My Favorite Thanksgiving Recipe

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I adore Thanksgiving. There’s food and family and it’s the start of the Christmas season. Christmas day always feels a little bittersweet to me because it’s the end of the wonderful season and in a week, you have to stop listening to Christmas music for another 11 months.

With Thanksgiving, the entire glory of Christmas, with the music and decorating and thinking of others and, most importantly, time to reflect on the Savior, is still ahead of you. And Thanksgiving food. I get asked all the time what I do for Thanksgiving since I’m a vegetarian, to which I reply, what do YOU do?

Really, basically everything except the turkey is vegetarian-friendly (and I absolutely refuse to do tofurky or any other mysterious meat substitutes. Just give me gobs of cheese and cream and roasted veggies, please). And most people I know when forced to choose between turkey and pie would choose the latter, anyway.

Though it’s hard to choose a true favorite, this one is definitely near the top. Infinitely better than that marshmallow-laden junk, I feel fairly confident in saying that if you make this once, it will never again leave your Thanksgiving table.

Happy unTurkey day!

Please forgive the terrible photo from nearly a decade ago

Sweet Potato Casserole

A creamy and fluffy sweet potato base topped with a crunchy and sweet pecan and brown sugar mixture, this is our favorite Thanksgiving staple!
Course Side Dish
Servings 12


  • 4 sweet potatoes
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 4 Tbsp butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3 Tbsp butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup pecans, chopped


  • Preheat oven to 325F.
  • Poke holes in sweet potatoes. Microwave until soft, about 8-10 minutes, turning over halfway through. Remove skins of sweet potatoes.
  • In a large bowl, mash the sweet potato until smooth (I like using an immersion blender). Mix in sugar, eggs, salt, butter, milk, and vanilla. Mix until smooth. Transfer to a greased 9x13 baking dish.
  • In a medium bowl, mix the brown sugar and flour. Mix in butter with your fingers until mixture resembles coarse meal. Stir in pecans. Sprinkle the mixture over the sweet potatoes.
  • Bake casserole in preheated oven for 30 minutes, or until top is slightly golden.


Adapted ever-so-slightly from here



9 Responses

  • that looks so good! I LOVE thanksgiving and this time of the year too!!!

  • Isn't Sweet Potato Casserole the best?! I absolutely love it. So glad you blogged about it.

  • I'm begging my vegetarian sister to let me make a tofurkey this year. It just sounds like fun. But she's kind of unrelenting so we'll have to see.

  • YES! This is my favorite dish ever as well. We never do the marshmallows and I say, good riddance! This is like vegetable candy. Also, no offense, I love you blog and all but—MORE PICTURES OF CARINA PLEASE!!!!

  • I have been making a very similar recipe for years now and LOVE it. One year I made half pecan topping and half oatmeal cookie topping, and the cookie topping won hands down. You should probably try it because you will probably love it. 3 cups of broken up crunchy store-bought oatmeal cookies (about 14 of them, if they're 3" in diameter) processed until fine crumbs, then process some more with 6 tbsp. cubed cold butter. Chill until really cold, then crumble over your yams and thank me later. Happy Thanksgiving!!

  • I made this for our Thanksgiving dinner today after Janssen recommended it to me. It was SO good! Thanks for the recipe!

  • YES! This is very similar to the one my family uses. I HATED sweet potato casserole with the marshmallow topping until my family started making this one years ago, and now it's my favorite part of Thanksgiving.

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