Sweet Potato Casserole Recipe (2024)

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How far ahead can you bake the sweet potatoes? Thank you!


Can this be made ahead of time?


Why all the sugar? There is sugar in the orange juice and sweet potatoes are already sweet. I am going to make this without added sugar in the main part of the dish and half the amount of sugar recommended for the topping. Has anyone tried that yet?

Emily Weinstein

Hello all, apologies for the confusion about the eggs!

An earlier version of this recipe did in fact include eggs. We have since retested and revised it to make it creamier, omitting the eggs, increasing the melted butter and adding milk or cream. You'll see the corrected recipe here. We hope you'll find it even more delicious.


Comment:Leave out the sugarJuice the orange instead of using store-bought juice.Substitute coconut milk for the heavy creamFor the topping:-Omit sugar- Use some toasted coconut with the pecans.

Rosalind Hanckel

Yes, it can be made in advance... Just be careful reheating it so you don't burn the topping. Or better yet, make it in advance, but don't bake it with the topping until the last minute.


I added orange zest, and a couple of tablespoons of bourbon and a few shakes of orange bitters. Unbelievably luscious!


The size of the “casserole dish” needs to be stated!!! Is it a 9 x 13 inch casserole dish, or like the photo in the recipe indicates closer to 9 x 5 inch dish? VERY FRUSTRATING!!!


Cooked sweet potatoes in Instant Pot on High Pressure for 15 minutes. They were perfect!


I made this a day ahead (casserole and its topping separately refrigerated) using the juice of half a Cara Cara orange. The next day, after brought to room temperature, I reheated it for 30 mins. at 350. It was light and creamy; accompanied an Easter ham; everyone loved it (especially the men).


Bea, how did your family like your reduced sugar version? Did you make any other changes? I usually put a little cinnamon & nutmeg in mine along with a shot of bourbon. The tiny amount of alcohol cooks off, so no problem there, and I like its flavor.


At our house we try to make everyone happy...for the topping angle stripes of mini marshmallows and the pecan mixture alternately (idea from Southern Living.) It looks pretty and all get their favorite topping.

Marian Burros


Please someone respond to how far in advance this can be prepared.


Looks to me like a 7" x 11", but you could use 9x9 or a round dish 10" across for about the same area. I do a similar praline sweet potato casserole -- which is delicious with the combination of creamy mashed sweet potatoes and crunchy toasted pecan topping -- using about 5-6 potatoes and baking it in a 9x13 dish.


I substitute a tablespoon of maple syrup for the sugar in the potatoes. They are still plenty sweet and delicious.

Dean LP

Just did a variation on this recipe. Not wanting to use milk from a can (snob, snob) I substituted it with one part heavy cream and two parts whole milk. I'm sure it gave the dish more body and a richer flavor.


Too sweet and far too watery. I thought I would up my game with a new recipe, but this was an unexpected flop.


This was a hit at Thanksgiving 2023. Will be a regular potluck contribution for me annually! Thanks!

Sam Shepperd

This was very good and will go into my Thanksgiving recipe file. I added about a teaspoon of orange zest to complement. Don’t skip the topping.


Made this in an 9" round casserole dish. I roasted the potatoes longer, about 2 hours -- they were sweet enough that I omitted the brown sugar in the potatoes completely and didn't miss it. Also swapped the cream for unsweetened soy milk and felt fine about that too. A big hit at Thanksgiving!


Added cinnamon and vegan marshmallows on top

Martha M

A big hit with everyone. I reduced the brown sugar in the potatoes by 1/2, used 1 cup pecans


One of my favorite Thanksgiving traditions - love this recipe, love the dish. The only bad part was that I didn't have any leftovers - it went fast!


I modified the topping. Added 1/3 c gf flour and 1/2 c oatmeal to pecans butter and sugar. Pinch of salt. My son in law who never liked sweet potato casserole before went wild for it.


“Bake the potatoes “: Does that mean just throw them in the oven (maybe pricking with) fork? Normally, a baked potato involves coating with an oil, wrapping in foil and then baking. I feel like not wrapping could produce dry potato flesh.

Martha M

I baked them with no coating or pricking and it was easy to peel the skin off, inside was still moist


Is there any reason NOT to do the initial baking of the potatoes in a microwave? So quick and doesn't take up oven space on Thanksgiving..


Can you substitute walnuts or another nut for pecans? Having a hard time finding pecans the day before Thanksgiving.

Deirdre M.

You think I can get away with a 7"x11" dish? Just reduce everything a little?


Yes, this recipe is very flexible!

Chris Semrod

Yummy. Add an ounce of tequila for a wonderfully flavored twist.

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