This Praline Topped Sweet Potato Casserole will win over the whole family! A quick to prepare Thanksgiving side dish recipe that trumps the marshmallow version. My dad commented, “this tastes like candy,” as he went for his second helping!

Even if you think you don’t like sweet potatoes, this Southern Sweet Potato Casserole Recipe will change your mind!

Praline Topped Sweet Potato Casserole in a white ceramic dish

Easy Sweet Potato Casserole

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. I’ve linked to many of them down below to make your hunt much easier!

Overhead view of Praline Topped Sweet Potato Casserole in a white, round casserole dish

Southern 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 recipe 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 it’s perfect for a carb-heavy turkey day meal. But maybe a wee bit too sweet to serve any time but a holiday, but definitely worth the calorie splurge!

More Thanksgiving Recipe Inspiration!

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

Apple, Cherry, Walnut Salad with Maple Dressing in a white serving bowl

Apple, Cherry, Walnut Salad with Maple Dressing (In case you need some lighter fare!)

Holiday fruit salad in a white serving bowl

Holiday Fruit Salad (my great-grandmother’s recipe that’s on all our holiday menus!)

Pumpkin challah loaf wrapped in a red napkin

Pumpkin Challah (A pumpkin version of the classic braided egg bread)

Spinach Souffle in a white ceramic baking dish

Spinach Souffle (another MUST make at our house! An updated version of my mom’s version which used Velveeta!)

Moomies Buns on a bread plate

Moomie’s Buns (SO tender and delicious! Make ahead of time and freeze for the holidays)

More Side Dishes You’ll Love:

Things you may need to make this sweet potato casserole (affiliate links):

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Praline Topped Sweet Potato Casserole - Perfect Thanksgiving side dish--even sweet potato nay sayers will love it!

Sweet Potato Casserole with Praline Topping

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Yield 8 servings

A terrific sweet potato recipe that will convert even your biggest naysayer!


  • 3 cups mashed cooked sweet potatoes (about 3 large)
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 cup milk


  • 1/3 cup flour
  • 2/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1/3 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.


Adapted from Winners cookbook

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 363Total Fat: 18gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 11gCholesterol: 21mgSodium: 100mgCarbohydrates: 50gFiber: 4gSugar: 33gProtein: 4g


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