Sweet potato casserole with pecan topping is a must-make side dish. This mouthwatering side dish is perfect for holiday dinners, special occasions, or just when you’re craving something sweet and savory. Smooth sweet potato filling is topped with crispy sweet pecan streusel for a sweet potato casserole recipe the whole family will love.
Sweet Potato Casserole With Pecan Topping
Sweet potato casserole is a classic holiday side dish recipe that I make sure is on the holiday dinner table every year.
Growing up this is the sweet potato casserole that we had and I have loved it for as long as I can remember. My whole family has always made this dish disappear when it was on the table.
Some years I make this sweet potato casserole recipe with pecan topping and other years I make Sweet potato casserole with marshmallows. It all depends on what the kids ask for that year. And please don’t ask me which one of the 2 is the best sweet potato casserole recipe, I love them both and can’t pick between the 2.
This pecan topping sweet potato casserole has a tender and sweet sweet potato filling that is then topped with a pecan streusel topping. The combination of flavors makes for a side dish that is always a hit.
If you love sweet potatoes, then I highly suggest making sweet potato pie as the dessert. We have a sweet potato pie with marshmallow topping and a classic sweet potato pie recipe that are both amazing.
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Why you will love this recipe
Easy to make. This sweet potato casserole recipe is made with simple ingredients and it is easy to make.
Comfort Food Appeal. Sweet potato casserole with pecan topping is often associated with comfort food. It’s warm, and satisfying, and reminds many people of home-cooked meals enjoyed during holidays or family gatherings.
Crowd Pleaser. Sweet potato casserole with pecan topping tends to be a crowd-pleaser. Its combination of flavors and textures appeals to a wide range of palates, making it a popular choice for potlucks and gatherings.
How to Cook Sweet Potatoes
For this recipe, you will want to have cooked sweet potatoes before starting. There are a few different ways that you can cook the sweet potatoes that you will need for this recipe. You can oven-bake sweet potatoes or you can make cook sweet potatoes in the microwave.
Tips for making this recipe
Make the sweet potatoes smooth. After baking the sweet potatoes and peeling them you will want to mash them. You want to get them as smooth as possible, you can also use a hand mixer to mash the sweet potatoes and get a smoother texture if you want to.
Use Nonstick Spray. Spray your baking dish with nonstick spray or grease it with butter to prevent sticking and make cleanup easier.
Preheat the Oven. Make sure your oven is fully preheated before placing the casserole inside. This ensures even cooking.
Mash the Sweet Potatoes Well. Use a potato masher or fork to mash the sweet potatoes thoroughly until they are smooth and free of lumps. Avoid using a food processor, as over-processing can make the sweet potatoes gummy.
Properly Cook the Sweet Potatoes. Ensure the sweet potatoes are cooked until they are tender and easily pierced with a fork. Undercooked sweet potatoes can result in a lumpy texture. Drain the cooked sweet potatoes well to remove excess moisture.
What should the consistency of sweet potato casserole be?
The ideal consistency of sweet potato casserole is smooth, creamy, and somewhat dense, with a texture that holds together when scooped but isn’t overly stiff. The sweet potato base of the casserole should be well-mashed and free of lumps and have a smooth texture. The pecan topping should be crispy and golden brown when done baking.
Can I make this in advance?
You have the option to make the entire dish ahead of time, with the flexibility to refrigerate it for up to three days until you’re ready to bake.
The make ahead instructions are easy. To make this dish ahead of time you will want to do all the steps up until baking. Then you will want to top the baking dish with tinfoil and store it in the fridge.
As the dish will begin from a cold state when you place it in the oven, you will want to extend the baking time by about five minutes.
How to Store Sweet Potato Casserole
Allow the casserole to cool to room temperature. Then, cover it tightly with plastic wrap or aluminum foil and place it in the refrigerator. It should stay fresh for up to 3-4 days.
Can I Freeze Sweet Potato Casserole?
Yes! You can make sweet potato casserole ahead of time and freeze it to enjoy later. It is a great casserole to make for a holiday dinner that you can make ahead and then reheat when you are going to have the meal.
You can freeze the casserole already baked or unbaked. If you are baking it ahead of time, allow the casserole to cool completely and then wrap it with tinfoil. I suggest using a tinfoil pan when you are storing in the freezer.
This casserole will can kept in the freezer for up to 4 months.
How to Reheat Frozen Sweet Potato Casserole
Remove the casserole from the freezer place it in the fridge to thaw and then place in the oven to bake as normal.
Sweet Potato Casserole Ingredients
For this sweet potato casserole recipe, you will make the sweet potato filling and then top it with a pecan crumble.
Sweet Potato Casserole Base Ingredients
- 4 large sweet potatoes cooked
- 1 1/2 cup sugar
- 1/3 cup butter melted
- 2 eggs beaten
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Sweet Potato Casserole Topping Ingredients:
How to Make Sweet Potato Casserole With Pecan Topping
Cook sweet potatoes with your preferred method of microwave, boil or oven bake.
Then heat the oven to 375 once the sweet potatoes are done cooking.
Once the sweet potatoes are cooked, allow them to cool a bit. Then peel the skins.
Add the sweet potatoes to a large bowl and mash using a potato masher or a fork.
Add the sugar, butter, eggs, and vanilla to the mashed sweet potatoes and mix until well combined.
In a medium sized bowl, combine the topping ingredients and using a pastry cutter or your fingertips mix until crumbly.
Spar a baking dish with nonstick spray. Then pour the sweet potato mixture into the baking dish.
Sprinkle the pecan crumble topping all over the sweet potato casserole mixture.
Bake for 20 mins or until lightly browned.
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Sweet Potato Casserole
Sweet Potato Casserole Base Ingredients:
- Cook sweet potatoes with your preferred method of microwave, boil or oven bake.
- Then heat the oven to 375 once the sweet potatoes are done cooking.
- Once the sweet potatoes are cooked, allow them to cool a bit. Then peel the skins.
- Add the sweet potatoes to a large bowl and mash using a potato masher or a fork.
- Add the sugar, butter, eggs, and vanilla to the mashed sweet potatoes and mix until well combined.
- In a medium sized bowl, combine the topping ingredients and using a pastry cutter or your fingertips mix until crumbly.
- Spar a baking dish with nonstick spray. Then pour the sweet potato mixture into the baking dish.
- Sprinkle the pecan crumble topping all over the sweet potato casserole mixture.
- Bake for 20 mins or until lightly browned.
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