This sweet potato casserole with marshmallows is everyone's favorite Thanksgiving side dish!
For the longest time I called this holiday side dish sweet potato PIE! I mean, we're talking for years. I didn't realize there is actually a pie, similar to pumpkin pie, that is actually sweet potato pie and that THIS (sweet potatoes topped with toasted marshmallows) is indeed Sweet Potato CASSEROLE. My recipe for sweet potato casserole is really easy and a family favorite.
Is sweet potato casserole a dessert or side dish?
This ever-so-popular sweet potato casserole graces our Thanksgiving table every year. There are many variations of serving sweet potatoes. This is probably one of the favorites of American households, and can seem more like a dessert than a side dish. But, it never fails to pop up on the dinner table right next to that turkey.
Sometimes sweet potato casserole IS served in a pie dish with a pie crust. Not my version! This sweet potato casserole is a side dish, not a dessert. Let sweet potato pie be served in the pie dish and keep the sweet potato casserole in the casserole dish!
Ben was telling me this weekend that he never liked sweet potatoes until he had them this way. He said it was life changing for him. He was 10 years old.
Can you freeze a sweet potato casserole?
Believe it or not, you can prep the sweet potato casserole ahead of time and store in the freezer. To freeze, prepare the mixture and spread into a casserole dish. (If you're freezing it, I recommend using a disposable foil pan.) Wrap it tightly in plastic wrap without the marshmallows and freeze for up to 3 months. When ready to bake, thaw in the fridge overnight, then top with the marshmallows and bake.
You can also make the casserole without the marshmallows up to 2 days in advance and store in the fridge until ready to bake. I always recommend waiting to top with the marshmallows until it's time to bake and serve. This creates the best toasty marshmallow topping that will otherwise become soggy while storing.
Not much is required to make this recipe. Gather these ingredients:
Grocery List for Sweet Potato Casserole
- Mini marshmallows (10 oz. bag)
- Sweet potatoes (5 medium)
- Butter (4 tablespoons)
- Brown sugar (1/2 cup)
- Orange juice (3 tablespoons)
- Ground cinnamon (1/2 teaspoon)
If you do not have orange juice on hand, another citrus juice will do. Or, just leave it out altogether -- no worries!
How do you make baked sweet potato casserole?
Making this recipe is as easy as 1-2-3! To bake sweet potato casserole, follow these simple steps:
- Peel and dice 5 medium sweet potatoes.
- Boil the sweet potatoes in a large pot until tender.
- Drain and mash sweet potatoes with butter, brown sugar, cinnamon and orange juice.
- Spread mixture into casserole dish and top with marshmallows.
- Bake at 350°F for 25 to 30 minutes.
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Do you serve sweet potato casserole as a Thanksgiving side dish or as a dessert?
Other Yummy Thanksgiving Side Dishes
- Slow Cooker Mashed Potatoes
- Corn Casserole
- Green Bean Casserole
- Strawberry Jell-O Fluff
- Easy Cornbread Dressing
Sweet Potato Casserole
- 5 medium sweet potatoes , peeled and diced
- 1/4 cup unsalted butter
- 1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 3 tablespoons orange juice
- 10 oz. package miniature marshmallows
- Place sweet potatoes in a large pot of boiling water. Boil until fork tender, about 15 minutes. Meanwhile, preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
- Drain the potatoes and return to pot, away from heat. Mash in the butter, brown sugar, cinnamon and orange juice. Spread evenly in a large greased casserole or 9- x 13- inch pan. Top with marshmallows.
- Bake for 25 to 30 minutes, or until marshmallows are golden brown.
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