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Classic Sweet Potato Casserole

Cinnamon and cloves spiced sweet potato casserole with gooey, toasted marshmallow topping. A classic holiday dinner side dish!

Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword sweet potato casserole
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 5 people
Calories 452 kcal
Author Anna

Ingredients

  • 2.5 lbs sweet potatoes
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 cups mini marshmallows
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Instructions

  1. Start by peeling and chopping sweet potatoes. Place in a pot and cover with water. Bring to boil over medium heat and cook until potatoes are soft. Drain well (see note).
  2. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Butter a 2-quart casserole dish and set aside.
  3. Place cooked potatoes in large mixing bowl. Add brown sugar, butter, spices, salt, vanilla and eggs and mash with potato masher or whip with hand mixer.
  4. Spread the mixture in prepared casserole dish. Top with 1/4 cup of brown sugar, sprinkling it evenly over the top.
  5. Layer marshmallows in a single layer on top.
  6. Bake casserole for 12 to 15 minutes OR until the marshmallows are golden and toasted and the sides are bubbling. I always place it under the broiler for just 2 minutes to toast the topping just a bit more. You have to watch it carefully so it won't burn.
  7. Cool casserole for at least 10 minutes before serving.

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Recipe Notes

To make ahead: Cook potatoes till soft, cool completely, then mix with remaining ingredients. Spread mixture in buttered dish and cover the dish with saran wrap. Store in the fridge. Wait to top it with marshmallows (or pecan brown sugar topping) just before baking, for best results. After you take the casserole out of the fridge, let it sit in a room temperature for 30 minutes. If you take it from a cold fridge to a hot oven, the dish may shatter.

Drain cooked potatoes well, to prevent the water from collecting at the bottom of the casserole.

Nutrition Facts
Classic Sweet Potato Casserole
Amount Per Serving
Calories 452 Calories from Fat 54
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 6g 9%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Cholesterol 77mg 26%
Sodium 408mg 17%
Potassium 832mg 24%
Total Carbohydrates 94g 31%
Dietary Fiber 6g 24%
Sugars 53g
Protein 6g 12%
Vitamin A 648.2%
Vitamin C 6.6%
Calcium 10.5%
Iron 11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.