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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 Easy Sweet Potato Casserole Recipe will change your mind!

Praline Topped Sweet Potato Casserole in a white ceramic dish

Praline Topped 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

Easy Sweet Potato Casserole Recipe

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 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 with praline topping recipe:

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

Sweet Potato Casserole with Praline Topping

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

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


  • 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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36 comments on “Praline Topped Sweet Potato Casserole”

  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. 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. 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. 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!

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

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

  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 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

  23. 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.

  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.

  30. I’m going to need to make this for thanksgiving! the praline topping sounds amazing 

  31. The praline topping is EVERYTHING! This was a big hit last year and will definitely be making another appearance on our holiday table!

  32. Such a delicious recipe, thank you for sharing! I’m going to make this for Thanksgiving for sure! 

  33. This is really amazing! I will definitely make this again for Thanksgiving!

  34. I love this version so much more than the gooey marshmallow classic. The praline topping is perfection!

  35. That topping though! SO good!!! It’s the perfect mix of flavors and it adds a crunchy texture. Perfect.

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