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Sweet Potato Casserole With Pecan Topping

This sweet potato casserole with pecan topping is a classic favorite Thanksgiving recipe that everyone will love. Buttery sweet potatoes are topped with a homemade salty sweet pecan crumble.

Gluten free sweet potato casserole with pecan crumble

No Thanksgiving table is complete without a sweet potato casserole, mashed potatoes, stuffing, gravy, cranberry sauce, creamed corn, green bean casserole, and all the fixin’s.

This sweet potato casserole with pecan topping is nothing like the bland sweet potato casseroles of the past.

It is buttery, spiced perfectly, and topped with the most amazing salty sweet pecan topping that makes my mouth water just thinking about it.

It’s even naturally gluten free for anyone with allergies. Everyone who tries it can’t get enough! It’s a holiday recipe that is sure to impress.

ingredients to make sweet potato casserole

Ingredients to make gluten free sweet potato casserole

  • sweet potatoes
  • butter
  • milk
  • pure maple syrup
  • brown sugar
  • pecans
  • vanilla extract
  • cinnamon and salt
Gluten free sweet potato casserole with pecan crumble

How to make Sweet Potato Casserole with Pecan Topping

Step 1: Make the sweet potatoes. You will need 5 cups of mashed cooked sweet potato. Peel the sweet potatoes first.

sweet potato in a sauce pan

Since I’m always finding ways to make Thanksgiving day faster, I often will boil my sweet potatoes the day before Thanksgiving and put them in the fridge.

You will need around 3 – 4 large sweet potatoes, depending on the size.

If you cut them into chunks before boiling you can cut down on the time that it will take for them to be fork tender.

boiling sweet potatoes for casserole

Step 2: Once the sweet potatoes are cooked, you can make the filling.

ingredients to make the sweet potato casserole filling

Add the mashed sweet potato, butter, milk, maple syrup, brown sugar, vanilla, cinnamon, and salt to a bowl and stir to combine.

ingredients for the sweet potatoes in a bowl

This sweet potato filling is buttery, sweet, and tastes heavenly!

ingredients for the sweet potatoes in a bowl mixed together

Step 3: Transfer the sweet potato casserole filling to a 9 by 13 baking dish and start making the pecan topping.

ingredients to make the gluten free pecan topping

This recipe calls for pecan crumbs, which is basically just taking pecans and placing them in a blender until a flour like texture forms.

It only takes a few seconds to blend up.

ingredients to make the gluten free pecan topping in a bowl

Add the pecan crumbs, butter, brown sugar, and salt to a bowl. Use a rubber spatula to stir until combined. The pecan crumble should resemble wet sand as pictured below.

ingredients to make the gluten free pecan topping mixed together

I love using pecan crumbs in desserts for the holidays!

Love Pecans? be sure to check out my pecan cream pie, pecan pie bars, pecan pie brownies, or my dark chocolate pecan cookie bars for Thanksgiving dessert!

sweet potatoes in the casserole dish

Step 4: Spread the pecan topping evenly over the top of the sweet potatoes and bake for 30 minutes at 350 degrees, until browned and bubbly.

pecan topping added over the sweet potatoes

When you have something sweet like the classic favorite sweet potato casserole, you absolutely need some salt in there to help counteract all the sweetness.

Gluten free sweet potato casserole with pecan crumble

While this is definitely sweet, it is contrasted by the saltiness of the topping and the flavors coincide perfectly in your mouth with each bite.

Sweet potato casserole went from a no-thank-you to a non negotiable part of my Thanksgiving table each year!

It just wouldn’t be Thanksgiving without this delicious sweet potato casserole on the table.

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sweet potato casserole with pecan topping

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wooden spoon taking a scoop of sweet potato casserole

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Yield: 15 servings

Sweet Potato Casserole With Pecan Topping

sweet potato casserole with pecan topping

This sweet potato casserole with pecan topping is a must have side for your Thanksgiving table! Melt in your mouth buttery sweet potatoes are topped with a salty sweet gluten free pecan topping.

Prep Time 45 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes

Ingredients

  • 5 cups mashed sweet potato (around 3-4 large sweet potatoes)
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 1/3 cup 2% milk
  • 1/4 cup pure grade a maple syrup
  • 2/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt

For the Pecan Topping

  • 3 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1 1/4 cups pecan crumbs (see notes)
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt

Instructions

  1. Peel and boil the sweet potatoes until they are soft and fall apart easily. You can do this the day before to save time on prep work.
  2. Measure the mashed sweet potato into a bowl
  3. To the sweet potatoes, add butter, milk, maple syrup, brown sugar, vanilla extract, cinnamon, and salt and stir well
  4. Transfer the sweet potato filling to a 9 by 13 casserole dish
  5. Add pecan crumbs, butter, brown sugar, and salt to a bowl and mix with a rubber spatula to combine. The crumble should resemble wet sand
  6. Spread the pecan topping evenly over the top of the sweet potatoes
  7. Bake the sweet potato casserole at 350 degrees for 30 minutes, or until bubbly

Notes

Use a food processor or blender to grind up the pecans into flour texture

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

15

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 329Total Fat: 20gSaturated Fat: 9gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 10gCholesterol: 37mgSodium: 276mgCarbohydrates: 37gFiber: 2gSugar: 29gProtein: 2g

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Madison

Wednesday 24th of November 2021

Has anyone used canned yams instead of sweet potatoes?

Chris C

Sunday 21st of November 2021

Has anyone made this the night before and then heated on Thanksgiving? Looking to make things ahead if possible.

Cynthia G Schoffstall Brown

Monday 15th of November 2021

Every Thanksgiving & Christmas I'm asked to make this casserole. Only difference is that my family likes some crunch so I just use chopped pecans instead of using a blender to make the flour texture. It's became a tradition for holiday meals.

Joy Shull

Monday 15th of November 2021

I love to hear that. Thank you so much for sharing and Happy Thanksgiving to your family!

Joy Shull

Tuesday 16th of October 2018

Delicious, we make it every year!

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