This Old Fashioned Sweet Potato Casserole is so delicious and made the traditional way our Grandma's made it. The streusel topping along with toasted marshmallows and pecans create the best Holiday flavors. This is a must try Thanksgiving Side Dish and it's ready in an hour!
I'm going to be entirely honest, I was never a person that got excited for sweet potato casserole. That is, until I met this guy! This recipe tastes more like dessert than sweet potatoes and is the perfect, over the top dish to serve at Thanksgiving. Even my kids love it!
Why You'll Love This Recipe:
- It's really simple to make and uses easy ingredients!
- It is a budget friendly recipe. Sweet potatoes are usually on sale at the grocery store in the Fall and the other ingredients, you most likely already have.
- This recipe is decadent and is even great for those guests who don't eat veggies.
If you are looking for more Thanksgiving recipes, be sure to check out my Whipped Sweet Potatoes (a great option to serve along these, in case anyone is looking for a healthier option with less sugar).
Fresh Sweet Potatoes: A must have item for thanksgiving, and high in nutrients
Whole Milk: Adds a creamy texture to the sweet potato base layer
Brown Sugar & Flour: For sweetness and to create the crumbly, crunchy, streusel topping
Vanilla Extract & Cinnamon: For extra holiday flavors
Butter: To create richness and for the crumble topping
Pecans & Marshmallows: For toasted goodness and the classic sweet potato casserole look
See the recipe card below for the full recipe ingredients and quantities.
How to Make this Old Fashioned Sweet Potato Casserole:
Step 1: Bring a large pot of water to a boil on the stovetop. Peel the sweet potatoes and cut into equally sized chunks. This helps them cook faster.
Step 2: Once the water comes to a boil, add in the sweet potatoes. Boil them until you can easily stick a fork into them and they break apart. It takes about 15 minutes. Strain the water from the sweet potatoes and set aside.
Step 3: Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Make the Streusel Crunch topping: Into a medium bowl, whisk together the flour and ⅓ cup brown sugar. Then, add in ¼ cup of melted butter (this is half of the butter, save the rest) Mix this mixture up with a fork until it looks like wet sand and set aside.
Step 4: Into a Stand Mixer bowl or large bowl, add in the remaining ¼ cup of melted butter, ⅓ cup brown sugar, vanilla extract, cinnamon, salt and sweet potatoes. Mix on low speed to combine. Then, add in the milk and mix with a beater attachment or mash up very well with a potato masher. We want this nice and creamy, with no large chunks of sweet potato.
Step 5: Spread the sweet potatoes into the casserole dish and smooth the top with a spoon or icing spatula. Next, sprinkle over the streusel topping.
Step 6: Top with mini marshmallows and pecans. Bake for 25 minutes.
Step 7: Remove from the oven and allow to cool for at least 10 minutes before serving. Enjoy!
- Make sure you cook the sweet potatoes until very tender and they split apart with a fork.
- For the best textured streusel topping, allow the melted butter to cool a bit before mixing with the flour and brown sugar.
- Watch the marshmallows closely in the oven. They get toasty quick! If they look like they are starting to burn, move the casserole dish to the bottom rack or cover the casserole dish with tin foil.
Yes, move through the steps until after the brown sugar topping and cover with plastic wrap. Top with marshmallows and pecans right before baking.
Absolutely! You could also use walnuts in place of the pecans if you prefer.
Save time on the recipe by buying the sweet potatoes already peeled and chopped in the fresh produce isle. They are usually next to the cubed butternut squash. If you can't find these, give the peeling job to someone else in the family. I usually look for someone who is being lazy.
Seal the top of the casserole dish with plastic wrap or pack individual squares of casserole into sealed containers and store in the fridge for up to 3 days.
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