This traditional candy potato casserole recipe with a crunchy brown sugar pecan topping AND melted marshmallows is a should have for the vacations.

Should you’re serving this candy potato casserole for Thanksgiving or Christmas, take into account serving it alongside these mashed potatoes, a wild rice salad, roasted vegetables, Thanksgiving dressing, and/or this watergate salad.

Overhead shot for sweet potato casserole -- two hands holding the casserole and placing it down on a table

Candy Potato Casserole

Yesterday I embellished the home for Christmas whereas Christmas music was taking part in, this crock pot roast was within the gradual cooker, and these oatmeal chocolate chip cookies have been within the oven. I am keen on Thanksgiving, don’t get me fallacious, however I appear to all the time have a good time the 2 holidays concurrently 🙂 (what’s the purpose in adorning my total home for Christmas if the decorations are solely up for a pair weeks. Am I proper?)

So I’ve to know (go away a remark!) — when do you beautify/start preparing for Christmas?

As I’ve been sharing Thanksgiving recipes these final couple of weeks, I’ve in all probability been most enthusiastic about sharing this candy potato casserole. I’ve examined and re-tested this casserole and it’s unbelievably good! It undoubtedly has a spot on our Thanksgiving AND Christmas desk! 🙂

Process shots of sweet potato casserole recipe -- showing the weight of sweet potatoes and fork piercing the potates

So let’s speak the whole lot candy potato casserole! First off:

How do you make candy potato casserole?

  • Bake the candy potatoes till tender and take away the peels. To make a canned candy potato casserole, you need to use canned candy potatoes, however for finest outcomes I like to recommend utilizing contemporary candy potatoes.
  • Mash the candy potatoes and blend with the sugar, butter, vanilla, evaporated milk, cinnamon and salt. Clean right into a casserole dish.
  • Put together the pecan topping by mixing collectively chopped pecans, melted butter, brown sugar, flour, and a bit little bit of salt. High the dish with this topping.
  • Prepare dinner the casserole at 350 levels for 30 minutes
  • Take away the casserole and add the marshmallows. Prepare dinner for an extra 4-Eight minutes (till marshmallows are frivolously golden).

Process shots of sweet potato casserole recipe -- showing the potatoes being baked and then flesh scooped out

There are numerous toppings you need to use on a selfmade candy potato casserole, and on this recipe I mix my two favorites: pecans and marshmallows. See my suggestions under for the best way to high your casserole with these two toppings!

Process shot of preparing sweet potato casserole with marshmallows -- ingredients for the base being combined

How do you make candy potato casserole with pecans?

The pecan topping on this candy potato casserole recipe is each simple and scrumptious! Simply mix the chopped pecans with melted butter, brown sugar, flour and salt and stir till you have got a thick streusel-like combination.

How do I make candy potato casserole with marshmallows on high?

  • The candy potato casserole marshmallow topping is nothing greater than mini marshmallows! That’s proper — you don’t must make any particular marshmallow concoction. 🙂
  • Regulate the quantity of marshmallows in response to your private preferences.
  • After the casserole base has been cooked by, you’ll add these marshmallows on high and cook dinner for an extra 4-Eight minutes, or till marshmallows are a gentle golden coloration.
  • Watch rigorously in order that the marshmallows don’t burn!

I feel it’s scrumptious to mix each the pecan and marshmallow topping collectively, however it’s fairly alright to choose only one and canopy your entire candy potato casserole with that topping.

Process shots of making an easy sweet potato casserole -- base is being beat together

Should you’re prepping for a vacation meal, the extra you are able to do forward of time the higher! Fortunately, this casserole is NOT one of many dishes you must make the day of!

Are you able to make candy potato casserole forward?

To make this candy potato casserole recipe even simpler, you may prep the bottom as much as 2 days forward and the pecan topping 3-Four days forward. Simply don’t put the pecan topping on the casserole till you’re able to bake it.

I don’t advocate baking the casserole prematurely.

Process shots showing the creation of the pecan streusel for the easy sweet potato casserole

How lengthy can you retain candy potato casserole within the fridge?

You possibly can hold leftover candy potato casserole within the fridge for as much as 3-5 days. If you would like it to style pretty much as good because it did on the primary day, I like to recommend scraping off the topping earlier than storing within the fridge and warming the casserole with a contemporary layer of toppings.

Process shots of making the sweet potato casserole recipe - base smoothed in pan and pecan streusel sprinkled over top

And in the event you’re trying to retailer this casserole for longer than a number of days…

Are you able to freeze candy potato casserole?

When you can freeze the candy potato base, I don’t advocate freezing the casserole with the toppings on high. To freeze the casserole base, first make certain the bottom has utterly cooled. Then, place plastic wrap straight on the candy potato casserole. Place one other sheet of plastic wrap across the pan. This double wrap will assist forestall ice crystals from forming. Freeze for as much as one month.

Process shots of making the sweet potato casserole recipe - marshmallows being added on

Can I make this candy potato casserole wholesome?

You possibly can modify the substances to be extra wholesome than the candy potato casserole recipe I’m sharing under. Listed below are a number of concepts:

  • Cut back the sugar within the base or substitute it with pure maple sugar OR coconut sugar.
  • Exchange the evaporated milk with 1% milk (I don’t advocate skim).
  • Omit the marshmallow topping
  • Use coconut oil rather than butter for the pecan topping
  • For extra concepts on wholesome ingredient swaps, try this recipe.

Overhead shot for sweet potato casserole -- close up showing a spoon digging in!

Listed below are a number of recipes that pair very nicely with this candy potato casserole:

Candy Potato Casserole

The traditional candy potato casserole with a crunchy brown sugar pecan topping AND melty marshmallows is a should have for the vacations. Plus instructions on the best way to make this candy potato casserole with simply marshmallows or simply pecans.


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Key phrase:

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Servings: 16 servings

Energy: 147 kcal

Writer: Chelsea


Candy Potato Casserole

  • 4-5
    massive (Four kilos)
    candy potatoes (I exploit Garnet or Jewel selection)
  • 1/4
    brown sugar,
    I exploit darkish brown, however gentle works nice too
  • 1/4
    granulated white sugar
  • 4
    unsalted butter
  • 1
    vanilla extract
  • half
    evaporated milk
    (1%, 2%, or entire milk will work okay)
  • 1
    floor cinnamon,
  • half
  • 2

Pecan/Marshmallow Topping

  • 4
    unsatled butter,
  • 3/4
    chopped pecans
  • half
    brown sugar,
    I exploit darkish brown, however gentle works nice too
  • half
    white all-purpose flour
  • 1/4
  • 1.5 – 3
    miniature marshmallows


  1. Preheat oven to 400 levels F. Wash and deeply pierce every candy potato a number of instances with a fork and switch to a foil-lined massive cookie sheet. Bake 1 hour, or till very tender when pierced with a fork. As soon as fork tender, take away from the oven, permit to barely cool, after which reduce potatoes in half and pull off the skins (they need to peel proper off!) 

  2. If the skins do not come off simply, scoop out the flesh from the halved potatoes. Place into a big mixing bowl and mash the potatoes with a potato masher. Add in brown sugar, white sugar, butter, vanilla, evaporated milk, cinnamon, and salt. Mix, utilizing electrical hand mixers, on low velocity till clean. Add in eggs and beat till blended and clean. Cut back oven temperature to 350 levels F.

  3. Clean the candy potato combination right into a 9 x 13 pan. In a separate bowl, mix pecan topping: the melted butter, chopped pecans, brown sugar, flour, and salt. Stir till substances are nicely included. Both high your entire casserole with this combination or high in rows. Should you choose to do rows (as pictured) you may have about half cup additional of the topping; in the event you high your entire casserole, you may use all the topping. Bake in 350 diploma oven for 30 minutes (tent with foil if streusel is browning too shortly).

  4. Take away casserole and add marshmallows (to desired choice) over the casserole — both on high of the pecan topping or in between rows. If in between rows, you may use about 1 and half cups. Should you high the entire casserole, about Three cups. Return to the oven and bake for 4-Eight minutes or till marshmallows are melty and frivolously golden (watch rigorously!) Take away from oven and serve heat.

  5. MAKE IN ADVANCE: You can also make this casserole prematurely! Simply comply with the following tips: retailer the pecan topping and marshmallows individually. Cowl the candy potato casserole tightly and place within the fridge. When able to bake, add pecan topping and place within the oven whereas it is preheating after which bake for 25-30 minutes as soon as preheated. Add marshmallows in response to recipe directions.

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