Sweet Potato Casserole Recipe With Marshmallows! This classic Thanksgiving side dish is the ultimate holiday side that is sweet, savory and comforting!
Topped with a pecan crust and marshmallows, this is the ultimate comfort side dish with any holiday meal!
Easy Sweet Potato Casserole – A Classic Holiday Side Dish
When I think about Thanksgiving, turkey isn’t the first thing I look forward to – it’s the side dishes! Broccoli Casserole, Brussel Sprouts, Greenbean Casserole, and more! I can’t wait to fill my plate with all the traditional dishes I grew up with!
This recipe was my mom’s signature dish that she made every Thanksgiving. Everyone looked forward to it and nobody could ever make it quite the same. She taught me how to make it and now I’m teaching you!
This is one of those dishes that you can’t decide if it’s a side or a dessert – I say a side. I eat it right alongside all the other Thanksgiving side dishes!
Ingredients for this recipe:
- Sweet Potatoes – I use canned yams for this recipe.
- Sugar – Just a little bit of extra added sweetness.
- Butter – Unsalted butter works best.
- Brown Sugar
- Pecans – The pecans add such a great crunch.
- Marshmallows – Any size marshmallows will work! I like to use mini marshmallows.
How to make the best sweet potato casserole recipe
1. Add the ingredients
In a large bowl, add the yams, sugar, butter, vanilla, and eggs
Using a potato masher, mix all of the ingredients together
3. Put into the pan
Add to a 13×9 baking dish or a casserole dish
4. Put the toppings into a bowl
Next, add all of the topping ingredients in a separate bowl
5. Create the crumb mixture
Mix together using a fork and creating a “crumb” mixture.
6. Add the sweet potato mixture
Add to sweet potato mixture right on top evenly
Place in a 350-degree oven for 30-35 minutes or until the top is browned and the marshmallows are melted and golden
Since I’ve had this Sweet Potato Casserole approximately 32,450 times in my life, here are a few common questions I may be able to answer for you!
Mashed Sweet Potatoes Casserole FAQS
Can sweet potato casserole be made ahead of time?
Well, yes and no. I have found that you can make sweet potato casserole a few hours ahead of time, leave out on the counter and then heat up (or eat at room temperature) right before you’re ready for your Thanksgiving meal. However, I do not recommend making it ahead of time and either leaving it in the fridge before baking OR after baking. It just never turns out the same. I suggest making this dish on Thanksgiving day instead of beforehand.
Do you really make sweet potato casserole with canned yams?
YES, I do! While I know you can make this recipe using fresh sweet potatoes by peeling them and boiling them like regular mashed potatoes, this is the recipe my mom always used and it’s the one I always use. You are welcome to try fresh sweet potatoes but I’m not really sure how it will come out with this recipe.
How do you reheat sweet potato casserole?
I reheat this casserole recipe right in the microwave with the rest of my Thanksgiving leftovers. It’s the best! You could reheat it in the oven, as well.
What side dish goes well with this casserole dish?
You can literally pair it with anything. Dinner rolls are great or it tastes great with cranberry sauce, too!
This Sweet Potato Casserole recipe turns out perfect every time and is a must-have on your Thanksgiving menu! It’s rich, sweet, savory and deliciousness all wrapped up in one dish!
Thanksgiving Side Dish Recipes:
Sweet Potato Casserole
- 4 cups Sweet Potatoes I use canned yams
- 1 cup Sugar
- 1 stick Butter
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 2 eggs
- 1 cup Brown Sugar
- ½ cup Flour
- 1/2 cup Butter cut up and not melted
- mini-marshmallows optional
- 1 cup pecan pieces optional
- In a large bowl, add the yams, sugar, butter, vanilla and eggs
- Using a potato masher, mix all of the ingredients together
- Add to a 13×9 baking dish or a casserole dish
- Next, add all of the topping ingredients in a separate bowl
- Mix together using a fork and creating a “crumb” mixture.
- Add to sweet potato mixture right on top evenly
- Place in a 350-degree oven for 30-35 minutes or until the top is browned and the marshmallows are melted and golden
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