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sweet-potato-casserole3This baked sweet potato casserole is my favorite. Wonderful side dish for Thanksgiving or Christmas but we love this anytime.

4  medium to large sweet potatoes, cooked and peeled (I boil mine. You could also use canned sweet potatoes, drained. Two of the tall 40 ounce cans, but I think the uncanned are best)

1 stick butter or 1/2 cup or 8 tablespoons

1/4 cup heavy cream (could use evaporated milk or regular milk)

1/2 cup brown sugar

1 egg

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon (Can use more of the spices if you like. I like to taste the sweet potatoes)

1/8 teaspoon nutmeg

1 cup nuts, chopped (Walnuts or pecans)

Marshmallows (Optional)


Cook and peel sweet potatoes and mash with potato masher.  Add butter and cream to potatoes just like if mashing regular potatoes.  Stir in brown sugar, egg, vanilla, cinnamon and nutmeg.  Spray a casserole dish with cooking spray. (I used a 7 x 11 casserole dish.  Put mashed sweet potatoes in dish and sprinkle nuts over the top.  Bake in preheated 350 degree oven for 35 to 40 minutes.  Remove from oven and add enough marshmallows to cover top of baking dish. Can use the miniature or big marshmallows.  Put back in oven until marshmallows start to melt and brown on top.  (I just stick mine under the broiler for a few minutes.)  This makes 8 to 10 servings. Reheats well in the microwave or oven and could be put together the night before without the nuts and marshmallows and cooked the next day.  Enjoy!

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If you like this recipe, you might also like my recipe for Mashed Potato Casserole.

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  1. I have been looking for a recipe like this that my mom and grandma used to make and this looks closer than any except the egg. I’m curious, what role does the egg play? Would it work without the egg?

  2. I made this dish for thanksgiving, but where your recipe shows yams I used sweet potatoes. I would cut back on the brown sugar and vanilla due to the natural sweetness of the potatoes. Making it again for Christmas.

  3. Add A can of drained crushed pineapple:)

  4. This is a great recipe! Try adding cooked apples to the recipe, they will love it.

  5. These were really delicious, but I would caution everyone to keep an eye on those marshmallows in the broiler. Ours caught fire. And, while some prefer fire-blackened marshmallows, they ended up deformed because of how they are arranged in the pan, so when the fire died down, there was a field of 3″ tall black stalagmites on the dish. I sawed the burnt tops off with a knife and everything underneath was just fine–and some of our guests actually came into the kitchen and took the blackened marshmallows anyway. So, I wanted you to know that this dish is absolutely delicious, even if you accidentally light it on fire.

  6. i made this last week for thanksgiving and HANDS DOWN best sweet potatoes EVER….. the family fell in love…. i have referred your page to soooo many people

    • The Southern Lady says:

      Thank you so much Kristie. So happy your family enjoyed this recipe and thank you for sharing the page, too.

  7. Sweet potatoes are the best part of holiday meals for my family. I’ve been making the same sweet potato recipe for years. .sliced in half and baked in a syrup with marshmallows on top. Saw this and tried it for the first time on Turkey Day. My family was not happy with my idea of trying this recipe instead. However, they are now converts and have insisted this casserole be our new, official holiday sweet potato recipe. .and I agree with them 100%! It is phenomenal! Due to allergies, I left out the nuts, but it didn’t seem to matter. And the aroma while its in the oven gave my turkey a run for the money. .lol Thank you for sharing this recipe! !

  8. in MN ‘sweet potatoes’ are a beige color – ‘yams’ are a dark orange color and what people commonly call as sweet potatoes. There are too many varieties these days! Confusing to people.

  9. Love your page and recipes they’re Great Thank You for sharing them. God Bless !!

  10. Will be short on oven space. Can I use a crock pot that has about a12 inch oblong opening and then remove it from the base and add marshmallows and broil. If so, what temp and for how long?

    • The Southern Lady says:

      I have never done it in the crockpot. I have no idea.

      • I was wondering this too, because of oven space so I think I’m going to bake mine in the crock pot in the oven the night before or early morning hour and then transfer it from oven to crockpot outer warmer and just keep on warm setting, might have to try it before Thanksgiving so I don’t have a unwanted surprise

  11. Jeanette Carver says:

    this looks good 🙂

  12. Natalie Goodner says:

    This is the recipe I have been making for 25years! If there is leftovers I’ve seen family members eat them for breakfast the next day lol

  13. do you have to mash the sweet potatoes? I like em better if they’re not

  14. I did something like this last year but this sounds more yummy and you couldn’t have posted this at the right time either I am getting my shopping list together.

  15. would this be considered sweet potato pie?

  16. Add in half a packet of instant Apple cider mix. It is my secret ingredient and it makes them AMAZING!!!

  17. Do you think you can use Egg Nog instead of cream.??

  18. Can I use the canned yams for this receipe ?

  19. I’ve never boiled sweet potatoes. What’s the best way to do this? Skin on or off? Whole or cut up? This sounds delicious.

  20. JoAnn Masterjohn says:

    Got a question for you. What do you consider sweet potatoes? My daughter moved to Tennessee and all she can find is yams. When I went to visit…all I found was yams. I send her sweet potatoes for Thanksgiving and Christmas. This year, I’m sending her the seeds so she can grow her own. Why can’t she find sweet potatoes in TN? Do you consider the redder potato the sweet potato down there? I don’t get it…
    Love your recipes though. I dearly want to try this one.

  21. Omg! Looks so good

  22. Deborah Daniels says:

    Very good … same one I have used for years … thanks for posting

  23. Sherry Prested says:

    My (grown) children will not have sweet potatoes any other way on Thanksgiving! They told me not to even try to pass off any other sweet potato dish on them, lol.

  24. Just decided I am putting this on my menu!! Sounds yummy!!

  25. YAY!! My peeps were asking for a recipe like this (with marshmallows) the other day. Can’t wait to share this with them! Looks amazing, Judy!!

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