Loaded Sweet Potato Casserole [VIDEO]

Catalina Castravet
By Catalina Castravet

Sweet Potato Casserole is such a classic and traditional Thanksgiving and Christmas dish. This recipe is elevated and made even better with a cinnamon filling, marshmallows, and buttery cinnamon pecan topping!

Casserole recipes begin to be more popular and in high demand on the blog. Since I have a sweet tooth, I wanted to make sure I share my favorite Thanksgiving side dish with you. This recipe always gets rave reviews and I have been making it for about a decade.

I also got you covered when it comes to mashed potatoes, here you will find Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes, delicious Chunky Mashed Potatoes, and Vegan Mashed Potatoes.

Sweet Potato Casserole Recipe

Sweet Potato Casserole Recipe

Sweet Potato Casserole is my favorite side dish at the Thanksgiving or Christmas table. When else do you get to eat basically a dessert and call it a side dish? I like using that excuse and add a hefty amount of this creamy goodness to my plate. 

There are many Sweet Potato Casserole recipes floating out there, however, once you try this one, you won’t need any other recipe ever. This casserole is loaded, in a good way. The potatoes are boiled and mashed, blended with some brown sugar, nutmeg, and cinnamon to elevate the fall flavors.

The best part of this casserole is the surprise brown sugar cinnamon filling, a delicious, mid-layer of cinnamon goodness. The topping is another highlight of this casserole. Made with toasted pecans, sweet marshmallow and more of the delicious cinnamon sugar filling mixture. Thanksgiving isn’t complete without a Homemade Sweet Potato Casserole. So, give this one a try, and you will see why it is so special! 

What is Sweet Potato Casserole?

This is a traditional, North-American side dish that is usually served during Thanksgiving dinner. The casserole consists of mashed sweet potatoes, usually blended with brown sugar, topped with a streusel topping, pecans, and marshmallows.

The dish tastes sweet, almost like a dessert. It is a classic recipe during the holiday season, and it blends perfectly with Turkey or other meats. 

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How to prepare the potatoes for Sweet Potato Casserole?

  • First clean, peel and dice the potatoes
  • Wash them in cold water to remove some of the starch
  • Add diced potatoes to a dutch oven or large saucepan
  • Cover with water and boil until tender

Another way to prepare the sweet potatoes is by cooking them in the Instant Pot. You can use my Instant Pot Sweet Potato recipe. The sweet potatoes can also be baked, I just find that method more time to consume and resulting in a few dried potatoes.

How to make Sweet Potato Casserole?

For exact ingredients measures and steps, please follow the recipe card below. Also, watch the short video tutorial attached as it will guide you better through the cooking process. The general steps are as follows:

  • Cooking the potatoes – first, decide on a cooking method for the potatoes. Clean, peel and cook the potatoes.
  • Toasting the pecans – preheat the oven, measure two cups of pecans, lay them on a baking sheet and toast in the oven for a few minutes. Check on them often to not burn them. Toasting the pecans is optional, but it will add more flavor to the dish.
  • Prepare other ingredients – while the potatoes are cooking, gather the ingredients for the casserole. Melt the batter, slightly beat the eggs and measure the sugar and milk.
  • Cinnamon filling – while they are cooking, mix the cinnamon sugar filling and set it aside.
  • Pecan topping – once the pecans have been toasted and chopped, use one cup to prepare the pecan topping.
  • Assembling – combine all the ingredients for the casserole and layer it into the prepared baking dish.
  • Baking – bake for 20-30 minutes is enough. Remove from oven and cover with foil to keep it warm. Spray the foil first with baking spray, to avoid marshmallows sticking to it.

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Can you make Sweet Potato Casserole in advance?

Yes, the casserole can be made a few days in advance.

You can choose to just assemble it, wrap tightly in plastic wrap and bake when ready. If you do refrigerate it before baking, we would suggest removing it from the fridge at least 30 minutes prior to baking.

Also, you can bake it first, and let it fully cool. Then, wrap tightly in plastic wrap and refrigerate it. Cover with foil and warm it up in the oven before serving.

What to serve with Sweet Potato Casserole?

Because this is such a traditional and classic holiday dish, it goes well as a side dish with various meats, fish, and salads. We love to pair it with:

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How to store Sweet Potato Casserole?

Refrigerate the casserole in shallow airtight containers or resealable plastic bags, if kept in the baking dish, cover tightly with plastic food wrap. Properly stored, the casserole will last for 3 to 5 days in the refrigerator.

How to freeze uncooked Sweet Potato Casserole?

  • Assemble the casserole and make it’s not warm.
  • Skip the marshmallows, they should be added right before baking for best results.
  • Lay a sheet of plastic wrap or aluminum foil directly on top of the casserole in the dish, then wrap tightly and in many layers over the top rim and around the baking dish or the container.
  • Freeze for up to 3 months for best results.
  • Thaw overnight before baking.

How to freeze cooked Sweet Potato Casserole?

  • First, cool casserole to room temperature.
  • Lay a sheet of plastic wrap or aluminum foil directly on top of the casserole in the dish, then wrap tightly and in many layers over the top rim and around the baking dish or the container.
  • Individual servings or leftovers can be added to freezer-safe ziplock bags.
  • Freeze for up to 3 months for best results.
  • Thaw overnight before heating up in the oven or the microwave.

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5 from 43 reviews
Loaded Sweet Potato Casserole
Author: Catalina Castravet Serves: 8 servings
Prep time: 30 minutes Cook time: 30 minutes Total time: 1 hr

Ingredients

For the Potatoes:

  • 3 lbs  sweet potatoes  (peeled and diced)
  • 1/2 cup  brown sugar 
  • 1 cup  pecans  (chopped and toasted)
  • 2  large eggs  (lighly beaten)
  • 1/2 cup  milk  (room temperature)
  • 1/4 cup  unsalted butter  (melted)
  • 1 teaspoon  vanilla extract 
  • 1 teaspoon  cinnamon 
  • 1 teaspoon  nutmeg 
  • 1/2 teaspoon  salt 

Cinnamon Filling:

  • 6 tablespoons  unsalted butter  (softened)
  • 1 tablespoon  cinnamon 
  • 1 cup  all purpose flour 
  • 1 cup  packed brown sugar 

Pecan Topping:

  • 1 cup  pecans  (toasted and chopped)
  • 2 tablespoons  flour 
  • 2 tablespoons  brown sugar 
  • 1/4 cup  unsalted butter  (melted)
  • 1 1/2 cup  mini marshmallows 

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Arrange the oven rack in the middle of the oven.
  2. Butter or spray with baking spray a 9x13 inch casserole or baking dish. Set aside.
  3. Add 2 cups of pecans to a baking sheet and roast for a few minutes. Watch closely to not burn them. Remove from oven, cool and roughly chop.

Cook the Potatoes:

  1. Peel, cube and wash sweet potatoes. Add the cubed potatoes to a dutch oven or large sauce pan. Cover with water and bring to a boil. Boil for about 15 minutes, when pierced with a fork, the potatoes should be tender.

  2. Drain cooked sweet potatoes, mash and set aside to cool off a bit.

Cinnamon Filling:

  1. While the potatoes are cooking, in a small bowl, using a fork mix together the softened butter, flour, sugar and cinnamon until soft crumbs form. Set aside.

Pecan Topping:

  1. Combine all the ingredients from the "Pecan Topping" section except marshmallows. Stir and set aside.

Sweet Potato Layer:

  1. Combined the slightly cooled mashed potatoes with the ingredients from "For the Potatoes" section: brown sugar, melted butter, 1 cup chopped pecans, lightly beaten eggs, milk, salt, vanilla, cinnamon and nutmeg. Stir to combine until smooth.

Assembling the Casserole:

  1. Add half of the mashed sweet potatoes mix to the prepared pan, distribute evenly and smooth the top with a spatula.
  2. Sprinkle half of the Cinnamon Filling mixture on top of the mashed potatoes.
  3. Add the remaining sweet mashed potato filling, distribute evenly and smooth the top with a spatula.
  4. Sprinkle the Pecan Filling mixture on top of the mashed potatoes.
  5. Sprinkle the mini marshmallows if using.
  6. Sprinkle the remaining Cinnamon Filling mixture on top.

Bake:

  1. Bake for 30 minutes, until the filling is hot and the topping has browned.

  2. If the marshmallow start to brown too quickly, spray some foil with baking spray and cover the casserole, greased side down, careful to not touch the toppings.

  3. Serve warm.

Notes:

 

 

Calories: 783 Carbohydrates: 103 Protein: 8 Fat: 40 Saturated Fat: 15 Cholesterol: 95 Sodium: 458 Potassium: 810 Fiber: 9 Sugar: 57 Vitamin A: 24875 Vitamin C: 4.4 Calcium: 176 Iron: 3.5
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candy

Casseroles start to become more popular this time of year.  A great sweet potato casserole is always a plus and goes over well at any gathering.

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robin rue

I am so excited to make this. We are HUGE sweet potato lovers in our house.

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Amber Myers

I am drooling! Sweet potato casseroles are my favorites! I tried to make it once and burned it somehow, so I'll have to try again. Normally I load up when we go to Golden Corral.

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Susan

These look ripe.trying it this weekend. Btw love your blog!

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Tomi C

You had me at you can freeze for up to 3 mos. I love sweet potato casserole especially around the holidays. I could prepare this and have some left over around February, long after the holidays.

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Alyssa

Holy moly! This sounds sooo good! I love sweet potato anything. This would even be amazing for Thanksgiving!

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Tasheena

I wish I had everything on hand to make this recipe right now. It looks so yummy, and perfect to make for dessert for my family. 

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Jesusa Gilliam

This looks so delicious! Sweet potato is my husband's favorite Thanksgiving dish and I know he would love to try this

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Terri Steffes

My mom makes this for Thanksgiving each year and cannot imagine our table without it, even though I don't usually eat it. I tend to like my sweet potatoes in savory dishes.

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Lisa Martin

Sweet potato casserole is one of my absolute favorites! This one sounds great!

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Dennis Littley

This recipe definitely takes sweet potato casserole to a whole new level. It looks absolutely delicious!

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Nancy at Whispered Inspirations

Oh my word, this is absolutely amazing. I can only imagine how good this tastes. I'm bookmarking! Thank you.

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Kathy

This looks amazing! I need to make some of this for the holidays. I don't think we have ever had a casserole like this for our holiday parties.

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Heather McMechan

This is one of my fave fall side dishes. No one likes it but my dad and I. Guess there will be leftovers for me!

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Lynsey

Yum! This would be a great recipe for thanksgiving!

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rika

Looks amazing! I love sweet potato, the perfect comfort food this fall season!  This is a great side dish recipe for Thanksgiving!

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Angie

Oh yum, this looks soooo good. Sweet potato casserole is one of my favorites. We do one similar to this every year for Thanksgiving, soooo good.

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Karen Morse

A good comfort dish for the season as the weather begins to get colder! I really love casseroles because they're so easy to put together! Thanks for sharing this recipe!

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Lilly

I have tried this recipe and its amazing! The Cinnamon Filling is absolutely amazing! The only way I will make sweet potato casserole going forward!

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Linda Broberg

I am going to make this for holidays. It looks fabulous!

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Stacie

This is EVERYTHING! I'm definitely making this for both Thanksgiving and Christmas. That looks sooo good.

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Liz Mays

I could definitely go for some sweet potato casserole and this looks sounds really good. Now would be a great time to make it too.

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Bill Sweeney

Is it Thanksgiving already??? I really like this recipe. It will be great for Thanksgiving dinner.

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Amy

This is my favorite side dish come Thanksgiving! I love how yummy it is! It balances the sweet and savory.

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Jeni Hawkins

Believe it or not, I've never had a sweet potato before! But this recipe looks and sounds too yummy to pass up!

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Cyn Gagen

One of my all time fall favorite recipes! Yours sounds especially good. We'll be giving it a try for sure.

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Kathy

This looks so good! I need to give this a try. I love making casserole dishes, and this one looks amazing.

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kristin

Looks good. Something new to try. I love sweet potatoe anything!

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krystal

One of my favorite meal ideas for this season. Looks amazingly sweet!

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Rachel

Sweet potato casserole is my husband's absolute favorite. I am going to save this recipe! It looks intense.

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Brianne Manz

Sweet potato casserole is a must at our Thanksgiving dinners. Sometimes it even shows up for Christmas. This recipe looks delicious too!

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Sherry

I have had sweet potato casserole once before and I fell in love! I am the only one who likes it in my household though. Thank you for the tips on how to freeze it. Now I can make it and save some for later.

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Jennifer

This is my all time favorite side dish! I eat my weight in sweet potato casserole every year! 

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sarah

Oh wow, that looks like a dessert! So yummy! My husband would probably marry me all over again if I made this for him.

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Becca Wilson

This casserole looks like it is so amazing. I am definitely going to have to give this a try.

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Lina

I have tried this and i loved it! Its so good and the layers really work, making it again for Thanksgiving and probably Christmas too. This will become my go to recipe.

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I am happy that you loved the recipe :)

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Sandy

This casserole is delish. I made it this weekend and the whole family loved it, its rich creamy and loaded!

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Happy that everyone enjoyed it!

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Angela Ricardo

Awh. I would like to try something new and I saw this. I will be cooking this today!

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I hope you love it :) its delicious!

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Mark

I am a huge fan of casserole and I gave this one a try this weekend, can’t be happier. The recipy is great and the dish is just poor heaven. I will make it once again for thanksgiving but prob. a large portion)))

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I am very happy that you enjoyed it :) thanks for the feedback!

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Arlene

Love your site, I tries the sweet potatoes casserole over the weekend and we really loved it! Thanks for the recipe

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its such a popular recipe on the blog, I am happy that you enjoyed it!

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Ananda

This turned out amazing super rich and delish!!!

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happy that you liked it :)

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Lin

I made this dish over The Weeknd and can truly say it’s delicious, full and very rich. We love sweet potatoes dishes and this one is among the top on the list to try

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I hope you make it for Thanksgiving again!

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Gervin @ Hip Mama's Place

This loaded sweet potato casserole looks like such a lovely dish to add to any holiday gathering for Thanksgiving this year or even Christmas. I cannot wait to try to make this dish.

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Briana

This recipe is great, i love sweet potato casserole and this one was amazing! Thanks

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I am happy that you liked it!

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Sebi

This is so yummy, me and my wife made this over the weekend, and want to tell you that it was delicious! We will remake this for thanksgiving for sure!!!

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Hi Sebi, I am very happy that you liked it!

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Igor

Loved it, tasty and delicious!

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cathy franklin

Is this recipe 783 calories per serving? How many servings in this recipe?

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There are 8-12 servings in this recipe, between 600-750 calories.

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Irina

I made this for Friedsgiving and everyone couldn’t have enough, this is so so so good! I finally found a recipe that is a keeper!! Thank you!!!

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Hi Irina, happy that you liked it. Thank you for the feedback!

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Lex

Can this be made without the pecans? 

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yes!! sure! Just skip them!

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Jamie Heatly

Can I leave out the pecans or substitute them for oats or granola of some kind? I can't eat pecans. But I would really love to make this recipe for thanksgiving.

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Yes! You can leave them out or use granola, that is a great substitute!

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La

This looks delicious!!! Can you use canned sweet potatoes instead? How much would you use??

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Hi, I am sorry, but I haven't tried the recipe with canned sweet potatoes.

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Jenni

I’m new to cooking and I’ve been nominated to cook sweet potato casserole for Thanksgiving this year. I picked this recipe for all the obvious reasons.  Just wondering if anyone can help me out with how many sweet potato’s I should get for the recipe and what size pan I need. Many Thanks! Have a Happy Gobble Gobble Day!

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Hi Jenni, thank you for choosing this recipe. I have mentioned in the instructions that I used a 9x13 baking dish. To help you out I used about 7 potatoes, but they differ in size, so its easier to go by pound, the recipe calls for 3lbs. When you buy them, just weight them in the produce section if you are not sure how many to get. Good luck and happy Thanksgiving!

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Patti

How can I make this without ANY nuts? (Anaphylactic nut allergies) 

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Just skip or replace them with toasted sun flower seeds, pumpkin seeds or even granola!

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Jana West

I used 2 large cans of sweet potatoes and omitted the pecans. Oven at 350 degrees and left in the oven for half an hour with the cinnamon sugar topping on top. Then marshmallows on top until slightly browned and it turned out perfect. Thanks so much for this recipe. I made it for Thanksgiving dinner and it was a hit! Will definitely be making it again.

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Happy that you loved it Jana, thank you for the feedback!

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Amy

My daughter and I made your recipe for Thanksgiving and it was FABULOUS!  This is the only recipe I will be using for sweet potatoes going forward!  Thank you for sharing it!

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I am so so happy that you loved it!!! :) thank you for the feedback!

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Mercedez

I tried this recipe for the 1st time for Thanksgiving yesterday. Absolutely loved it and so did my family. This is definitely an add on for family get togethers. Simple to make especially for a 1st timer like myself.

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I am very happy that you guys loved it, its a favorite in my family!

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Carla

Made this recipe on thanksgiving and it was pure heaven, rich flavorful and very delicious! Highly recommend this!!!

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Elizabeth

I made this for Thanksgiving and it was amazing!! The only thing I did different was I substituted cinnamon sugar for some of the cinnamon it calls for (because I ran out) and it turned out great! I'm making it again today?

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Hannah Chynoweth

Its my turn to bring the sweet potato casserole to the family thanksgiving feast. I i think i'll do this recipe, but minus the pecans. I love pecans but my boyfriend is allergic.

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Lois Lindsay

I made this for Thanksgiving dinner and it was a huge success. My family loved it. The next time I make it i will make it Gluten free so I can eat more of it.

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Elina

Hi, this looks so wonderful! Is there any way to make it gluten free? Thank you!!

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sure Elina, just use GF flour instead of all-purpose! You will love it!

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Ashley

How long should I cook, if I am doubling the recipe?

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About 20-30 minutes more

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Lauren

Hello! Can I used the big cans of yams instead? How many cans would I use?

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sure, just use the same amount that is listed for the sweet potato part

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Ron Flowers

I tried this recipe for the first time about two weeks ago to see if I can make it, easy to follow instructions. And then made it a second time for our company Thanksgiving dinner. I tweaked it just a little bit and it came out even better than the first time! Thanks for the recipe

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Hi Ron, we are very happy you have enjoyed this dish. It is one of our main casseroles to make during Thanksgiving time, and we all love it very much!

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Elle

Hi! Could this be made the day before? If so, would I need to do anything different?

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Assemble the casserole and just bake when ready to serve.

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Mila

Wow what a great recipe! I have made it yesterday and all of us were very happy how it turned out. Very flavorful and delicious, just perfect for the holiday! Will be making again this Wednesday for thanksgiving dinner! I think I will double the size since we will have a lot of guest for Thanksgiving. Great recipe highly recommend!!!

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Thanks for the feedback Mila. We are glad you have enjoyed this dish. It is definitely the Thanksgiving classic, and is the one we do every year during the holidays! Doubling it is surely a great option! Happy holidays!

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Karen

Wow, what and amazing side dish! I have made it this weekend to see how it will turn out, and I can say that this is the best sweet potato casserole we had! It is just perfect for Thanksgiving! The flavors are all there, it is sweet, balanced, and loaded as you said!!! I shared this recipe with mu family and we will be making it again for the big dinner table on Thanksgiving! An amazing dish and we truly loved it a lot! Thanks for sharing, thumbs up!!!!👍

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Glad you and your family loved this recipe. It is a delicious one for sure! Thank you for your feedback!

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Ashley

Hi, I finally got the time to make this recipe, and my whole family was very pleased how it turned out. I used a larger casserole dish and made it bigger, the pecans and marshmallows on top is to die for! Very flavorful and the perfect classic dish to have on the Thanksgiving tables! It is definitely one of the best sweet potato casserole our family had. It is easy to make, and sure a classic that should definitely be enjoyed by everyone! Cheers!

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Thank you for your feedback! Happy you love it as much as we do!

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Elva

Amazing casserole, made this today and it is perfect!

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Sarah

What a delicious dish this is! My family came over the weekend and I wanted to use some sweet potatoes, and was looking for an easy and quick casserole! This one was superb! Super flavorful, it has the right amount of sweetness, it is buttery, and the topping is great! We love pecans so we used quite a lot of them, it made the casserole even crunchier, which is perfect when combined with the marshmallows! Also, had some leftover and enjoyed it this morning. All in all a gret recipe, and i am sure it will be now my family’s most requested sweet potato dish from now till Christmas time:))!!! Thanks

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Thank you Sarah for your feedback! We are delighted that you and your family loved it. For sure, this is the main, classic Thanksgiving dish, that should be enjoyed by everyone!

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Jessica

This looks awesome! My potatoes are cooking in the crockpot now and I'm debating on whether or not to assemble the casserole today for Thanksgiving (2 days from now). Or maybe leaving everything separate and putting it together the day of? If I were to assemble ahead of time (today) how do the cinnamon and pecan layers hold up? I worry that things will get a little soggy in the fridge. What do you think would be best? Thanks!

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It will hold up greatly! You can assemble it fully and just cook when you want to serve it!!

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Vivian

What an amazing dish. We had plenty of sweet potatoes to use, so this casserole was the perfect fit. It is buttery and very flavorful. We enjoyed it a lot! 👍👍👍

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Kristina McClatchie

Made this for an early Thanksgiving dinner. It was AMAZING! Thank you so much for the great recipe!

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so happy, thank you for the feedback!

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Julie Fassio

Can walnuts be substituted?

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Sure, use pecans or any other nuts that you like!

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Alan

everybody said it was the best sweet potatoes they ever had

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Thanks!

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Alan

It was it was the best sweet potatoes I ever had and everybody agree with me will make it many more times

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Thanks Alan for your feedback! Glad you love it!

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Sandie Malone

This is hands down the best Sweet Potato Casserole I've ever made! This will definitely be my "go to" recipe from now on! I added a layer of the marshmallows in the middle and it was perfect! The only problem was there were no leftovers!

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haha yes no leftovers with this one, so happy that you liked it!!

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