Sweet Potato Casserole with Pecans

Sweet Potato Casserole with Pecans is the ultimate sweet potato souffle recipe using fresh sweet potatoes, pecan topping and marshmallows.

Sweet Potato Casserole with Pecans is the ultimate sweet potato souffle recipe using fresh sweet potatoes, pecan topping and marshmallows. #sweetpotatocasserole #sweetpotatosouffle www.savoryexperiments.comSweet Potato Casserole with Pecans is a Thanksgiving tradition. I think most people think of it as THE Thanksgiving casserole recipe. Some folks call it a Sweet Potato Souffle. Really the difference between most sweet potato casseroles and sweet potato souffle is negligible with the exception of the name. Use whichever you prefer.

Sweet Potato Casserole with Pecans is the ultimate sweet potato souffle recipe using fresh sweet potatoes, pecan topping and marshmallows. #sweetpotatocasserole #sweetpotatosouffle www.savoryexperiments.com

Although it seems more like a dessert, Sweet Potato Casserole is a side dish, balancing out the other savory flavors of turkey and stuffing. Most variations are sweet potato casserole with marshmallows, however the original version of this recipe didn’t have any marshmallows. To me, that just seemed silly, so I added them to my own.

Sweet Potato Casserole with Pecans is the ultimate sweet potato souffle recipe using fresh sweet potatoes, pecan topping and marshmallows. #sweetpotatocasserole #sweetpotatosouffle www.savoryexperiments.comThis recipe landed in my lap when I was still in college. My sister’s college roommate was unable to fly home for Thanksgiving, so we invited her to spend time at our home, which was driving distance from their college. To make her feel more “at home,” my mother asked her to share her favorite dish from the holiday. Sweet Potato Casserole with Pecans was what she sent!

Sweet Potato Casserole with Pecans is the ultimate sweet potato souffle recipe using fresh sweet potatoes, pecan topping and marshmallows. #sweetpotatocasserole #sweetpotatosouffle www.savoryexperiments.com

In addition to adding the marshmallow layer, I also doubled the pecan topping. This is really what makes this Sweet Potato Casserole different from the rest.

Sweet Potato Casserole with Pecans is the ultimate sweet potato souffle recipe using fresh sweet potatoes, pecan topping and marshmallows. #sweetpotatocasserole #sweetpotatosouffle www.savoryexperiments.comLastly, let’s talk about the difference between sweet potatoes and yams. A sweet potato is not a yam. Epicurious summed it up beautifully:

They’re two different plants. The sweet potato is in the morning glory family, while yams are related to palms and grasses.

And they grow in different parts of the world: yams in Africa, where they originated, and also Southeast Asia, the Caribbean and Central America. Sweet potatoes in the United States, with North Carolina leading the way in production.

So at a typical supermarket, what you’re buying is an American-grown sweet potato. True yams are imported and a rare find outside of ethnic grocery stores.

To learn more about how Americans came to call sweet potatoes yams, hop on over!

Sweet Potato Casserole with Pecans is the ultimate sweet potato souffle recipe using fresh sweet potatoes, pecan topping and marshmallows. #sweetpotatocasserole #sweetpotatosouffle www.savoryexperiments.comIf you like this Sweet Potato Casserole with Pecans, you’ll love these other easy Thanksgiving recipes!

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Sweet Potato Casserole with Pecans is the ultimate sweet potato souffle recipe using fresh sweet potatoes, pecan topping and marshmallows. #sweetpotatocasserole #sweetpotatosouffle www.savoryexperiments.com
Sweet Potato Casserole
Prep Time
30 mins
Cook Time
40 mins
Total Time
1 hr 10 mins
 

Sweet Potato Casserole with Pecans is the ultimate sweet potato souffle recipe using fresh sweet potatoes, pecan topping and marshmallows.

Course: Side Dish
Servings: 12 people
Calories: 573 kcal
Author: Jessica at Savory Experiments
Ingredients
Sweet Potatoes:
  • 3 pounds sweet potatoes
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 eggs
  • 2/3 cup evaporated milk
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon fine sea salt
Pecan Topping:
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 1 light brown sugar
  • 2 cups corn flakes
  • 1 cup pecans , roughly chopped
  • 1 1/2 cups mini marshmallows
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Bake sweet potatoes for 45-60 minutes, or until easily pierced with a fork. Remove and allow to cool until able to handle.

  2. Cut sweet potatoes in half, scoop out potato flesh and add to a large mixing bowl or the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment.  

  3. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Coat a 9x13 baking dish with cooking spray.

  4. Add butter, mix well. Add eggs, one at a time, mixing well between each. Add milk, sugar, cinnamon and salt.  Bake 15 – 20 minutes @400 degrees. 

  5. Place potato mixture into prepared 9x13 baking dish. Bake for 20 minutes. Remove. 

  6. Meanwhile, prepare pecan topping. Cream together butter and sugar. Add pecans.  

  7. Top sweet potatoes with marshmallows, return to oven for 5 minutes or until marshmallows start to melt. Remove. 

  8. Top marshmallow layer with creamed butter, sugar and pecans by using two forks and evenly placing over marshmallows. Return to oven for 15 minutes. 

  9. Finish by topping with Corn Flakes, gently pushing them into the mixture. Allow to rest for 10-15 minutes before serving. 

Nutrition Facts
Sweet Potato Casserole
Amount Per Serving
Calories 573 Calories from Fat 279
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 31g 48%
Saturated Fat 14g 70%
Cholesterol 100mg 33%
Sodium 483mg 20%
Potassium 715mg 20%
Total Carbohydrates 68g 23%
Dietary Fiber 6g 24%
Sugars 32g
Protein 7g 14%
Vitamin A 499.8%
Vitamin C 7.4%
Calcium 13%
Iron 20%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

 

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