Casseroles Sweet

Sweet Potato Casserole

Whether you serve it as a side dish or dessert, this classic casserole offers the perfect balance of sugar and autumn spice.

This dish is a perpetual favorite at our family holiday celebrations. Is it a side dish? Is it a dessert? We place it right in between the casseroles and the pies, so everyone gets to make that decision on their own.

Jump to Recipe

Start by peeling and dicing your sweet potatoes. The size of the cubes doesn’t really matter, as long as they are consistent. The smaller the cubes, the faster they will cook.

Place your diced sweet potatoes in a large pot and cover with water. Bring to a boil and allow to boil until you can smoothly pierce the potatoes with a fork (usually 10-15 minutes).

While your potatoes are boiling, prepare the streusel topping. Combine melted butter with the brown sugar, flour, pecans, and spices. Mix thoroughly; the final product should be approximately the texture of clumpy sand. Set aside while you prepare the rest of the dish.

Once your sweet potatoes have finished boiling, drain the potatoes and dump them in a mixing bowl. Place butter amidst your potatoes and briefly allow to melt while you gather your other ingredients. Once butter has partially melted, mash the potatoes either by hand or using the paddle attachment on your stand mixer.

Next, add your brown sugar, maple syrup, cinnamon, nutmeg, and lemon juice. Mix thoroughly, making sure the sugar is completely dissolved. Finally, stir in the egg, making sure it is completely incorporated.

Pour your batter into a greased 8″ by 8″ pan. This is the point in which you can halt your progress and place the casserole into an airtight container for storage – either into the refrigerator for up to 4 days, or in the freezer for up to 3 months. Cooking instructions will always be the same whether cooking from fresh or frozen, as long as you have allowed the dish to thaw completely. In all cases, I recommend making the streusel topping fresh on the day of baking.

Whenever you decide to bake your casserole, top with streusel. Bake for 30 minutes; allow to cool for 5-10 minutes before serving.

Regardless of whether your family categorizes this dish as a side dish or a dessert, I hope you enjoy this recipe!

Sweet Potato Casserole with Streusel Topping

Whether you serve it as a side dish or dessert, this classic casserole offers the perfect balance of sugar and autumn spice.
Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 1 hr
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 9 servings


  • 8" by 8" pan



  • 2-3 sweet potatoes peeled and diced
  • 2 tablespoons butter (1/4 stick)
  • 1/3 cup milk can substitute soy or coconut milk
  • 1/8 cup brown sugar
  • ¼ cup maple syrup
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1 egg

Streusel topping

  • 1 stick butter melted
  • 1 cup Flour
  • 2 cup Brown sugar
  • 4 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 cup chopped pecans


  • Place sweet potatoes in a pot and cover completely with water. Bring to a boil; allow to cook until potatoes are soft (10-15 minutes).
  • Place cooked potatoes in bowl along with butter; allow butter to melt, and then mix to combine ingredients.
  • Add the remainder of your casserole ingredients to the potatoes; mix thoroughly to combine. Once the potatoes have been mixed to a smooth consistency, transfer to a greased 8" by 8" baking dish. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  • While the oven is preheating, make the streusel topping. First, mix together the melted butter and brown sugar. Then add the flour, pecans, and spices and mix thoroughly. The final texture should resemble wet sand.
  • Pour topping over the potato mixture, spreading in an even layer. Bake for 30 minutes at 350 degrees F.
  • Allow to cool for 5-10 minutes before serving.


This casserole can be prepared ahead of time! After placing potato mixture in a greased casserole dish, cover securely and seal using plastic wrap. This can be refrigerated for up to 4 days or frozen for up to 3 months. Before cooking, thaw completely in the refrigerator (may take up to a full day). Prepare topping fresh before cooking.
To prepare for a 9″ x 13″ pan use the following amounts of ingredients, and double the recipe for the streusel topping. All other instructions remain the same. 
4 large sweet potatoes, peeled and diced
¼ cup butter (half stick)
½ cup Milk (can substitute soy milk or coconut milk)
¼ cup Brown sugar
¼ cup Maple syrup
1 teaspoon Cinnamon
½ teaspoon Nutmeg
1 tablespoon lemon juice
2 eggs
Keyword american, casserole, christmas, holiday, Thanksgiving

1 comment on “Sweet Potato Casserole

  1. Pingback: Christmas Side Dish Recipes. 37 Sides to make any meal

Leave a Reply