoes

Sweet potatoes are full of Vitamin A in the form of beta carotene. They also contain vitamin C, vitamin B6, copper, pantothenic acid, biotin, potassium, fiber and other nutrients. Did you know they also contain anti-inflammatory ingredients?

Homemade Cranberry Sauce?

We tried the Double Cranberry Apple Sauce (see photo and recipe below) last year for Thanksgiving and LOVED it! We'll be making it again this year too!

Other Vegetarian Sides - To Serve With Your Sweet Potato Casserole

Cranberry Apple Sauce
Cranberry Apple Sauce | Source

Are you serving Sweet Potato Casserole for Thanksgiving Dinner? - It's a tradition in our house! It wouldn't be Thanksgiving without it!

If you're in the US, will you be having Sweet Potato Casserole for Thanksgiving Dinner?

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Think You'll Give This Sweet Potato Casserole Recipe A Try? I'd love to hear from you!

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      Perrin 3 years ago from South Carolina

      Thanks for sharing a great recipe! I usually wing it when I make this, but you and I use a lot of the same ingredients.

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      David Gardner 4 years ago from San Francisco Bay Area, California

      Wow. We have sweet potatoes around our house all the time ... good alternative to regular potatoes. Yum.

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      Evelyn Saenz 4 years ago from Royalton

      Sweet potatoes are yummy but I have never thought much of the idea of adding marshmallows to them. They are already sweet enough for me. I like my sweet potatoes mashed smooth so the nuts don't appeal either. I do, however, like the way you have set up this lens. Got me reading all the way through. Nice lens!

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      Lee 4 years ago from Derbyshire, UK

      Nice lens - sweet potato rocks!

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      traveller27 4 years ago

      Back for another look - sounds good!

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      traveller27 4 years ago

      Looks really good.

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      JanieceTobey 4 years ago

      @careermom: I've never tried making it with marshmallow cream, but it's certainly worth a try! Even if it melts, I think it will still be delicious! Maybe supervise it closely while it's in the oven after you put the marshmallow cream on it, and take the dish out of the oven if the marshmallow cream is starting to melt. Or skip the marshmallow cream altogether, and just use the nut topping. If you give it a try with the marshmallow cream, I'd love to know how it does!

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      PestControlEasternSuburbs 5 years ago

      I'm not in the U.S., and I've never heard of sweet potato casserole. It sounds more like a dessert than a casserole, thought!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I love all the variations you've provided!

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      Renaissance Woman 5 years ago from Colorado

      Sweet potato casserole is my favorite dish at Thanksgiving. Thanks for sharing your recipe. Appreciated!

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      Clairissa 5 years ago from OREFIELD, PA

      Sounds like an awesome recipe!

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      happynutritionist 5 years ago

      Like Ruthi, I was thinking of baking our sweet potatoes or yams this year, but this sounds like it might be fun to try - I'm hosting Thanksgiving at my home this year.

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      Ruthi 5 years ago

      I generally prefer baked sweet potatoes but your recipe for sweet potato casserole sounds yummy, with nuts!

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      Michey LM 5 years ago

      Just in time, I will try your recipe. Great idea.

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      AlleyCatLane 5 years ago

      Sounds delicious. A must have for Thanksgiving and Christmas meals.

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      casquid 5 years ago

      My family has sweet potato casserole every year at Thanksgiving and Christmas. I love it. Thanks for your take on it, though.

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      Deb Kingsbury 5 years ago from Flagstaff, Arizona

      I really like sweet potato casserole ... when OTHER people make it. I SO botched this dish one year, when I tried to make it to bring to a Thanksgiving dinner. Had to make a quick run to the grocery store to get something to bring, because the casserole literally went to the birds.

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      VeseliDan 5 years ago

      It really sounds delicious so i have to try it out!

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      careermom 5 years ago

      I'm a vegetarian and don't use marshmallows because i've never found any that don't contain gelatin. I use marshmallow cream, which I can find without gelatin, in other recipes. I've never tried sweet potato casserole and am wondering if there would be a way to use marshmallow cream with that too or if it would simply melt into a blob.

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 5 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      My aunt used to make the best Sweet Potato Casserole. She called it Senator Russell's Recipe.

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      Othercatt 6 years ago

      I lost my recipe and I didn't know what I was going to do but your recipe sounds delish! Thanks for sharing it!

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      emmaklarkins 6 years ago

      This recipe makes me sad, because I love it so much, but my family refuses to let me make it! They think it is too sweet!

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      Char Milbrett 6 years ago from Minnesota

      thanks for this lens! I will definitely try this recipe, eventually.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I am not a dessert kind of person. I love to make sweet potatoes for my dinner though, all by themselves with just a little butter on them. Yum

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      boutiqueshops 6 years ago

      YUM! looks great! I'll have to try yours to compare it to mine! Happy New Year!

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      hlkljgk 6 years ago from Western Mass

      looks yummy. just remember to use vegetarian marshmallows (most store bought ones contain gelatin). sweet & sara's makes a great vegan mashmallow - minis, too: dandies is another veg-safe brand.

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      Anthony Godinho 6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Nice short and sweet lens on sweet potato casserole recipe...looks and sounds yummy! Thanks for sharing your recipe and tips! :)

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      mmmmm......comfort food with marshmallows, have to have marshmallow for it to be right, that's what my Mom did too!