Classic Sweet Potato Casserole

Classic Sweet Potato Casserole

This classic sweet potato casserole is based on my grandmother’s recipe, which was sweet but not make-your-teeth-fall-out sweet, the latter of which is how many of my friends and family members like it. So whenever I cook some newfangled version—one that (gasp!) omits the marshmallows and adds weird stuff like brandy or cranberries—my dinner guests don’t argue about it, but snipes do arise. One friend, aiming to put an end to the foolishness, once said in all seriousness, “They don’t call ’em sweet potatoes for nothin’.”–Denise Gee

LC The Thing About Sweet Potato Casserole Note

You know the thing about sweet potato casserole? Whichever recipe you grew up plopping on your plate and demolishing before you’d even touched your turkey is probably the recipe that you’re going to use as a measuring stick for all others. And that’s fair enough. It’s a familiarity thing. We get it. That said, if grandma’s recipe isn’t available to you, or if after all these years you’re maybe thinking it’s time you try something a little different, this is the recipe you gotta try. It’s an easy and reliable starting point for recreating the classic sweet potato casserole of your childhood—and perhaps even usurping and replacing it. As reassurance, our recipe testers are raving about this casserole in their comments, which you’ll find beneath the recipe. They’re saying stuff like, “This one is a keeper.” “My new go-to sweet potato casserole.” And, our favorite, “To my utter astonishment, I liked it.” Got something of your own to say about this classic sweet potato casserole recipe? Let us know in a comment below.

Classic Sweet Potato Casserole

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  • 30 M
  • 1 H, 45 M
  • Serves 10 to 12
5/5 - 3 reviews
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Preheat the oven to 375°F (191°C). Lightly butter a 13-by-9-inch or 3-quart casserole dish.

If using canned mashed sweet potatoes, dump them in a bowl.

If using whole sweet potatoes, cut them into 1-inch cubes, place them in a large pot, add enough cold water to cover, and bring to a boil. Simmer for 15 minutes, until very tender. Drain the potatoes in a colander and let them cool slightly. Turn the sweet potatoes into a large bowl and mash until smooth with the back of a spoon, a hand mixer, or a food processor.

Add both sugars, the half-and-half, butter, vanilla, salt, cinnamon, ginger, and nutmeg to the mashed sweet potatoes and stir well to combine. Taste and adjust the seasonings as desired. Add the eggs and mix well. Spoon the sweet potato mixture into the prepared casserole dish. (You can cover and refrigerate the casserole at this point for up to 24 hours. You may need to allow a few more minutes in the oven to rewarm.) Cover with aluminum foil and bake until heated through, 30 to 40 minutes.

Remove the casserole from the oven and gently stir the mixture to ensure it’s warmed evenly throughout, about 20 minutes. Sprinkle the marshmallows over the top and return it to the oven, uncovered, until the marshmallows are golden brown, up to 15 minutes. Serve immediately.

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Recipe Testers' Reviews

I've had several different types of sweet potato casserole in the past and disliked it time and again for being dessert-like sweet. My family convinced me to give this recipe a try and, to my utter astonishment, I liked it. This classic sweet potato casserole was creamy and savory with a little sweetness. I liked the combination of spices. After peeling, I steamed them until tender and then mashed them by hand with the other ingredients except for the marshmallows. I found that mashing by hand made the potatoes very smooth, so a mixer wan't necessary. They were then put into a large oval casserole and baked for 30 minutes using a convection oven. I did go a little wrong here in that we had a 15-minute drive to my daughter's home and I mistakenly put the marshmallows on the top before we left thinking I'd brown them at her home. They melted completely into the dish, and no trace was left but a few white fluffs on the sides. The dish was delicious, with many people taking seconds. I remade the dish a second time, browning the marshmallows as directed, and there was no difference in taste between the two, but the browned marshmallow did look very pretty on top. I can see this pretty dish gracing many future holiday tables, although I might forgo or at least decrease the amount of regular sugar, as I don't know that it added much to the overall flavor of the dish other than more sweetness.

I am someone who likes sweet potatoes straight out of the oven, so that is how we started this recipe—by baking the beautiful orange potatoes. I was intrigued by the addition of sugars, eggs, and spices. I was thinking it would be too sweet. We cooked the sweet potato casserole for 25 minutes and then added the marshmallows and cooked for 15 minutes. The marshmallows swelled up, and the entire casserole was beautiful. We also made this sweet potato casserole recipe on Christmas and parbaked the casserole for 20 minutes and finished it off in the oven the next day. We ended up using jumbo marshmallows, and the topping still browned beautifully. My kids loved it. I will use this recipe again.

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  1. Love it, I opted for baking my sweet potatoes in the oven instead of boiling them and tasted awesome!

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