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Sweet Potato Casserole with a Pecan Topping

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!Sweet Potato Casserole

Ditch the overly sweet marshmallow topped casseroles and put this one on your holiday table instead. It’s a light fluffy cloud of slightly sweetened sweet potato puree topped with a crunchy pecan topping. It’s a perfect combination of flavors and textures.

Début this delicious sweet potato casserole at your next holiday event. light, crunchy, full of fiber, and nutrients from fantastically good for you whipped sweet potatoes with a caramelized pecan topping.  A perfect side dish for your holiday meal!

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!

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!

Sweet potato Casserole came into our family at a Thanksgiving dinner several years ago. My mother served this little treasure of a side dish to our family. Leaving us all with satisfied tummies, happy smiles and requests for the recipe. I have made this recipe several times for special occasions since then. It’s also a really nice side for any fall or winter meal.

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.

Sweet potatoes earn their right to a place at your dinner table any time of year.

They are a wonderfully nutritious, fibrous yummy vegetable. Dress them up in this  holiday recipe and you’ll have a lovely side dish to compliment your turkey, ham or other main course of your choice.

This Sweet Potato Casserole recipe belongs at your Fall and winter buffets, traditional Holiday table or informal cozy get together.

It has a nice balance of flavors. Unlike the traditional overly sweet marshmallow sweet potato casserole, this recipe is less sweet and topped with wonderful nutty pecan crunchiness. Give it a try, and enjoy your holiday season!

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.

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Sweet Potato Casserole Recipe:

This casserole is a wonderful replacement to the overly sweet traditional marshmallow topped sweet potato casseroles I was raised on. I really hate those sickly sweet sweet potato casseroles as a kid. This one is a winner!

If you have an instant pot, Make your sweet potato puree up to a week ahead in just a few minutes. This saves you so much time, mess and trouble on your busy Holiday.

Learn How To Steam Sweet Potatoes Quick and Easy in your instant pot.

This is an easy casserole to make and bake a day ahead of serving time with just a short 30 minute reheat bake time required before serving.

  • Boil the sweet potatoes a day ahead of serving time OR use your instant pot.
  • mash and peel the sweet potatoes and add in all the ingredients (except the topping) in a baking dish
  • Cover the dish and store in your fridge until serving day.
  • On serving day make your topping.

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.

Sweet Potato Pecan Casserole-Pin Image

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!

Sweet Potato Casserole With Pecan Topping-Pin Image

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!

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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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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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