Sweet Potato Souffle Recipe [VIDEO]

Catalina Castravet
By Catalina Castravet

Sweet Potato Souffle is a delicious, rich and creamy side dish. Topped with crunchy, oven roasted pecans and a sprinkle of cinnamon sugar.

Thanksgiving side dishes are probably my favorite part of the holiday, with all the desserts as well. I always make this Sweet Potato Casserole, cheesy Creamed Corn, creamy and fluffy Mashed Potatoes and some simple Sweet Potatoes on the side.

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Best Sweet Potato Souffle

Sweet Potato Souffle is such a tasty and somewhat different side dish that you can make for the holidays. I love that it is something between a sweet potato casserole and a sweet potato pie. I absolutely adore the tender texture, especially when combined with a cinnamon sugar topping and crunchy pecans.

If you are looking to elevate your holiday game, but still stay within the traditional recipes borders, this Sweet Potato Souffle is a great choice. I mean, it sounds fancy, while it’s very easy to make. You can get creative with the toppings and add some marshmallows or keep it simple and just top it with pecans or walnuts.

What is Sweet Potato Souffle?

Sweet Potato Souffle is a Souther dish made with sweet potatoes, sugar, cream, eggs, butter, and self-rising flour. It is very similar to Sweet Potato Casserole, with a slightly different and smoother texture.

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Is Sweet Potato Souffle a dessert?

That is the question that I get most. The short answer is that you choose what it is. Sweet Potato Casserole and Sweet Potato Souffle can be considered both, a dessert and a side dish. It all comes down to your own preference and also what ingredients you used, how sweet you prepared the dish. But, they both can be enjoyed as a side dish, which is a great excuse, as they are on the sweeter side.

How long do you bake Sweet Potato Souffle?

Sweet Potato Souffle is usually baked at 350 degrees F for about 1 hour or until puffed. Because every oven is different, I recommend checking on it after about the 50-minute mark. 

What is the difference between Sweet Potato Souffle and Sweet Potato Casserole?

The difference is not huge, however, in my opinion, these are the main factors that make them different:

  • Texture:

Sweet Potato Souffle is supposed to be much puffed, tender and smoother, also hold its shape better. Usually, for the souffle, to get a very smooth texture, the ingredients are added to a blender and processed until smooth and well combined. A hand mixer can be used as well. While sweet potatoes for the casserole are just mashed.

  • Key Ingredient:

A key ingredient in Sweet Potato Souffle that is usually missing in sweet potato casserole is Self Rising Flour. The flour is added to add that airy, puffed texture to the souffle, and bring all the ingredients together, making it easier to scoop or even cut.

  • Toppings:

While Sweet Potato Casseroles are known for all the topping options, when it comes to souffles, they are kept simpler, because the selling point is really the texture. However, this doesn’t mean that you can’t improvise and add your favorite toppings.

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How to make Homemade Self Rising Flour?

This recipe asks for a small amount of self-rising flour, and I know that many don’t keep it on hand. If you don’t want to buy an entire bag, here is how you can make your own very quickly at home.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

Directions:

In a small bowl, whisk all the ingredients until fully combined. Store or use in recipes.

Can you make Sweet Potato Souffle in advance?

Yes, you can. You can assemble it 24 hours in advance, wrap tightly in plastic wrap and bake when ready. Also, you can bake it, let it fully cool, wrap tightly in plastic wrap and refrigerate it. Cover with foil and warm it up in the oven before serving.

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How to store Sweet Potato Souffle?

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

HOW TO FREEZE UNCOOKED SWEET POTATO SOUFFLE?

  • First, assemble the souffle and make sure it’s not warm.
  • Skip the pecan and cinnamon sugar topping, those can be added right before baking.
  • Lay a sheet of plastic wrap or aluminum foil directly on top of the souffle 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 SOUFFLE

  • First, cool souffle to room temperature.
  • After that, lay a sheet of plastic wrap or aluminum foil directly on top of the souffle in the dish, then wrap tightly and in many layers over the top rim and around the baking dish or the container.
  • Also, 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.

Watch Sweet Potato Souffle Recipe Video:

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5 from 15 reviews
Sweet Potato Souffle
Author: Catalina Castravet Serves: 8 servings
Prep time: 30 minutes Cook time: 1 hour Total time: 1 hr 30 mins

Ingredients

  • 3-4 pounds  sweet potatoes  (peeled and cubed)
  • 1 stick  (1/2 cup) unsalted butter  (melted)
  • 3  large eggs  (lightly beaten)
  • 1/2 cup  light brown sugar 
  • 1 cup  cream  (or whole milk)
  • 1/2 cup  self-rising flour  (or better self rising cake flour)
  • 1 teaspoon  vanilla extract 
  • 1/2 teaspoon  salt 
  • 1 cup  chopped pecans  (roasted)

Cinnamon Sugar:

  • 1/4 cup  white sugar  (or light brown sugar)
  • 1/2 teaspoon  ground cinnamon 
  • 1/4 cup  unsalted butter  (melted)

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 1 cup 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 Sweet Potatoes:

  1. In the meantime, add the cubed potatoes to a dutch oven or large sauce pan. Cover with water and sprinkle some salt, 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 until very smooth and set aside to cool off a bit.

Cinnamon Sugar:

  1. Combine the sugar and cinnamon in a small bowl. Stir and set aside.

Prepare Souffle:

  1. In a medium bowl combine: melted butter, brown sugar, beaten eggs, cream, vanilla, salt and flour. Whisk well to combine, a hand mixer can be used as well.
  2. Add the mixture to the mashed sweet potatoes and stir until well combined. A hand mixer can be used for this as well.
  3. Transfer the mixture to the prepared baking dish. Smooth the top.
  4. Sprinkle with chopped pecans and cinnamon sugar evenly. Drizzle the melted butter on top.

Bake:

  1. Cover dish with foil, to avoid pecan topping from burning. Bake for about 30 minutes, uncover and bake for another 20-30 minutes or until puffed and lightly browned on the edges and top.

  2. Serve immediately or cool and refrigerate for later.
Calories: 550 Carbohydrates: 56 Protein: 7 Fat: 34 Saturated Fat: 15 Cholesterol: 132 Sodium: 279 Potassium: 700 Fiber: 6 Sugar: 21 Vitamin A: 25020 Vitamin C: 4.4 Calcium: 104 Iron: 1.8
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candy

Sweet potato dish is always on the menu for Thanksgiving Day.  This looks really delicious and something different for us to try out.  

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Tamara

This is by far my favorite recipe for Thanksgiving. Its been a family tradition for so many years now. So good!!

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Amber Myers

I will love this! I'm all about sweet potatoes. These photos are making me drool. I need to make this for sure.

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Tasheena

I've never tried a Sweet Potato Souffle. This recipe looks amazing though, and would be perfect to add to our Thanksgiving menu. 

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Karen

That looks so good! This is exactly the kind of thing I love to serve for dessert at Thanksgiving and Christmas. I need to make this.

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Melissa Chapman

You are right about Thanksgiving the side dishes are always the best part.This souffle is a great side dish and i love the pecan topping. I hope I can make it for this fall season.

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Sarah Bailey

It is honestly amazing the things you can make with sweet potato! I am loving the idea of a souffle made with it as well - how cool! I'll have to give this a whirl for the next time we have people coming over.

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Glenda Cates

I don't care for Sweet Potatoes but my husband does so he could eat this and just let me have all the Pecans on top of it. As I love all kinds of nuts.

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Jeanette E.

This looks amazing! I just showed it to my kids too and we have everything to make it today + have it for Thanksgiving. Thanks for the recipe!

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Nancy L.

Oh! Wow! This looks delicious, Catalina! I can't wait to try this recipe in place of our usual sweet potatoes for Thanksgiving dinner. The crunchy topping sounds soooo good!

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Marysa

I've never had anything like this, but it sounds delicious. I love the difference in textures and the topping. This would be great during the holidays!

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Tabitha Blue

Okay, this looks amazing!!!! Yum. I think I'd really like the texture too. Going to save this for the holidays!

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Kimberly Conover Dickerson

I pinned this as soon as I saw the words "Sweet Potato Souffle." It's one of my faves! My mom makes this (similar recipe) about once a year and it's oh so good.

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Terri Steffes

I think this would make a wonderful side dish for my Thanksgiving table. I have three different meals to go to and this would work at all three.

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Dennis Littley

Your Sweet Potato Souffle looks delicious. I wouldn't wait for Thanksgiving to make it though! Why wait?

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Natalie

I love me some sweet potatoes! I've never heard of Sweet Potato Souffle, that is such an interesting recipe!

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Jenn Mitchell

This looks like it would be so delicious. I have never made a souffle like this before with sweet potato.

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Melanie

I don’t eat meat, so Thanksgiving is all about the sides for me. This sounds amazing! I know it’ll be just the right amount of sweet.

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Brandy

I’m very excited to make this recipe for Thanksgiving. Quick question for the cinnamon sugar it says 1/4 sugar  1/2 tsp cinnamon  Is the sugar a cup, Tbs, Tsp? 

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cup, sorry updating now

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Darci Laws

How many cups of mashed sweet potato’s  do you use?

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I am sorry, not sure exactly in cups, but I specified how many lbs of potatoes I used.

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Might be too late of a reply since thanksgiving is over but I made this today and I used 4 sweet potatoes of various sizes. 

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Wilma

If I don't have self rising flour do I need to add baking powder and I feel so how much?

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Please check the blog post, I explain exactly how to make your own, hope it helps.

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Brandy

I made this today for a side dish for our Thanksgiving dinner. I tweaked it just a little when it came to the cinnamon sugar mixture and pecans. I couldn’t decide wether to use brown sugar or white so I used both and a used a whole bag of pecans because I love them so much! My mom makes something similar that she’s always called a soufflé, hers is more dense whereas this was light and fluffy. The whole house smelled amazing and it was DELICIOUS!!! Thanks for the recipe 

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Stacie

I need this in my life! When the holidays roll around, I make every possible sweet potato dish I can. I have to try this!

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Brianne

That looks insanely delicious! I love the pecans, and there are a lot of them! I'll bookmark this for next Thanksgiving!

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the pecans add such a nice crunch!

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Liz Mays

Oh this is looking like a real comfort dish. I could definitely go for some of that warm sweet potato flavor.

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its so good!

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Kathy

That looks amazing. I want to give this a try soon. I think I may try it out for my holiday party I'm hosting.

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it will be a hit!

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Amy

Wow, this is taking sweet potato casserole to a whole new level. I need to make this for my next holiday!! Yum!

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It will be great for Christmas!

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Scott

That almost looks as bad for you as pecan pie! But it is potatoes, so it must be better for you!

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Sherry

This looks absolutely delicious. I am the only one in my household that likes sweet potatoes so I will have this all to myself. And then there will be leftovers. Yum!

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Jennifer

This is my absolute favorite side dish of all the ones that are happening during the holidays! It’s just the crunch of those pecans mix with the sweet potatoes!

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reesa

I love everything about how this sounds!! Perfect for a holiday meal!

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Indeed, its great for any occasion!

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Annemarie LeBlanc

Honestly, I haven't had sweet potato souffle before. Now I think I should! This dish looks divine! I love your tip of how to make my own self rising flour too. Thanks for the recipe. I will try this on the weekend.

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Becky

I made this for Thanksgiving and will make again for Christmas! It is the best sweet potato souffle, everyone loved it. Thanks for the recipe!

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Its a favorite around here too!

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