Sweet Potato Casserole Recipe (2024)

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mk

How far ahead can you bake the sweet potatoes? Thank you!

SpomerE

Can this be made ahead of time?

Bea

Why all the sugar? There is sugar in the orange juice and sweet potatoes are already sweet. I am going to make this without added sugar in the main part of the dish and half the amount of sugar recommended for the topping. Has anyone tried that yet?

Emily Weinstein

Hello all, apologies for the confusion about the eggs!

An earlier version of this recipe did in fact include eggs. We have since retested and revised it to make it creamier, omitting the eggs, increasing the melted butter and adding milk or cream. You'll see the corrected recipe here. We hope you'll find it even more delicious.

maeve

Comment:Leave out the sugarJuice the orange instead of using store-bought juice.Substitute coconut milk for the heavy creamFor the topping:-Omit sugar- Use some toasted coconut with the pecans.

Rosalind Hanckel

Yes, it can be made in advance... Just be careful reheating it so you don't burn the topping. Or better yet, make it in advance, but don't bake it with the topping until the last minute.

Barbara

I added orange zest, and a couple of tablespoons of bourbon and a few shakes of orange bitters. Unbelievably luscious!

RainCity

The size of the “casserole dish” needs to be stated!!! Is it a 9 x 13 inch casserole dish, or like the photo in the recipe indicates closer to 9 x 5 inch dish? VERY FRUSTRATING!!!

Loren

Cooked sweet potatoes in Instant Pot on High Pressure for 15 minutes. They were perfect!

e.masten

I made this a day ahead (casserole and its topping separately refrigerated) using the juice of half a Cara Cara orange. The next day, after brought to room temperature, I reheated it for 30 mins. at 350. It was light and creamy; accompanied an Easter ham; everyone loved it (especially the men).

John

Bea, how did your family like your reduced sugar version? Did you make any other changes? I usually put a little cinnamon & nutmeg in mine along with a shot of bourbon. The tiny amount of alcohol cooks off, so no problem there, and I like its flavor.

Debbie

At our house we try to make everyone happy...for the topping angle stripes of mini marshmallows and the pecan mixture alternately (idea from Southern Living.) It looks pretty and all get their favorite topping.

EJL

Please someone respond to how far in advance this can be prepared.

Tessa

Looks to me like a 7" x 11", but you could use 9x9 or a round dish 10" across for about the same area. I do a similar praline sweet potato casserole -- which is delicious with the combination of creamy mashed sweet potatoes and crunchy toasted pecan topping -- using about 5-6 potatoes and baking it in a 9x13 dish.

Margaret

I substitute a tablespoon of maple syrup for the sugar in the potatoes. They are still plenty sweet and delicious.

Dean LP

Just did a variation on this recipe. Not wanting to use milk from a can (snob, snob) I substituted it with one part heavy cream and two parts whole milk. I'm sure it gave the dish more body and a richer flavor.

Jen

Too sweet and far too watery. I thought I would up my game with a new recipe, but this was an unexpected flop.

KYounginDallas

This was a hit at Thanksgiving 2023. Will be a regular potluck contribution for me annually! Thanks!

Sam Shepperd

This was very good and will go into my Thanksgiving recipe file. I added about a teaspoon of orange zest to complement. Don’t skip the topping.

Sharon

Made this in an 9" round casserole dish. I roasted the potatoes longer, about 2 hours -- they were sweet enough that I omitted the brown sugar in the potatoes completely and didn't miss it. Also swapped the cream for unsweetened soy milk and felt fine about that too. A big hit at Thanksgiving!

:)

Added cinnamon and vegan marshmallows on top

Martha M

A big hit with everyone. I reduced the brown sugar in the potatoes by 1/2, used 1 cup pecans

Jeanne

One of my favorite Thanksgiving traditions - love this recipe, love the dish. The only bad part was that I didn't have any leftovers - it went fast!

Robyn

I modified the topping. Added 1/3 c gf flour and 1/2 c oatmeal to pecans butter and sugar. Pinch of salt. My son in law who never liked sweet potato casserole before went wild for it.

Jay

“Bake the potatoes “: Does that mean just throw them in the oven (maybe pricking with) fork? Normally, a baked potato involves coating with an oil, wrapping in foil and then baking. I feel like not wrapping could produce dry potato flesh.

Martha M

I baked them with no coating or pricking and it was easy to peel the skin off, inside was still moist

David

Is there any reason NOT to do the initial baking of the potatoes in a microwave? So quick and doesn't take up oven space on Thanksgiving..

Mamie

Can you substitute walnuts or another nut for pecans? Having a hard time finding pecans the day before Thanksgiving.

Deirdre M.

You think I can get away with a 7"x11" dish? Just reduce everything a little?

CIndy

Yes, this recipe is very flexible!

Chris Semrod

Yummy. Add an ounce of tequila for a wonderfully flavored twist.

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Sweet Potato Casserole Recipe (2024)

FAQs

Why do you put eggs in sweet potato casserole? ›

The egg is the all-important binder in a sweet potato casserole: it enriches and stiffens the mixture without making it heavy. Make sure to cool the mash slightly before adding the egg so it doesn't scramble, and to stir well so there are no streaks of cooked egg white in the finished dish.

What's the difference between sweet potato pie and sweet potato casserole? ›

The difference is that sweet potato casserole can either have a toasted marshmallow top or a crunchy brown sugar/nut top and is made with brown sugar in the casserole. Sweet potato pie is made with white sugar, has nothing on top, but can be served with whipped topping.

Why do you soak sweet potatoes before baking? ›

The cold water bath helps rinse the starch off the sweet potatoes so they're a bit more crispy. That said, if you do not have the time, you can still get crispy baked sweet potato fries by using high heat and a little drizzle of olive oil.

Why boil sweet potatoes before baking? ›

First, it's key to par-boil the potatoes in salted water mixed with a little baking soda. The baking soda breaks down the potato's surface, creating a rough texture that enhances crispiness upon roasting. Then, before roasting, the par-boiled potatoes are tossed with olive oil, seasoning, and potato starch.

How do you make sweet potato casserole not watery? ›

You should always bake sweet potatoes. Baking intensifies the flavors. Boiling drains out flavor and also makes the sweet potatoes wet. If you bake the sweet potatoes and don't add liquid, you will not have watery sweet potato casserole.

How do you make a sweet potato casserole not stringy? ›

I do two steps to reduce stringiness:
  1. Peel more of the sweet potato than just the outer skin. There's a layer of lighter orange flesh between the skin; keep peeling until you reach the darker orange.
  2. I mash with a Kitchen Aid stand mixer paddle. Don't scrape down the paddle when you're done.
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Can I substitute canned sweet potatoes for fresh sweet potatoes? ›

Canned or frozen sweet potatoes may be substituted for the fresh form in any recipe calling for cooked sweet potatoes as the starting point. Canned sweet potatoes are generally smaller in diameter because of their better canning qualities.

Are candied yams and sweet potato casserole the same thing? ›

Spoiler: They're not the same vegetable.

That's because sweet potatoes and yams are in fact very different vegetables that we've come to refer to interchangeably for a number of reasons over the years. While a dish may arrive at your table calling itself "candied yams," it may well have been made with sweet potatoes.

What is the healthiest way to eat sweet potatoes? ›

Boiling sweet potatoes retains more beta-carotene and makes the nutrient more absorbable than other cooking methods such as baking or frying. Up to 92% of the nutrient can be retained by limiting the cook time, such as boiling in a pot with a tightly covered lid for 20 minutes.

Is it better to peel sweet potatoes before or after boiling? ›

There is not much difference between boiling sweet potatoes with the skins on versus peeling them, but you will get a boost of fiber and potassium if you keep the skin on. The skin also adds a subtle texture to each bite. If you're looking for a smoother mash, peel the potatoes first before boiling.

Do sweet potatoes taste better baked or boiled? ›

Baking them retains more of their natural sweetness, boiling them most of the sugars go in to the water and is typically lost. You can still mash them by scooping the flesh from the backed skin and mashing it to make a casserole.

What brings out the flavor of sweet potatoes? ›

Browning butter packs in tons of flavor, without dulling the sweet potatoes. Slow-roasting the sweet potatoes activates endogenous enzymes that bring out their natural sweetness.

How do you know when sweet potato casserole is done? ›

you should see it firm, but still paste like. Once it bulges and you start to see cracks, it will be overcooked. You don't need anything of those fancy gadgets for casserole! You can grab a potato masher or whisk and mash them up.

What is the difference between a yam and a sweet potato? ›

True yams are part of an entirely different genus (Dioscorea; sweet potatoes belong to Ipomoea in the morning glory family) and are more akin to yuca in texture and flavor. Yams are commonly used in Caribbean and West African cooking and can grow as long and thick as an adult arm.

What is the purpose of eggs in a baked goods recipe? ›

Eggs play an important role in everything from cakes and cookies to meringues and pastry cream — they create structure and stability within a batter, they help thicken and emulsify sauces and custards, they add moisture to cakes and other baked goods, and can even act as glue or glaze.

Does egg thicken casserole? ›

The proteins in eggs coagulate or set at different temperatures. This results in thickening but it means that eggs must be cooked gently and heated carefully or they will scramble rather than thicken a sauce or other mixture.

What is the purpose of putting an egg in mashed potatoes? ›

Adding egg yolks to a pot of mashed potatoes is an easy, dairy-free texture and taste upgrade that doesn't require any special techniques. The yolks harbor all the flavorful fats and emulsifying components and will thus effectively unify the fat and water in potatoes, translating to a smoother, uniformly creamy pot.

What does adding an extra egg do to baked goods? ›

However, if you add too many eggs to your cake batter, then your end result could be spongy, rubbery, or dense. Like flour, eggs build structure in a cake, so they make a cake batter more bonded and dense.

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