Thanksgiving is just about three weeks away, which means it’s time for all the Thanksgiving dessert recipes. Or is this technically a Thanksgiving side dish recipe? Honestly, I didn’t grow up on sweet potato casserole so I’m not quite sure but what I do know is that my Bourbon Spiced Sweet Potato Casserole is the bomb. Silky smooth, spiced sweet potato meets crunchy, brown sugary pecan streusel topping and it’s such an easy holiday recipe. Want to learn how to make sweet potato casserole from scratch? It’s much simpler than you might think. Let’s get into the details, sis.

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What is Sweet Potato Casserole?

Sweet potato casserole is a sweet baked side dish or dessert typically served at holiday tables, especially in the American south. It’s sometimes called sweet potato soufflé or sweet potato pone depending on where you live and what goes into it. Because mine has bourbon in it and I live in Texas, I’d say it’s a southern sweet potato casserole. Typical toppings for sweet potato casserole include marshmallows, bacon, streusel, and plain old pecans. I like a pecan streusel topping for praline-like flavor. The result is just one of the most decadent dishes you can bring to the Thanksgiving table.

pureed sweet potato in food processor

How to Mash Sweet Potatoes for Casserole

In case you’re wondering if you can mash sweet potatoes by hand, you can. But if you want silky sweet potato casserole, I recommend using a food processor to get the mashed sweet potato texture just right. It makes quick work of mashing sweet potatoes (gets rid of those pesky sweet potato strings) and pulls together the filling for this bourbon spiced sweet potato casserole quickly and easily. I also use a food processor to make smooth sweet potatoes for many other Thanksgiving recipes.

prepared sweet potato casserole ready to go into oven for baking
baked bourbon spiced sweet potato casserole

What You Need to Make Bourbon Spiced Sweet Potato Casserole

This bourbon sweet potato casserole is not easy only to make, it calls for really simple ingredients that you probably already have on hand during the holiday season. Here’s what you’ll need.

  • Roasted Sweet Potatoes
  • Pecans
  • Brown Sugar
  • Bourbon
  • Vanilla Extract
  • Egg
  • Heavy Cream
  • Butter
  • Flour
  • Cinnamon
  • Nutmeg
  • Sea Salt

Have everything you need to make bourbon spiced sweet potato casserole? Scroll on down to the recipe card to get started! You’ll also learn how to make pecan streusel topping. Spoiler alert: it’s easy, too.

baked pecan streusel topping on sweet potato casserole

I hope you enjoy my soul food sweet potato casserole at Thanksgiving, Christmas, or really any dinner very soon. Check out my Holiday Guide for everything you need for holiday dinner success. And sharing is caring so be sure to pin this recipe on Pinterest. Thanks for reading!

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How to Make Bourbon Spiced Sweet Potato Casserole

5 from 12 votes
Bourbon Spiced Sweet Potato Casserole
Prep Time
1 hr
Cook Time
1 hr
Total Time
2 hrs

Silky smooth sweet potato casserole with notes of bourbon, cinnamon, and nutmeg, and a crunchy pecan streusel topping

Course: Dessert, Side Dish
Cuisine: American, Soul Food
Keyword: how to make pecan streusel topping, how to mash sweet potatoes for casserole, soul food sweet potato casserole, southern style sweet potato casserole, spiked sweet potato casserole
Servings: 10 servings
Author: Jazzmine from Dash of Jazz
Bourbon Spiced Sweet Potato Filling
  • 5 medium sweet potatoes
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons bourbon
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 8 tablespoons butter melted
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
Pecan Streusel Topping
  • 1 1/2 cup chopped pecans
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 4 tablespoons butter melted
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Using a fork or knife, pierce sweet potatoes several times then place in oven to roast for about 45 minutes or until tender. Carefully remove sweet potatoes from oven and place in fridge until cool enough to handle (about 20 minutes). Reduce oven heat to 375 degrees.

  2. Meanwhile, make pecan streusel topping. Combine chopped pecans, brown sugar, flour, and melted butter in a bowl and stir by hand until a kind of crumbly paste forms. Set aside.

  3. Remove skin from sweet potatoes and place into bowl of food processor. Add brown sugar, bourbon, vanilla extract, melted butter, heavy cream, egg, cinnamon, nutmeg, and sea salt then process on medium speed until smooth. It may be necessary to pause and scrape down the sides of the bowl to get the mixture completely smooth.

  4. Spread mixture into a baking dish with about 2.25 qt capacity (like a medium-sized casserole dish or a square baking dish). Use a spoon or rubber spatula to smooth out the top of the sweet potato mixture.

  5. Spoon pecan streusel over top and gently press it into the sweet potato mixture. Place dish into oven and bake for about 1 hour or until streusel topping is firm and golden brown.

  6. Allow sweet potato casserole to cool for about 45 minutes before serving.

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