It’s Thanksgiving, y’all!! #family #eatingallday #grateful #howdiditgetheresoquickly? #youHAVEtotrythesepotatoes!
Alright, annoying over-hashtagging aside, you really do need to get this Sweet Potato Casserole with Pecan Streusel on your Thanksgiving table. To be clear, it’s fan-freakin-tastic any day of the year but it’s tailor-made for Thanksgiving. And the best part? Wait for it…
Make Ahead Side Dish
You can prep it ahead of time so all you have to do is pop it in the oven on the big day. That’s right! You can assemble this, streusel topping and all, cover it tightly with plastic wrap and pop it in the fridge on Wednesday. Give it 30-45 minutes on your counter on Thursday, just to bring it close to room temperature before baking it up.
Why THIS Sweet Potato Casserole with Pecan Streusel?
Of all the sweet potato casseroles this version is my favorite. Why? It’s full of flavor, but not super sweet. It actually tastes like a savory sweet potato side instead of dessert. My mom’s recipe, which is delicious, is basically a poorly disguised dessert that somehow made its way to our Thanksgiving table alongside the barbecued ribs and broccoli casserole. (You read that right. Barbecued ribs are what my childhood memories are built on. Turkey and I have never been friends.) Instead of whipping sugar into the sweet potatoes, maple syrup adds a touch of sweetness without overwhelming them.
Canned vs Fresh Sweet Potatoes
Fresh usually wins hands down over canned anything, but for this recipes, canned sweet potatoes get the W. They’re a huge timesaver – fresh sweet potatoes have to be cooked first – and the canned variety invariably whip up lighter and silkier than fresh.
So, if you’re into crunchy-creamy, savory with a hint of sweet, you need, yes, NEED, this Sweet Potato Casserole with Pecan Streusel on your Thanksgiving plate.
Use REAL maple syrup, not pancake syrup. Pancake syrup has a TON of sugar in it you don’t need in this recipe.
Mix the potatoes until they’re completely smooth. The contrast of the creamy, lumpless potatoes and the crunchy Streusel topping is part of this dish’s charm.
Large Bowl (or bowl of mixer)
Mix-mix-mixing those sweet potatoes until they’re silky smooth
Making Streusel topping