Sweet Potato Casserole with Pecan Streusel

Thanksgiving dinner just isn’t the same without sweet potato casserole. Ditch the marshmallows and try this Sweet Potato Casserole with Pecan Streusel!

Sweet Potato Casserole with Pecan Streusel

Sweet Potato Casserole with Pecan Streusel

This week has been one darn busy week. On Sunday I spent the entire day cooking a mock Thanksgiving dinner. And between a group project at school and the increase of work at my job, I feel like I am about to explode! I already have 2 1/2 hours of overtime this week. Today will probably make it 3 or more hours. But I’m fine with that. For now. The extra money is always nice. How has your week been?

One of my favorite side dishes for any holiday meal is sweet potato casserole. It’s such a simple dish to make and it tastes amazing. The flavors remind me of Thanksgiving and Christmas dinner. My mom always makes it topped with marshmallows and I absolutely love it! But as much as I love marshmallow topped sweet potato casserole, I wanted to try something different this year. Pecan streusel sounded like a perfect fit for the casserole!

Sweet Potato Casserole with Pecan Streusel

I made this dish for my mock Thanksgiving dinner last weekend. It turned out perfect! Pecans, brown sugar, cinnamon, butter, sweet potatoes. What’s not to love? Plus, it’s super simple to make. I cooked my sweet potatoes in the microwave. It saves time, which is a perk when you’re cooking a large meal. After cooking the sweet potatoes, I removed them from their skins and placed them in a mixing bowl. I added a little brown sugar, cinnamon and butter and then mashed them up. I put the mixture in a small casserole dish and topped it with a mixture of pecans, butter, brown sugar and cinnamon. I baked it for 30-40 minutes, until I got a nice, crisp, golden topping. I hope you enjoy this recipe!

Sweet Potato Casserole with Pecan Streusel
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Recipe type: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Serves: 6-8 servings
  • 4 medium sweet potatoes
  • ¼ C butter
  • ¼ C brown sugar
  • ½ tsp ground cinnamon
For the topping
  • ¼ C butter, room temp
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1½ C ground pecans
  • Pinch of cinnamon
  1. Cook the sweet potatoes until they are soft to the touch. You can bake them but to save time, I microwaved mine. I just used the potato setting on my microwave and selected 4 for the number of potatoes.
  2. Remove the potatoes from their skins and place in a mixing bowl. Add ¼ C butter, ¼ C brown sugar and ½ tsp ground cinnamon and mash together.
  3. In a food processor, combine the pecans, 2 tbsp brown sugar and the pinch of cinnamon and butter. Pulsate until combined.
  4. Place the sweet potatoes in a small casserole dish and top with the pecan mixture. Place in a baking pan to prevent messes in your oven.
  5. Bake at 350 for 30-40 minutes or until the pecan topping is golden.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: ½ C

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  1. says

    This may be my new favorite Thanksgiving dish. Even though I haven’t tried it yet, I know I will love it. I love sweet potatoes and you know how I love pecans! Thanks for sharing, Julie! Have a great weekend!

  2. says

    The pecans sound like a great switch for the marshmallows. My husband is English and the first Thanksgiving he spent with my parents was an eye opener for him. He couldn’t believe that we put marshmallows on a vegetable! He still won’t eat them but I love sweet potatoes and make some version for myself every year.

  3. says

    This sounds so delicious, Julie! :) It is a nice change from the traditional sweet potato casserole. Although, I am pretty sure I would have a revolt on my hands here if I didn’t use the little marshmallows, lol! ;)

  4. says

    This looks delicious. Love the topping. We’re celebrating Thanksgiving at Saturday Dishes. I’d love it if you linked this.

    Wishes for tasty dishes,

  5. says

    Julie, this looks SO good! I love sweet potatoes and could just dive right in! :) Thanks so much for joining us and sharing at Best of the Weekend – pinning and sharing! Hope you have a happy Sunday!

  6. says

    I’ve never tried a dish like this…and I love it! I’m actually printing it out for THE dinner. I host it every year…and very picky what with what’s on the menu. (Maybe that’s why I’m always in charge… is that a little controlling?!) Hope you’re enjoying your weekend! (YOu’re a busy lady!)

  7. says

    Sweet potato anything is my favorite side dish too! I love this version you made – it looks so delicious! And I love that you cooked the sweet potatoes in the microwave, what a great shortcut

  8. says

    Looks amazing Julie! I love sweet potatoes and I’m all ways looking for new ways to cook with them. I definitely think I’m going to try this one! Thanks!

  9. Krpincincinnati says

    I love this! In the recipe you call for 1/4 cup of butter room temperature for the topping, but you didn’t include this ingredient in the food processor. Is it supposed to go in the food processor? Or did you not use it in the topping? Thanks so much! My computer crashed last year which had my recipe in it and this looks like the same recipe. Thanks so much!

  10. Peter says

    The recipe looks good, but microwave the sweet potatoes?!!? If you want real flavor from a sweet potato it needs to be wrapped in foil and roasted in a 450 degree oven until it is soft enough to run a skewer through. That way the sugar caramelizes and you get lots of delicious sweet syrup which adds a ton of flavor. 45 minutes to an hour should be enough for a good sized potato. Skip the microwave and roast the potatoes – it’s worth the extra time.

    • says

      Hi Peter,
      I’ve actually baked sweet potatoes many times. I’ve also grilled them. But when you are cooking a ton of stuff or if you don’t have an hour or more to wait for potatoes to oven bake, microwaving works just fine.

      Thanks for stopping by!

      • Peter says

        I get crazy when it comes to sweet potatoes – one of my absolute favorite foods (sweet potato biscuits are incredible when done right), so to me microwaving a sweet potato is like boiling a steak :-) Gotta have that Maillard reaction in the oven! But you are absolutely right that when pressed for time the microwave will do the trick for sure.

        • says

          Oh my gosh! Boiling a steak?! That’s a crime! I only like my steaks grilled. I don’t even like them cooked on a skillet on a stove.

          Have you ever tried grilled sweet potatoes? They are so good and pretty easy to make. If you haven’t tried them, you should sometime. :)

          • says

            Hi Peter,
            I peel and dice the sweet potatoes, drizzle with either olive oil or grapeseed oil and then season with a little brown sugar and cinnamon. We put the potatoes in a grill wok and then grill them. My boyfriend actually does the grilling part so I am not sure what he has the grill set at and whether or not he uses indirect or direct heat. I will find out!


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