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Sweet Potato Casserole with a Pecan Topping

This Sweet Potato Casserole is a perfect holiday side dish. The popular casserole is easy to make, travels well and pleases a crowd every time. Made with a crunchy sugared pecan topping, it’s a creamy side that pairs beautifully with ham, turkey, or Christmas roast.

Sweet Potato Casserole

Our Sweet potato Cinnamon Cake, Sweet potato Apple Bread and Sweet potato pumpkin pie are also great holiday recipes. Homemade Food Junkie has plenty of good ideas for homemade additions to your Holiday meal. Need an appetizer? Try our Bacon wrapped Sweet Potatoes!

We are all familiar with the iconic sweet potato casserole topped with toasted marshmallows. It’s a sweet side that most of us grew up with. We love this recipe for it’s slightly less sweet profile and the delicious nutty texture that compliments and balances the creamy sweet potato mash.

Why is Sweet Potato Casserole a thing?

Sweet Potato casserole came about as a way to market the beloved marshmallow candy which was still new to the American culture. The history of marshmallow used for medicinal purposes dates back to Egypt and the marshmallow plant. It was used for sore throats and other ailments. Before too long, a sweet non medicinal treat was born.

Marshmallows had a long, slow journey to fame being introduced to America in the early 1900’s. Marketers were looking for ways to encourage cooks to embrace the candy in their recipes and make it an everyday cooking ingredient. The Sweet Potato casserole was created with a marshmallow topping and marketed as a holiday side dish.

Sweet Potato Casserole Serving On A White Plate With The Casserole Dish In The Background.
A light fluffy cloud of sweet potato puree topped with crunchy pecans. So good!

Why do you put eggs in Sweet Potato Casserole?

Eggs are an important binder in Sweet Potato casserole, they enrich and thicken it without making it too heavy. Sweet Potatoes have a good amount of liquid and will become a runny mess on their own. Eggs help to combat the wet consistency and hold it together to create that casserole texture.

Make sure your mash is slightly cooled before adding the eggs to prevent them from cooking and creating bits of egg throughout the dish.

Sweet Potato Casserole Bite On A Fork With The Casserole In The Background.
Sweet Potato Casserole is light cloud of flavor topped with a bit of crunchy pecans.

What can I put on Sweet Potato Casserole?

Besides the traditional marshmallow topping, there are some options for how you can top your Sweet Potato casserole. We love this candied pecan topping, but here are some other ideas for you to try as well

  • A simple butter pecan crumble
  • Salted and roasted pecans
  • A mixture of marshmallows and toasted pecans
  • A traditional streusel topping
  • Cranberry pecan topping
  • Pecan praline topping

This Sweet Potato casserole recipe belongs at your fall and winter buffets, traditional holiday table or cozy dinner party.

Sweet Potato Casserole Top Down Look Of The Casserole With One Serving Removed And Set On A Plate At The Side.
Sweet Potato Casserole makes a perfect offering for holiday tables and buffets.

Can I make Sweet Potato Casserole ahead and freeze it?

Yes, Sweet Potato casserole can be made ahead and stored in the fridge for a few days, or even the freezer for up to 3 months. It can also be made in stages if you are preparing for a gathering and simply need to cut down on prep time.

  • Prepare the sweet potato puree on the stove or even in your Instant Pot. Once it has cooled place it into a ziploc bag and set in your fridge or freezer until you are ready to prep the casserole.
  • Make the sweet potato mash and layer into your baking dish without the topping, leaving it unbaked. Cover and either store in your fridge or freezer until you are ready to bake and serve.
  • Prepare the topping either on baking day, or a day or two ahead and set it aside for topping when you are ready to assemble and bake.

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Sweet Potato Casserole Recipe:

This creamy Sweet Potato casserole topped with a sugared pecan crumble is the perfect dish for your holiday menu. It is an easy side that comes together quickly and everyone will love.

NOTE: This recipe assume you are using hot sweet potato puree. if you use cold puree from the fridge be sure to add more baking time. Add 5 to 10 minutes or bake until the casserole is lightly browned and the top of the sweet potatoes are finished.

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Sweet Potato Casserole
Yield: 12 servings


Prep Time: 45 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 30 minutes

An easy and gluten free delicious Fall and winter side dish made with healthy sweet potatoes and topped with crunchy pecans. A perfect make ahead Holiday recipe your family will love. 


  • 8 medium to large sweet potatoes
  • 1/2 Cup butter
  • 1/2 Cup Sugar
  • 1/2 Cup light corn syrup
  • 1 Tablespoon vanilla
  • 2 eggs

(For the Topping:)

  • 1/3 Cup butter
  • 1/2 Cup brown sugar
  • 1 Cup crushed pecans
  • 1/2 Cup Flour


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Grease a 9 x 13 inch casserole dish
  3. Boil sweet potatoes until tender, peel and mash. With an electric mixer or potato masher, mix until fluffy.
  4. Add butter, sugar, light corn syrup, vanilla and eggs. Mix until well mixed and somewhat fluffy.
  5. Spread the sweet potato mixture into the greased casserole dish and smooth the top with a spatula.Sweet Potato Fluff
  6. In a separate small bowl mix together topping ingredients until crumbly.
  7. Sprinkle the topping evenly over the sweet potatoes.
  8. Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes or until done.Sweet Potato Casserole


To make this recipe even quicker and easier make your Sweet potato puree ahead as this post discusses. You will need to warm chilled puree up prior to adding it into this recipe or increase your oven time by 5 or more minutes.

Nutrition Information



Serving Size

1 cup

Amount Per Serving Calories 360

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This Sweet Potato Casserole with a Crunchy Pecan topping is a perfect make ahead Thanksgiving or Christmas side dish. This yummy, popular casserole is easy to make, travels well and pleases a crowd every time!


Wednesday 24th of November 2021

I made this recipe last year and the family loved it! Making again this year. Thanks for the recipe.


Wednesday 24th of November 2021

Hi Darby, I'm so happy to know you love this sweet potato recipe. Thanks for the great review. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family.


Monday 23rd of November 2015

Fab recipe Diane! I love how you topped it with pecans yum!


Tuesday 24th of November 2015

Thank you so much, Diana


Tuesday 29th of September 2015

I love sweet potatoes and this dish looks amazing! I have my holiday sweet potatoes that I only make on Christmas and Thanksgiving (because they're loaded with butter and brown sugar). During the year we eat lots of baked sweet potatoes, and love those too!


Wednesday 30th of September 2015

Us too Renee. As healthy as sweet potatoes are, the sugar and fat require these to be special treat:)


Tuesday 29th of September 2015

Sweet Potatoes are good all year long. I love them!

Brian Jones

Tuesday 29th of September 2015

I love the sound of this, those pecans adding some texture and nuttiness to the sweet potato sounds heavenly!

Tina Marie

Sunday 27th of September 2015

This looks simply scrumptious! Sounds like something this family is going to enjoy!


Sunday 27th of September 2015

I think your family will love it! Ours sure does:)

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