Praline Topped Sweet Potato Casserole plus Thanksgiving Side Dishes

This Praline Topped Sweet Potato Casserole will win over the whole family! Perfect Thanksgiving side dish that trumps the marshmallow version.
Praline Topped Sweet Potato Casserole |  Perfect Thanksgiving side dish

A Terrific Holiday Side Dish

Earlier this week, a girlfriend mentioned she’d been searching for Thanksgiving recipes on my blog…and didn’t come up with much. Typically bloggers will devote the weeks before a holiday to festive dishes, hoping they inspire their readers to add some of them to their menus. When it comes to Thanksgiving, our holiday table features the same ol’ side dishes over and over. My family does not want me experimenting with the stuffing or fruit salad or anything. Spinach souffle is on the menu for Thanksgiving, Christmas AND Easter. I’ve shared all these recipes with you…but you may have to dig deep into the bowels of my blog. Whoops, bowels may not be the most appetizing word to find on a food blog. Moving right along.

Praline Topped Sweet Potato Casserole |  Perfect Thanksgiving side dish

Sweet Potato Casserole

After recommending our local Junior League’s sweet potato recipe to my friend, I realized I hadn’t posted this Sweet Potato Casserole with Praline Topping with you all.  These candied sweet potatoes are a more elegant version of the classic marshmallow topped casserole. Be forewarned, though. This dish could almost pass for a dessert…so perfect for a carb heavy turkey day meal. But maybe a wee bit too sweet to serve any time but a holiday…at least for the hubby.

More Holiday Inspiration!

To save you from digging,  here are a few other Thanksgiving side dishes for you to consider:


Spinach Salad with Pears, Cranberries and Candied Pecans

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Holiday Fruit Salad


Pumpkin Challah


Spinach Souffle

Moomie’s Buns


Sweet Potato Casserole with Praline Topping
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A terrific sweet potato recipe that will convert even your biggest naysayer!
Recipe type: Thanksgiving, Side dish
Serves: 4-6 servings
Adapted from Winners cookbook
  • 3 cups mashed cooked sweet potatoes (about 3 large)
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • ½ cup milk
  • ⅓ cup flour
  • ⅔ cup brown sugar
  • ⅓ cup butter
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  1. Preheat oven to 350º.
  2. Butter 2 quart baking dish. Set aside.
  3. Combine sweet potatoes, sugar, vanilla and milk and mix well. Pour into baking dish and smooth top.
  4. Mix the flour and brown sugar. Cut in butter until mixture looks like coarse crumbs.
  5. Bake, uncovered, for 30 minutes.



  1. Oh you had me at the praline topping!

  2. This is very similar to the casserole I make each year. I love it, especially the pecan topping. I crave it year round.

  3. Wow, what a pretty casserole Liz! I love sweet potatoes and can’t stop staring at that wonderful praline topping!

  4. Lynn@Happier Than A Pig In Mud says:

    Sounds like a great holiday line-up! Happy Pre-Thanksgiving Week:@)

  5. Yes please! I love sweet potato casserole! I have to make a mini version every year because no one in my home really likes it. 🙁

  6. I waffle back and forth between sweet and savory sweet potatoes dishes. Happy early thanksgiving and thanks for the recipes,

  7. We eat at a friend’s home and I’m taking a similar casserole…every one seems to enjoy it. Your spinach soufflé is calling my name. I might have to take it as well. 🙂

  8. I plan around with Thanksgiving dishes leading up to the day but when it comes to Thanksgiving that is my mom’s show and it is always the same. Just how I want it.

  9. Oge @ healthy quick meals says:

    Thanks for the recipes Liz! I love sweet potatoes and that praline topping looks so delicious. I also appreciate that you gave us the whole line up and saved us from digging deep into the “bowels” 🙂

  10. This sweet potato casserole looks great

  11. What a great “collection” of holiday recipes! The Holiday Fruit Salad caught my eye – it sounds wonderful and your Moomies buns look great too! That sweet potato casserole sounds amazing. Happy week as you prepare for your Thanksgiving!!

  12. Moomie’s buns – I can hear them calling me all the way down here! I must have them!

    and this gorgeous casserole. It’s much like mine and I’ll definitely be eating this on Thanksgiving.

  13. Lizzy,
    Your hubby ate the casserole even with the pecans? It looks delicious and my hubby would love it.

  14. Man servant would love this. But this year he is getting sweet potato latkes. Suffer, baby!

  15. Smile. We’re about the classics too. I’m keeping things simple this year (letting mom do most of the cooking….we’re just bringing pie). I should pass this casserole her way though! Thank you for sharing!

  16. How very delicious, Liz. Great recipe, one I’d like to try!

  17. Wow, that is some side dishes, everything looks so so good.
    Love the classics and the buns, I need to make em’.

  18. The praline looks absolutely gorgeous my friend! Great idea on the casserole 😀


  19. Absolutely gorgeous casserole. The bun looks beautiful. Love’em.

  20. The praline topping looks so amazing!

  21. I’ve heard a lot of people say that their Thanksgiving menu is sacred and never shall it be altered! We’re a bit the same with our Christmas menu – we don’t like too many curve balls thrown in. There are some recipes that are just really special and tend to only be used on very special occasions and there will be hell on earth if any of these don’t appear on the table! Your praline topped sweet potato looks like a great turkey accompaniment xx

  22. I would scoop all of the praline topping off and no one else would get any! That’s mean itsn’t it? OK, I would only scoop off half of the praline topping.

  23. I love your Thanksgiving menu selection of the beautiful and delicious side dishes! One special bread I would love to make is the Pumpkin Challah! Simply amazing and gorgeous! xo

  24. Yummy! You’ve given me a great idea!

  25. Joe always makes sweet potato casserole for his daughter to take to her holiday meals. He just had me print yours so he could make it for her this year 🙂

  26. Love the praliné look amazing!!

  27. Even though I love a sweet potato casserole, I’ve never made one. I love yours and the praline topping! I’m holding on to this one for Christmas. Great ideas for Thanksgiving! Hope you and your family have a wonderful Thanksgiving Liz!

  28. Beautiful sweet potato casserole… perfect for any Thanksgiving table. 🙂

  29. I make a very similar version of this every year for Thanksgiving. I don’t care if I have any turkey, or any of the other Thanksgiving dishes, but I always have to have this. Love that you called it praline. Mmm.


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