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It’s hard to believe the holidays are just around the corner! While the bulk of your menus may already be planned, we have to insist that no Thanksgiving meal is complete without a serving of sweet potatoes. Your guests may expect casserole as a holiday mainstay, but that doesn’t mean you can’t mix things up! We’ve gathered three creative recipes that offer a spin on the classic — plus one deliciously traditional option.

4 Creative Sweet Potato Casserole Recipes

Sweet Potato Casserole with Brown Sugar Bacon Pecan Topping

While you may be familiar with casseroles that are sweet and topped with marshmallows, this recipe from Kaylen Friederich of Butternut & Sage beautifully combines sweet and savory. The bacon-pecan topping is what makes this dish stand out, lending it a smoky, salty quality and plenty of texture. When assembling your casserole, Kaylen recommends using fresh sweet potatoes and herbs to ensure the best flavor possible.

Sweet Potato Casserole with Brown Sugar Bacon Pecan Topping

This sweet potato casserole is equal parts sweet, savory, and smoky. Image: Butternut & Sage

Sweet Potato Casserole with Brown Sugar Bacon Pecan Topping

Kaylen Friederich
If you're looking for a Thanksgiving casserole that isn't too sweet, this dish is sure to do the trick.
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 25 mins
Cook Time 1 hr 5 mins
Course Side Dish, Side
Cuisine American
Servings 6 servings
Calories 1043 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 3 lbs sweet potatoes about 6 medium potatoes
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • ¾ cup dark brown sugar
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • ¼ cup heavy cream
  • 6 tbsp butter melted
  • 2 eggs beaten
  • 2 tbsp bourbon whiskey
  • ½ tsp salt or to taste

Bacon Pecan Topping

  • 6 slices thick-cut bacon
  • ¾ cup brown sugar
  • cup all-purpose flour
  • cups toasted pecans chopped
  • 6 tbsp butter melted
  • 2 tbsp fresh sage chopped
  • 2 tsp fresh rosemary chopped

Instructions
 

  • Preheat your oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Poke holes all over the sweet potatoes with a fork and roast on a sheet for an hour, until tender. Set them aside to cool.
  • In a medium saucepan, cook the bacon until crisp. Remove from the pan and set aside on a plate lined with a paper towel. Discard excess grease. In the same pan, toast chopped pecans over medium heat until they begin to turn slightly golden. Remove from the heat.
  • When the bacon has cooled, chop. In a medium bowl, combine the brown sugar, flour, toasted pecans, melted butter, fresh sage, and rosemary and stir in the chopped bacon.
  • Reduce the oven temperature to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Carefully peel the skins away from the flesh of the sweet potatoes, discarding the skins. Add the sweet potatoes to a stand mixer. Add in the brown sugar, vanilla, cinnamon, heavy cream, melted butter, eggs, and bourbon. Beat over medium-high heat until combined. Season to taste with salt.
  • Spoon the sweet potato mixture into a buttered 9x13 baking dish. Add the bacon pecan topping and transfer to the oven. Bake for 35-40 minutes. Enjoy!

Nutrition

Calories: 1043kcalCarbohydrates: 110gProtein: 14gFat: 62gSaturated Fat: 24gPolyunsaturated Fat: 10gMonounsaturated Fat: 25gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 152mgSodium: 797mgPotassium: 1075mgFiber: 10gSugar: 64gVitamin A: 33131IUVitamin C: 6mgCalcium: 174mgIron: 3mg
Keyword Thanksgiving, casserole, holiday, sweet potato, sweet potato casserole, Thanksgiving dish, Holiday meal
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Sweet Potato Casserole with Black Beans, Kale, and Quinoa

If you’re looking for a vegan option, this casserole from Elena Szeliga of Happy Kitchen.Rocks is sure to hit the spot. Full of flavor and texture, the quinoa and sweet potatoes give this dish a sweet base while the kale adds a subtle hint of bitterness. Plus, the breadcrumb topping adds a satisfying crunch to every bite. The best part? This recipe can easily be whipped up a few days before your Thanksgiving gathering.

Sweet Potato Casserole with Black Beans, Kale, and Quinoa

Using black beans, kale, quinoa, and roasted garlic sauce, you could even make this as an entrée well past Thanksgiving! Image: Happy Kitchen.Rocks

Sweet Potato Casserole with Black Beans, Kale, and Quinoa

Elena Szeliga
This casserole is full of flavor and texture — and it's vegan!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 35 mins
Course Main Course, Side Dish, Entrée, Side
Cuisine American
Servings 8 servings
Calories 600 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 3 medium-sized sweet potatoes or 2 large ones
  • 2 tbsp olive oil divided
  • Salt
  • Black pepper
  • 3 sprigs rosemary
  • 1 cup quinoa
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 cups kale chopped
  • 2 cups black beans cooked or canned
  • 1 cup roasted garlic sauce (linked in method)
  • 2 slices sourdough bread or any gluten-free bread

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Peel and dice sweet potatoes and transfer them to a baking tray. Drizzle with 1 tablespoon olive oil, sprinkle with salt and pepper. Put rosemary sprigs on top. Roast for 25 minutes or until golden and cooked through.
  • Meanwhile, rinse and drain the quinoa. Put it in a saucepan and add water and ½ teaspoon salt. Bring to a boil over medium heat, then cover and simmer for 18 minutes.
  • Heat a remaining tablespoon of olive oil in a skillet over medium-high heat. Break bread slices with your fingers into small pieces (you can use a grinder or chopper) and transfer them to the skillet. Add salt and black pepper and fry until golden and crispy, about 4 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Transfer roasted sweet potatoes, buckwheat, kale, and black beans to a baking dish. Add the roasted garlic sauce. Top with breadcrumbs. Bake for 10 more minutes. Enjoy!

Nutrition

Calories: 600kcalCarbohydrates: 112gProtein: 23gFat: 7gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 3gSodium: 641mgPotassium: 854mgFiber: 11gSugar: 7gVitamin A: 13705IUVitamin C: 28mgCalcium: 155mgIron: 7mg
Keyword Thanksgiving, casserole, holiday, sweet potato, sweet potato casserole, Thanksgiving dish, Holiday meal
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Ruth’s Chris Sweet Potato Casserole

If you’re a fan of the soufflé-like sweet potato casserole at Ruth’s Chris Steak House, this recipe from Jamie Tarence of Family Savvy is sure to satisfy your palate. Topped with a brown sugar pecan crust, this dish is sweet, crunchy, and decadent. When making this recipe, Jamie recommends using traditional orange sweet potatoes and baking them until their insides are soft. However, if you’re short on time, Jamie says you can also use ready-to-steam whole sweet potatoes, which can be found in the produce section at most grocery stores.

Ruth's Chris Sweet Potato Casserole dupe

Now you can make Ruth’s Chris Steak House‘s famous sweet potato casserole at home! Image: Family Savvy

Ruth's Chris Sweet Potato Casserole

Jamie Tarence
This recipe is an easy dupe of Ruth's Chris Steak House's iconic sweet potato casserole.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Course Side Dish, Side
Cuisine American
Servings 12 servings
Calories 357 kcal

Ingredients
  

Crust

  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • cup flour
  • 1 cup pecans chopped
  • cup butter melted

Sweet Potato Mixture

  • 3 cups mashed sweet potatoes
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 eggs well beaten
  • ½ cup butter melted (equal to one stick)

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Spray a 9x11 baking dish with butter-flavored cooking spray.
  • In a large bowl, combine sweet potatoes, sugar, salt, vanilla, eggs, and butter.
  • Using a hand mixer, beat until smooth and fluffy.
  • Pour mixture into buttered baking dish.
  • Bake for 30 minutes at 350 degrees Fahrenheit. (At this point, the dish can be covered and refrigerated if not serving immediately.)
  • Sprinkle the surface of the sweet potato mixture evenly with the crust mixture.
  • Place casserole in 350-degree oven for 10 minutes. Allow it to set for at least 30 minutes before serving.

Nutrition

Calories: 357kcalCarbohydrates: 45gProtein: 3gFat: 19gSaturated Fat: 9gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 61mgSodium: 244mgPotassium: 189mgFiber: 2gSugar: 36gVitamin A: 5155IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 40mgIron: 1mg
Keyword Thanksgiving, holiday, sweet potato, sweet potato casserole, Thanksgiving dish, Holiday meal
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Maple Walnut Sweet Potato Casserole

This recipe from Ashley Boyd of Pink Owl Kitchen is a sweeter option, combining mashed sweet potatoes with pure maple syrup and a delicious walnut streusel topping. Plus, if you wish to spend less time in the kitchen, you can prepare this casserole up to two days before your big gathering. Once you’ve assembled and baked the casserole, simply wrap it and store it in the refrigerator. Then, on Thanksgiving, all you have to do is reheat it in the oven!

Maple Walnut Sweet Potato Casserole

This maple walnut sweet potato casserole can be made ahead of time, so you can spend less time in the kitchen on Thanksgiving. Image: Pink Owl Kitchen

Maple Walnut Sweet Potato Casserole

Ashley Boyd
Featuring sweet potatoes, maple syrup, a walnut streusel topping, and cozy spices, this casserole is perfect for Thanksgiving.
5 from 4 votes
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 40 mins
Course Side Dish, Side
Cuisine American
Servings 8 servings
Calories 373 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 3 cups sweet potatoes peeled, chopped, and boiled in water until fork-tender; about four medium potatoes*
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • ¼ cup pure maple syrup**
  • 2 large eggs beaten
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp ground nutmeg
  • ¼ tsp ground cardamom
  • cup buttermilk or whole milk

Streusel Topping

  • ¾ cup brown sugar
  • ¼ cup unsalted butter melted
  • ½ cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup walnuts chopped
  • tsp salt
  • ½ tsp ground cinnamon

Instructions
 

  • Preheat your oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Spray or butter a 9x13 baking dish and set aside.
  • In a large mixing bowl, add the sweet potatoes, sugar, maple syrup, eggs, vanilla, and salt. Using a potato masher or large fork, mash the potatoes together with the other ingredients. Once the potatoes are mashed, add the buttermilk and use a wire whisk to mix all of the ingredients until well combined.
  • Transfer the sweet potato mixture to your prepared baking dish and set it aside while you make the streusel topping.
  • In a medium mixing bowl, add the brown sugar, melted butter, flour, chopped walnuts, salt, and ground cinnamon. Using a fork, mix the ingredients together until all of the flour is moistened and a crumbly texture is formed.
  • Spoon the streusel topping over top of the sweet potato mixture and spread out into an even layer. Bake the casserole in the preheated oven for 30-40 minutes until the casserole is golden and bubbly. Allow the casserole to cool for about 10 minutes, then serve warm.

Notes

*Add peeled and chopped sweet potatoes to a large stockpot, cover with water, and boil until fork-tender. If your sweet potatoes are larger, you may only need three.
**Use pure maple syrup and not maple-flavored syrup to ensure the best flavor.

Nutrition

Calories: 373kcalCarbohydrates: 52gProtein: 6gFat: 17gSaturated Fat: 5gPolyunsaturated Fat: 7gMonounsaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 57mgSodium: 171mgPotassium: 326mgFiber: 3gSugar: 35gVitamin A: 7334IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 85mgIron: 2mg
Keyword Thanksgiving, holiday, sweet potato, sweet potato casserole, Thanksgiving dish, Holiday meal
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BONUS: Classic Sweet Potato Casserole with Marshmallows

While we love to shake things up every now and then, we’d be remiss not to include a tried-and-true sweet potato casserole recipe. This one comes from the SB archives and is courtesy of The Local Taco. Using cinnamon, vanilla, nutmeg, and, of course, plenty of marshmallows, you can’t go wrong serving this at your Thanksgiving gathering. Find the full recipe HERE.

Sweet potato casserole with marshmallows

Find this classic sweet potato casserole recipe HERE.

Happy Thanksgiving!

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