Wide overhead picture of the baked casserole with toasted marshmallows.

Sweet Potato Casserole

There are a handful of dishes I make for Thanksgiving every single year. This sweet potato casserole is one of them and quite possibly my favourite. This dish is all about the flavours of fall. Cinnamon and nutmeg bring the flavours of pumpkin spice and the sweet potato has an almost butternut squash like taste.

Thanksgiving turkey and stuffing is great, but I love the side dishes. This casserole is perfect to go alongside green bean casserole and mashed potatoes. The filling in this dish is sweet and creamy and the topping of toasted marshmallows will make you think you are at a campfire.

Scooping a spoonful of sweet potato casserole with toasted marshmallow topping

Sweet potatoes are an amazing and quite versatile vegetable. They are not just a side dish ingredient. Their sweet caramelized flavour makes them great for dessert. Here are some other recipes using sweet potatoes.

Once the sweet potatoes are baked, the skin can peel off easily

How to cook sweet potatoes

There are many different ways to cook sweet potato. They can be boiled or cooked in a microwave, but I prefer to bake them in the oven. Place the sweet potatoes in the oven whole and bake them at 375F for 60-90 minutes. Depending on the size and shape of the potato, the cooking will vary. Bake until the sweet potato is cooked through. Check by sticking a knife into the potato and it should be soft, right to the centre.

Once the sweet potatoes are soft, take them out of the oven and let them cool slightly. This makes them easier to handle and the skin will peel right off the potato very easily.

A bowl of cooked sweet potatoes being mashed with a potato hand masher.

Place the cooked sweet potato flesh in a large bowl. Mash them with either a hand potato masher or hand blender until smooth and creamy.

Adding the cream, butter, brown sugar and seasoning to the mashed potatoes.

The base of this casserole is more than just sweet potatoes. The butter and cream give the filling a smooth creaminess but it is the cinnamon and nutmeg that add the autumn harvest flavour. Pour the remaining ingredients for the sweet potato base and stir. 

Spread the sweet potato mixture in a shallow casserole baking dish.

Spread the sweet potato filling evenly across the bottom of a casserole baking dish. You could use a 13×9 glass baking dish, or an oval dish similar to the ones in the photos.

Spread the mini marshmallows on top of the sweet potatoes.

The last step to making this sweet potato casserole is to spread the mini marshmallows across the sweet potato filling. 

This sweet potato casserole is a classic Thanksgiving side dish. Creamy and buttery filling with toasted marshmallow topping.

How long to bake sweet potato casserole

Thanksgiving dinner typically has lots of dishes to cook and prepare. I like to look for ways to do some of the stuff earlier in the day, or maybe even the night before. Doing this takes away some stress and busyness on Thanksgiving day. So, if desired, you can make the sweet potato filling ahead of time and when you are ready for it to bake, spread it on the casserole dish and top with the marshmallows. Set the oven to 350F and bake the casserole for 20 minutes. That is enough time to heat up the sweet potato filling and toast the marshmallows. 

Scoop a spoonful of baked sweet potato casserole.

Thanksgiving dinner ideas

If you are planning a holiday dinner for Thanksgiving or Christmas, then check out some of these great recipes to go along with this sweet potato casserole!

Sweet Potato Casserole

This sweet potato casserole is a classic Thanksgiving side dish. Creamy and buttery filling with toasted marshmallow topping.
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This sweet potato casserole is a classic Thanksgiving side dish. Creamy and buttery filling with toasted marshmallow topping.
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 45 minutes
Servings: 10

Ingredients

  • 4 sweet potatoes
  • 1/2 cup melted butter
  • 1 cup 10% cream
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 3 cups mini marshmallows for topping

Instructions

  • Bake sweet potatoes in a 375F oven for 60-90 minutes or until cooked through and tender. You can check doneness by sticking a knife in the centre of the weet potato. If it is cooked, the knife should go through easily.
  • Let the potatoes cool slightly. Peel the skin off the potatoes and place the flesh in a large bowl.
  • Use a hand potato masher or an electric mixer to mash the sweet potatoes until creamy.
  • Stir in the melted butter, cream, brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt.
  • Spread in a baking dish, top with mini marshmallows and bake at 350F for 20 minutes.

Nutrition

Per serving:

Calories: 284.53kcalCarbohydrates: 30.71gProtein: 1.69gFat: 18.09gSaturated Fat: 11.34gCholesterol: 57.01mgSodium: 365.31mgFiber: 1.67gSugar: 17.97g

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  • So simple and beautiful! I expect it to be very tasty too. I am always looking for new nutritious and healthy recipes and I often find them here, in your blog. This sweet potato casserole looks amazing, be sure to cook it tomorrow for dinner. I find this recipe very original and want to prepare and taste it as soon as possible.Thank you for sharing super recipes! Keep it up and I will be back :)))

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    • Thank you so much for your kind words Ann! This dish is super delicious and I am sure you will enjoy it.

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