sweet potato casserole with pecan streusel and marshmallow topping

Sweet Potato Casserole

Our family has to have Sweet Potato Casserole on the table at every holiday meal. Some of us like marshmallows on top, while the rest of us like pecan streusel. This year, I decided to switch it up a little and add both toppings! I mean, why not?

I aim to please.

I also made a few other changes…like adding cream cheese to the filling to give it an extra bit of love. It makes the sweet potatoes much creamier and adds great flavor.

How to Make Sweet Potato Casserole

To make your life easier, use a can of sweet potatoes (or yams) that have already been peeled. Add them to a mixing bowl and beat until creamy. Next, add cream cheese and beat until creamy again. Add butter, brown sugar, cinnamon, ground cloves and egg.

Mix well and pour into an 8 X 11 casserole dish. I like to use a pretty piece of pottery for this recipe since it’s often made for the holidays.

In a separate bowl, add pecans, brown sugar, flour and butter. Mix with hands until crumbly to create streusel. Sprinkle streusel over sweet potato filling, then fill in gaps with mini marshmallows. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes until marshmallows start to brown.

Watch the casserole carefully during cooking so the marshmallows don’t burn. You’ll know when it’s ready because you’ll smell a sweet candy aroma mixed with cinnamon and pecans wafting through the air!

Serving Suggestions

Allow the casserole to set for about 15 minutes before serving. You can make it ahead and keep in the fridge until ready to bake. If you decide to make it ahead, leave off the streusel and marshmallows and add those just before baking.

Be sure to try my other recipes that go well with Sweet Potato Casserole like Grilled Pork Tenderloin, Creamed Corn and Thanksgiving Dressing.

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sweet potato casserole with marshmallow and pecan streusel topping

Sweet Potato Casserole


  • Author: Debi ~ QuicheMyGrits
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 50 minutes
  • Yield: 8 1x

Description

Creamy Sweet Potato Casserole topped with pecan streusel and mini marshmallows tastes so good…it’s like eating dessert first!


Scale

Ingredients

FILLING

  • 40 oz. can of drained sweet potatoes (or canned yams) 
  • 4 oz. cream cheese, softened
  • 2 Tbsp. butter
  • 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp. ground cloves
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 egg

TOPPING

  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 2 Tbsp. all purpose flour
  • 2 Tbsp. butter
  • 2 cups mini marshmallows

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Drain a large can of sweet potatoes (or yams) until all the fluid is gone. Add to a mixer, then beat until creamy.
  3. Add cream cheese and beat until creamy again.
  4. Add butter, cinnamon, cloves, brown sugar, and egg.
  5. Mix ingredients well and pour into an 8 X 11 greased casserole dish.
  6. In a separate bowl, add pecans, brown sugar, flour and butter.
  7. Mix ingredients with hands until crumbly to create streusel.
  8. Sprinkle streusel over sweet potato filling, then fill in gaps with mini marshmallows.
  9. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes until marshmallows start to brown. 

Notes

Allow casserole to set for 15 minutes before serving.

If preparing casserole ahead of time, follow all steps except leave the topping off and add it before baking. Filling can be refrigerated for up to 2 days. 

  • Category: Sides
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: sweet potato casserole, yams, sweet potatoes, casserole, pecans, cinnamon, streusel topping, marshmallows, Thanksgiving

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8 Comments

  1. I have made this recipe for years. I can’t wait to try it adding marshmallows and cream cheese!

  2. SERIOUSLY guys. This is the best sweet potato dish ever! Not too sweet. Very creamy and savory. Oh oh oh must have at every holiday event going forward.

  3. Deby Taylor

    This sounds fantastic! Gonna make this instead of my usual. Always wondered about combining the two toppings! Thanks for sharing! Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours! ????

    • Hey Deby! So good to hear from you! I’m excited that you’re going to try my version of Sweet Potato Casserole. Please let me know how it goes…and Happy Thanksgiving to you too!

  4. My youngest son and I are both allergic to pecans. Will it cook the same if I just leave them out? I would love to make this recipe during the holidays!

    • Hi Alyssa. Yes, it will cook the same if you leave them out, but you should probably just put marshmallows on top and eliminate the pecan streusel topping ingredients altogether.

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