This classic, easy-to-make sweet potato casserole is as delicious as a dessert with a brown sugar and pecan crumb topping. A MUST MAKE for Thanksgiving!
I first tried sweet potato casserole when my sister-in-law made it for Thanksgiving and I wanted to eat the whole pan! In fact, I think I had more sweet potato casserole instead of pie at dessert time, that is how good it is!
This sweet potato casserole is so easy to put together and is sure to become a holiday tradition after just one bite.
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Where is the Sweet Potato Casserole Recipe? In this post, I will share step-by-step instructions with photos for how to make the sweet potato casserole, as well as answering FAQs about the recipe and sharing a video. But you can go directly to the recipe by scrolling down to the bottom of the post.
How To Make Sweet Potato Casserole
Step One: Crumb Topping
First mix up the ingredients to make the crumb topping and set it aside.
This is the BEST part of the sweet potato casserole and it basically turns the sweet potatoes from a healthy vegetable to an irresistible dessert.
Step Two: Sweet Potato Casserole Mixture
An easy way to save time is to buy mashed or canned sweet potatoes rather than starting from scratch.
For mashed sweet potatoes I used the Simply Potatoes brand and found them in the refrigerated section of the grocery store near the other ready-made foods.
When using canned sweet potatoes they will need to be drained before adding them.
There are also instant sweet potatoes that would work for this casserole.
Use a hand mixer or stand mixer to beat the sweet potato casserole mixture until smooth.
Step Three: Assemble the Sweet Potato Casserole
Any casserole dish will work but using a wide, shallow casserole dish allows the crumb topping to cover more of the sweet potatoes and everyone gets some of that goodness in their serving.
Cover the casserole with the sweet potato crumb topping and spread it out evenly.
Step Four: Bake Sweet Potato Casserole
Bake until the crumb topping is golden brown and the sweet potatoes are heated through.
Sweet Potato Casserole FAQs
1. Can sweet potato casserole be made ahead of time? Yes, it can be made ahead of time! Mix the crumb topping and put it in a ziptop bag. Beat the sweet potato mixture, spread in the casserole dish, cover and store in the fridge overnight. When ready to bake, add the crumb topping.
2. Where are the marshmallows? We don’t use them but mini marshmallows can be added after 30 minutes of baking. Return to the oven to melt and toast the mini marshmallows.
3. How can I make sweet potato casserole in a slow cooker? It can be made in a slow cooker but the crumb topping won’t be the same texture. Follow the recipe but use a slow cooker instead of a casserole dish. Cover and cook on high for 2 1/2-4 hours.
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Sweet Potato Casserole
- In a small bowl, combine brown sugar, chopped pecans, flour, and butter for the crumb topping. Set aside.
- Beat the mashed sweet potatoes, granulated sugar, milk, melted butter, eggs, vanilla, and salt until smooth. Spread in a greased, shallow casserole dish.
- Cover evenly with the crumb topping.
- Bake at 350˚F for 30-35 minutes until golden brown and heated through.