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The Best Sweet Potato Casserole For Your Next Feast
The Best Sweet Potato Casserole For Your Next Feast
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Holidays are a time to celebrate traditions and preparing meals from family recipes handed down from one generation to the next is part of the fun. Sweet potatoes topped with toasted marshmallows is a hands-down, time-honored classic. Switch up this traditional holiday side dish by adding a crispy layer of roasted pecans, creating a sweet-and-savory, flavorful casserole. Not only is it delicious, but it's nutritious, too.

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Nutritional Information

Serving Size: 1/2 cup
  • Calories224
  • Carbohydrates30g
  • Protein3g
  • Fat11g
  • Sodium180mg

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Health Benefits

Sweet Potatoes

The stars of this delicious dish, sweet potatoes are an excellent source of dietary fiber. They're also rich in Vitamin A which helps regulate cell growth, benefits skin and vision health, and aids the body in its defense against illnesses and infection.

Sweet Potatoes

Pecans

Pecans contribute healthy doses of fiber, copper, thiamine, and zinc and provide healthy monounsaturated fatty acids, which benefit heart health.

Pecans

Eggs

Eggs offer a variety of nutrients, including Vitamins A, B2, B5, B12, and selenium, an important antioxidant.

Eggs

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What You'll Need

Ingredients

  • 4 cups of cooked sweet potatoes, skinned and cut into cubes
  • ½ cup white sugar
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 2 large eggs, beaten
  • 4 Tbsp butter, softened
  • ½ cup milk
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • ½ cup brown sugar, packed
  • ½ cup all-purpose flour
  • 3 Tbsp butter, softened
  • ½ cup chopped pecans

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Required Kitchenware

This isn't a complicated recipe, so you won't require any specialized or professional cookware or utensils. To cook the sweet potatoes, use a medium-sized saucepan. You'll also need two mixing bowls — a larger one for the sweet potato mixture, and a medium one for the topping ingredients. Make sure you have measuring cups, measuring spoons, and large mixing spoons for combining the ingredients. To bake, use a 9X13 inch baking dish.

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9x13 inch baking dish
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Instructions

1. Prepare the potatoes

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F (165 degrees C). Cube the sweet potatoes. Bring the water to boil in a medium saucepan. Add the sweet potatoes and cook over medium-high heat until they're tender. Drain the water and mash.

1. Prepare the potatoes

2. Mix the potatoes with the other ingredients

Place the mashed sweet potatoes in the large mixing bowl. Add the white sugar, butter, milk, eggs, and vanilla extract. Mix the ingredients until you have a smooth, creamy consistency. Transfer the mixture into the 9x13 baking dish and set aside.

2. Mix the potatoes with the other ingredients

3. Combine the topping ingredients

Mix the brown sugar with the flour, then cut in the butter until the mixture is coarse, about pea-sized. Add the pecans, and gently combine them with the butter mixture. Top the sweet potatoes with this mixture.

3. Combine the topping ingredients

4. Bake

Place the casserole in the oven, on the middle rack. Bake for 30 minutes. You'll know it's done once the topping turns a light golden brown.

4. Bake

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Expert Tips

Don't peel the potatoes before cooking

Although it's the messier option, some professional cooks say the potatoes taste better if you boil them unpeeled, then remove the peel afterward.

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unpeeled sweet potatoes

Bake the potatoes

Another option is to bake the sweet potatoes instead of boiling them. It bumps up the flavor a few notches.

baking sweet potatoes

Use a non-dairy milk substitute

Milk allergies, lactose intolerance, and dietary restrictions are common health issues. Using non-dairy milk in is an option in almost every recipe. Instead of regular milk, substitute soy milk, cashew milk, or oat milk, one-to-one.

non-dairy milk substitutes

Swap ingredients for a vegan dish

Substitute the regular butter with a non-hydrogenated, high-quality, vegan version. You can also substitute the brown sugar with a vegan-friendly, organic, natural, raw, or unrefined sugar. Brown rice syrup or coconut sugar work, too, though you may need to reduce other liquid ingredients.

vegan sugar
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