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The Best Sweet Potato Casserole In The World! Proudly "Borrowed" From Outback Steak House

Updated on November 18, 2012

Like Sweet Potatoes? You Will Love This!

This sweet potato casserole is easy and decadent, and simply the best! This is the perfect side-dish for Thanksgiving, and with the exception of a few minor changes, is the same recipe used by Outback Steak House. An employee of Outback was so fond of this that she asked for the recipe, and then shared it with me.


  • 4 medium sweet potatoes, roasted on a cookie sheet in a 400 degree oven for 60-70 minutes or until done (when a fork is inserted easily).
  • 2/3 cup of brown sugar
  • 6 Tablespoons of butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon of nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon of allspice

After roasting the potatoes, scoop out the insides, mash and mix in the other ingredients. This part of the recipe can be done the day before Thanksgiving. Once mashed, put the sweet potatoes into a casserole dish; just make sure you leave enough room for the topping. Cover and refrigerate if you are doing this ahead of time. The topping is the only part that you will have to make on Thanksgiving Day.

And now for the Topping:


  • 1 Tablespoon of butter
  • 6 Tablespoons of chopped pecans
  • 1/4 cup of oats (not quick-cooking)
  • 2 Tablespoons of crushed corn flakes
  • 2 Tablespoons of brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon of cinnamon
  • miniature marshmallows, as needed, if desired-- I highly recommend using marshmallows

The original recipe is above. I double it to top a 2 quart casserole dish. I also add just a few more cornflakes. Make the topping by melting the butter in a medium-sized pot. Add everything but the brown sugar, marshmallows and cinnamon. Cook for 5 minutes, stirring, and being careful not to burn the mixture. Remove from heat and add the cinnamon and brown sugar. Top the casserole dish with the topping, spreading evenly. I then add the marshmallows to the top in a pattern as shown in the photo.

Bake in a 350 degree oven long enough to melt the marshmallows and brown the topping. If the potatoes are already warm, this can take as little as 30 minutes. If the potatoes are cold, go for 45 minutes.

Dessert or Side Dish?

This is a side dish, but so, so good that you might give up the pumpkin pie and have this for dessert, instead! That's what I do!

I haven't contributed any recipes in a long time, but with Thanksgiving just a few days away, I wanted to share something that I really love.

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!


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    Jillian Barclay 5 years ago from California, USA

    Dear Techicated,

    We had this on Thanksgiving and I was actually thinking of making it again this weekend!

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    Kathryn Kutny 5 years ago from New York State

    Wow I need to make that sometime. My husband would love that and so would I. I don't care if Thanksgiving has past, we can still cook it. Yum.

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    Jillian Barclay 5 years ago from California, USA

    Dear Lela,

    My grandaughter (10), said she didn't like sweet potatoes. She loved this! I don't ever stick hard and fast to any recipes. This year, to the topping I added more pecans, many more of the corn flakes (kept the brown sugar the same) and actually, less of the marshmallows- and yes! my granddaughter even said, "Wow, gram- this is like a pie, just with no crust!" Tou can use yams- I just like sweet potatoes more...

    I hope you had a joyous Thanksgiving and a beautiful second Thanksgiving!

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    CreatePerfection 5 years ago from Beautiful Colorado


    This recipe sounds wonderful. We went to our neice's home for Thanksgiving yesterday and had a lovely day and the food was great. My brother in law is coming to visit on Tuesday for a few days (my Sister died in 2004) and his lady friend is coming with him. We thought we would have Thanksgiving over again while they are here and I will be sure to make this recipe for them. Thank you Jillian.

    Blessings, love and light,


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    Jillian Barclay 5 years ago from California, USA

    It is excellent. I love sweet potatoes plain, just roasted in the oven; but this is a special treat!

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    peachy 5 years ago from Home Sweet Home

    delicious recipe. i love potato very much. Will try to bake one this week. thanks.


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