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This version of the holiday staple uses a little bourbon to boost the flavor of the sweet potatoes, but you can also use orange juice. Baking the potatoes in their skins allows their natural sugars to caramelize for enhanced sweetness.

EatingWell.com, December 2020


Recipe Summary

15 mins
2 hrs

Nutrition Profile:



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Instructions Checklist
  • Preheat oven to 400°F. Line an 8-inch-square baking dish with foil.

  • Prick sweet potatoes with a fork in several places, then transfer to the pan. Bake until tender, about 60 minutes. Set aside to cool, about 20 minutes.

  • Reduce oven temperature to 375°F. Peel and mash the sweet potatoes. Remove the foil from the baking dish and coat the pan with cooking spray.

  • Combine the sweet potatoes, egg, bourbon (or orange juice), half-and-half, cinnamon, vanilla, salt, and pepper in a large bowl. Beat with an electric mixer on medium speed until smooth. Spoon into the prepared baking dish.

  • Combine oats, brown sugar, butter, and pecans; mix with your fingertips until crumbly. Sprinkle the topping over the sweet potato mixture.

  • Bake until the casserole is heated through and the topping is brown, about 35 minutes.


To make ahead: Bake sweet potatoes (Step 2) up to 2 days ahead and refrigerate. Assemble the casserole through Step 3 up to 1 day ahead and refrigerate. Prepare topping (Step 4) up to 2 days ahead and refrigerate; sprinkle it over the casserole just before baking.

Nutrition Facts

½ cup
156 calories; fat 4g; cholesterol 38mg; sodium 336mg; carbohydrates 22g; dietary fiber 3g; protein 3g; sugars 8g; saturated fat 2g.