Praline Sweet Potato Casserole

Praline Sweet Potato Casserole – our new favorite sweet potato casserole!! Mashed sweet potatoes topped with a crunchy praline topping – so much better than our usual marshmallow-topped casserole!!! Sweet potatoes, eggs, heavy cream, brown sugar, vanilla, pecans, pumpkin pie spice, butter, sweetened condensed milk. Can make a day in advance and refrigerate until ready to eat. Perfect for Thanksgiving and Christmas! #sidedish #thanksgiving #christmas #glutenfree

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The BEST Sweet Potato Casserole

Last week I shared a delicious turkey recipe for your upcoming holiday meal. This week I am sharing a couple of sides and a dessert for your Thanksgiving dinner. This Praline Sweet Potato Casserole is a combination of a side dish and a dessert! Sweet potatoes topped with a yummy praline topping. OMG! SO good! It is definitely a new favorite in our house.

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How to Make Praline Sweet Potato Casserole

This casserole is super easy to make. The hardest part is boiling the sweet potatoes. Cook the potatoes and mash them. Add heavy cream, eggs, brown sugar, vanilla, and pumpkin pie spice. Fold in pecans. Spread potato mixture into a baking dish. Top with brown sugar, sweetened condensed milk, melted butter, and vanilla; spoon over potato mixture. Cut through with a knife to swirl the sauce and bake.

  • You can make this ahead of time and refrigerate overnight.
  • If you don’t like sweet potatoes, you can substitute an equivalent amount of butternut squash.
  • Is Sweet Potato Casserole gluten-free? Yes! All of the ingredients in this casserole are gluten-free.
  • Can Sweet Potato Casserole be frozen? Yes! You can freeze the casserole before or after baking.
    • To freeze after baking, cool completely. Cover with plastic wrap and aluminum foil and freeze. To reheat, thaw completely and reheat covered in the oven until warmed through,
    • To freeze before baking, I suggest leaving off the topping. When ready to bake, thaw completely and add the praline topping and bake as directed.
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Easy Holiday Side Dish

This casserole will definitely be on our holiday table. It is seriously delicious!!! The crunchy praline topping is a great change from the usual marshmallow-topped sweet potato casserole. Give this a try for your holiday meal. I promise you won’t be disappointed! Here are a few more of our favorite holiday meal recipes that go great with this casserole:

Make Ahead Pocketbook Rolls

Make-Ahead Pocketbook Rolls – the dough will keep for 2 weeks in the refrigerator!! Great make-ahead side for your holiday…

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Praline Sweet Potato Casserole

Yield: 6 people
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 45 mins
Praline Sweet Potato Casserole – our new favorite sweet potato casserole!! Mashed sweet potatoes topped with a crunchy praline topping – so much better than our usual marshmallow topped casserole!!! Sweet potatoes, eggs, heavy cream, brown sugar, vanilla, pecans, pumpkin pie spice, butter, sweetened condensed milk. Can make a day in advance and refrigerate until ready to eat. Perfect for Thanksgiving and Christmas! #sidedish #thanksgiving #christmas #sweetpotatoes

Ingredients:

  • 2 medium sweet potatoes, peeled and cubed
  • ½ cup heavy whipping cream
  • 2 large eggs
  • ¼ cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla extract
  • tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • ½ cup chopped pecans
  • cup packed brown sugar
  • ¼ cup sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 Tbsp butter, melted
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract

Instructions:

  • Preheat oven to 325ºF. Lightly spray an 8×8-inch or 9×9-inch pan with cooking spray. Set aside.
  • Place sweet potatoes in a large saucepan and cover with water. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and cook 10-15 minutes or until tender. Drain potatoes and place in a large bowl.
  • Add heavy cream, eggs, ¼ cup brown sugar, 1 Tbsp vanilla, pumpkin pie spice to cooked sweet potatoes. Mix with a hand-held mixer until smooth. Fold in pecans.
  • Spread potato mixture into prepared pan.
  • Combine ⅓ cup brown sugar, sweetened condensed milk, melted butter, and ½ tsp vanilla; spoon over potato mixture. Cut through with a knife to swirl the sauce.
  • Bake, uncovered, 30 to 40 minutes.

Notes:

  • You can make this ahead of time and refrigerate overnight.
  • If you don’t like sweet potatoes, you can substitute an equivalent amount of butternut squash.
  • Can Sweet Potato Casserole be frozen? Yes! You can freeze the casserole before or after baking.
    • To freeze after baking, cool completely. Cover with plastic wrap and aluminum foil and freeze. To reheat, thaw completely and reheat covered in the oven until warmed through,
    • To freeze before baking, I suggest leaving off the topping. When ready to bake, thaw completely and add the praline topping and bake as directed.

Steph

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  1. Hi!
    This sounds great! However I’m in charge of sweet potatoes for about 30 people. Can I triple the recipe and bake in a 9×13 pan? How long would you suggest on how long to bake? The hostess asked me not to use nuts but I’d like to serve them on the side for those who’d like. Do you think they should be roasted separately? Inquiring minds want to know.

    1. Typically you would use a 9×13-inch pan if you are doubling the recipe. To triple the recipe, you could use one 9×13 and one 9-inch square pan. I would keep the baking times about the same. As far as the nuts, roasted nuts are always delicious. You could certainly roast some and serve them on the side for those that would enjoy them.

  2. Hi Steph!

    Great looking recipe. Could you tell me approximately how many cups of sweet potato you are expecting to get out of the 2 medium sweet potatoes? I've already cooked the potatoes, so I have no idea what portion of what I've cooked is 2 medium potatoes.

    Thanks!

    1. Ellen – I didn’t measure the potatoes after I cooked them. I just used 2 Potatoes. My guess would be 1-1/2 to 2 cups mashed. How many did you make? Maybe measure your mashed potatoes and divide it out to see how much 2 would be.

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