Sweet Potato Casserole – A Favorite Thanksgiving Side

My Sweet Potato Casserole is my family’s most popular dish at Thanksgiving! Creamy, cinnamony and oh so sweet and topped with plenty of crunchy crumbs. It’s like having dessert with your dinner. Once you taste it, you’ll never want to do without it again!  

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Easy Sweet Potato Casserole with No Marshmallow

I love sweet potatoes but I have a family that really doesn’t care for this delicious & healthy tuber. But what’s Thanksgiving without a sweet potato casserole? I know, right?!

Sweet Potato Casserole mashed | 2 Cookin Mamas

So a number of years ago, we won’t get into how many that is, I set about to make a recipe that would get everyone in my family excited about eating sweet potatoes. It took a few tries but I finally landed on just the right combination of sweetness and spice, and of course crumbs, that made my family crazy about sweet potatoes.

Sweet Potato Casserole ready for oven | 2 Cookin Mamas

I have to warn you that this sweet potato casserole is addictive! It tastes like you are enjoying dessert for dinner, a la sweet potato pie. It has creamy mashed sweet potatoes, combined with butter, cinnamon and sugar then it’s loaded with a sugar-pecan crumb mixture that is out of this world.

Sweet Potato Casserole 1 | 2 Cookin Mamas

Easy to Make Ahead and Freeze It

One of the nice things I love about this casserole, is the ability to make it ahead of time and freeze it until the day before Thanksgiving. Let it thaw overnight in the refrigerator then cook as directed. No need to worry about last minute prep with this side dish. And it can be cooked right beside your turkey! Just another easy way to take the stress out of the holidays.

Sweet Potato Casserole bite | 2 Cookin Mamas

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Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
50 mins
Total Time
1 hr 10 mins
Our Sweet Potato Casserole is our most popular dish at Thanksgiving! Creamy, cinnamony and oh so sweet and topped with plenty of crunchy crumbs, it's like having dessert with your dinner.
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keywords: easy sweet potato casserole, Sweet potato casserole with pecans
Servings: 10 servings
Calories: 467 kcal
Author: Linda Warren
  • 3 cups mashed cooked sweet potatoes
  • 3/4 cup sugar (I cut the sugar content down to 1/2 cup with no discernible difference)
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 cup butter, melted
  • 1 cup pecans, chopped
  • 1 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 cup self-rising flour (see below for gluten-free option)
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Coat a 2-1/2-quart casserole or 11” x 7” x 2” baking dish with nonstick cooking spray or butter. 
  3. In a large bowl, combine the potatoes, sugar, milk, eggs, salt, vanilla, nutmeg, cinnamon and 1/2 cup melted butter. Stir well. 
  4. Pour into prepared dish.
  5. In a small bowl, combine the remaining ½ cup butter, pecans, brown sugar and flour. Crumble over potatoes.
  6. Bake 50 minutes or until casserole is heated through. Serve hot.
Recipe Notes

To make this recipe Gluten-free/GMO friendly substitute almond milk for regular milk, coconut sugar or Turbinado for the white sugar and make your own self-rising gluten-free flour.

To make flour combine 1 cup gluten-free flour with 1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder and 1/4 teaspoon salt. You can make this ahead of time and stored in an airtight container for as long as the gluten-free flour would last on its own.

Nutrition Facts
Amount Per Serving
Calories 467 Calories from Fat 243
% Daily Value*
Fat 27g42%
Saturated Fat 13g65%
Cholesterol 82mg27%
Sodium 444mg19%
Potassium 234mg7%
Carbohydrates 55g18%
Fiber 3g12%
Sugar 39g43%
Protein 4g8%
Vitamin A 6281IU126%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 59mg6%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


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  • Reply
    10/31/2016 at 10:31 am

    This looks so good! Do you think you need any sugar in the mashed potatoes? Could you only use sugar in the topping?

    • Reply
      Linda Warren
      10/31/2016 at 10:45 am

      The sugar sweetens the potatoes similar to a sweet potato pie. You could try reducing the sugar to 1/4 cup in the casserole itself since the topping is quite sweet. I have never tried it since everyone loves it just the way it is and just to get them to eat sweet potatoes with me is a plus. Let me know if you try it with less sugar as I’d be interested in the results.

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