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Sweet Potato Casserole with Pecans

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Our sweet potato casserole with pecans is the perfect delicious addition to your holiday meal.
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  1. Sweet Potato Casserole with Pecans Ingredients
  2. How to Make This Sweet Potato Casserole with Pecans Recipe
  3. How To Serve
  4. Storage
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This classic sweet potato casserole with pecans is a staple of Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners. The creamy sweet potatoes are mixed with delicious ingredients to make them extra sweet and creamy before being topped with sugared pecans for a bit of crunch.

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Sweet Potato Casserole with Pecans Ingredients

You’ll need:

  • 5 medium whole sweet potatoes (about 3 pounds)
  • ¼ cup maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ cup heavy whipping cream
  • ¼ cup melted butter
  • 2 eggs
  • salt
  • 6 slices of chopped cooked bacon
  • ⅓ cup brown sugar
  • ⅓ cup pecan pieces
  • ¼ cup melted butter
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh sage

SUBSTITUTIONS AND ADDITIONS

BROWN SUGAR: You can use light brown sugar or dark brown sugar in this favorite Thanksgiving side dish.

How to Make This Sweet Potato Casserole with Pecans Recipe

STEP ONE: Poke your sweet potatoes with a fork a few times to let steam out while they cook. Bake on a sheet pan at 400°F. They will need about an hour and a half to cook fully.

OUR RECIPE DEVELOPER SAYS

If you have a preferred method of cooking sweet potatoes, such as cooking them in the microwave, you can cook them that way instead.

STEP TWO: Once cooked, let them cool before continuing the process, or they’ll be too hot to handle when you’re trying to skin them.

STEP THREE: After cooling, remove and discard the sweet potato skins.

STEP FOUR: Combine the skinned, baked sweet potatoes, maple syrup, cinnamon, whipped cream, butter, eggs, and salt.

potatoes, maple syrup, cinnamon, whipped cream, butter, eggs, and salt blended in a bowl

STEP FIVE: Mash the sweet potatoes with a potato masher or mix with a hand mixer until smooth.

STEP SIX: Combine the bacon, brown sugar, pecans, butter, cayenne, and salt in a small bowl.

bacon, brown sugar, pecans, butter, cayenne, and salt combined in a bowl

STEP SEVEN: Grease a 9×13-inch casserole dish, and spread the sweet potato mixture in the dish. Add your pecan sugar topping on top of the sweet potatoes and sprinkle on your sage as a finishing touch.

STEP EIGHT: Bake at 350°F for 30 minutes until bubbling. Let it rest for about 10 minutes so the creamy sweet potato casserole can set before serving.

PRO TIP:

Oven temperatures vary and may need to be recalibrated periodically to ensure they are accurate. Make sure to keep a close eye on your casserole as the suggested baking time approaches.

baked Sweet Potato Casserole with Pecans in a bowl

How To Serve

Add this tasty casserole to your Thanksgiving dinner menu and pair it with our cranberry sauce, green bean casserole, and corn pudding.

If you want another take on this great dish, check out our sweet potato casserole with marshmallows as well. If you have leftover potatoes, our sweet potato pie is delicious!

Storage

IN THE FRIDGE: Store any leftovers of this easy sweet potato casserole covered in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. 

IN THE FREEZER: You can also freeze the casserole in an airtight container for up to 3 months. Do not add the topping until you are ready to thaw and bake the casserole. Cover it tightly with plastic wrap and aluminum foil.

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Our sweet potato casserole is sweet, salty, and spicy. The creamy sweet potato base is matched with a wonderfully spiced, nutty pecan topping for maximum flavor and texture.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Can I make this easy recipe ahead of time?

This great recipe can be made ahead of time and frozen. It’s a good idea to wait to add the topping ingredients until you thaw it and are ready to bake.

How do I store this sweet potato casserole?

This perfect side dish can be stored in the fridge for up to four days after you bake it.

Can I leave the nuts out of this classic recipe?

If you prefer to keep your dish nut-free, you can certainly leave the nuts out and just combine the brown sugar, bacon, and spices for the topping.

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Sweet Potato Casserole with Pecans

5 from 2 votes
Our sweet potato casserole with pecans is the perfect delicious addition to your holiday meal.
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 45 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 15 minutes
Servings 8

Ingredients
  

  • 5 medium sweet potatoes, about 3 pounds
  • ¼ cup maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ cup heavy whipping cream
  • ¼ cup melted butter
  • 2 eggs
  • salt
  • 6 slices chopped cooked bacon
  • cup brown sugar
  • cup pecan pieces
  • ¼ cup melted butter
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh sage

Instructions
 

  • Poke your sweet potatoes with a fork a few times to let steam out while they cook. Bake on a sheet pan at 400°F. They will need about an hour and a half to cook fully.
  • Once cooked, let them cool before continuing the process, or they’ll be too hot to handle when you’re trying to skin them.
  • After cooling, remove and discard the sweet potato skins.
  • Combine the skinned, baked sweet potatoes, maple syrup, cinnamon, whipped cream, butter, eggs, and salt.
  • Mash the sweet potatoes with a potato masher or mix with a hand mixer until smooth.
  • Combine the bacon, brown sugar, pecans, butter, cayenne, and salt in a small bowl.
  • Grease a 9×13-inch casserole dish, and spread the sweet potato mixture in the dish. Add your pecan sugar topping on top of the sweet potatoes and sprinkle on your sage as a finishing touch.
  • Bake at 350°F for 30 minutes until bubbling. Let it rest for about 10 minutes so the creamy sweet potato casserole can set before serving.

Notes

  • If you have a preferred method of cooking sweet potatoes, such as cooking them in the microwave, you can cook them that way instead.
  • Oven temperatures vary and may need to be recalibrated periodically to ensure they are accurate. Make sure to keep a close eye on your casserole as the suggested baking time approaches.

Nutrition

Calories: 389kcal | Carbohydrates: 46g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 21g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 7g | Trans Fat: 0.5g | Cholesterol: 86mg | Sodium: 291mg | Potassium: 594mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 21g | Vitamin A: 20594IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 92mg | Iron: 2mg
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  1. Treena Hilchie says

    5 stars
    This recipe is a wonderful change from my boring mashed potatoes and goes great with our holiday turkey!