I did a poll on Instagram stories this week and was surprised to find that “team savory” inched out “team sweet” when it comes to sweet potatoes! This is good news because today I would like to present to you this Savory Sweet Potato Casserole recipe, just in time for your Thanksgiving dinner planning. 😉
But have no fear – if you’re team sweet, simply make your way on over to my old fave Spiced Mashed Sweet Potatoes Recipe for a yummy and super easy alternative that will hit that sweet craving but without the sugar coma.
I have a whole blog post featuring my best healthy Thanksgiving recipes, but it has been fun to add some new recipes into the mix this year! (Did you see my Butternut Squash Parmesan Biscuits Recipe last week?)
This savory sweet potato casserole is easy to throw together and can also be made in advance to save time on the big day – just pop it in the oven right before serving!
Here’s what you need to throw this dish together:
The first step to making this dish is to poke a few holes in the sweet potatoes (so steam can escape), then arrange them on a sheet pan, drizzle with a little olive oil and a pinch of salt, and roast for about an hour at 350 degrees F.
If you’re tight on time, no worries – simply wrap the pierced sweet potatoes in a paper towel and microwave for 5 to 10 minutes, or until tender.
Once the sweet potatoes are fork tender, cut them in half, scoop the sweet potato flesh into a large bowl, and add the maple syrup (this will add just a hint of sweetness!), garlic powder, and 1/2 teaspoon of salt.
Mash with a fork to combine, then spread the mixture into a baking dish (the one pictured is roughly 11 x 7).
In a separate bowl, mix all the crumb toppings except for the melted butter, then add the melted butter and toss to combine.
Sprinkle the crumb topping onto the mashed sweet potatoes and press down gently.
This is the point where the the casserole can be stored in the fridge for up to 2 days if you want to make it in advance – yay for prep ahead options!
When you’re ready to rock, bake the savory sweet potato casserole at 350 degrees F for 30 to 40 minutes, or until the sweet potatoes are heated through and the crumb topping is a nice golden brown.
Especially with a side of my Lemon Garlic String Beans… and whatever protein you are in the mood for – I’ll leave that up to you!
Now all that’s left to do is to dig in!
Enjoy as a side dish to whatever Thanksgiving or holiday feast you like – or even as a simple weeknight meal side. You do you!
Here’s the full savory sweet potato casserole recipe – let me know how you like it by tagging me @fANNEtasticfood on social media, or by commenting on this post! I’d love to hear what you enjoy this side dish with.