Sweet Potato Souffle for Thanksgiving ~ Diane's Vintage Zest!

Sweet Potato Souffle for Thanksgiving

As I mentioned in my Thanksgiving menu post with all of the dishes we plan on making, over the years I have tried to find the best sweet potato recipe that my family loves.  I have tweaked my recipe over the years, so now it is one of our favorite dishes.  Here is what you can expect from this sweet potato shuffle.  It is simple, light, airy, creamy, sweet (but not overly), and topped with loads of toasty marshmallowy goodness (which might up the sweetness factor a bit).

And now, I would love to share it all with you!  Also, make sure to check out my Thanksgiving fails post, and how to avoid them!

P.S. - Here is a peek of the sweet potatoes so you can see how yummy they look.  :)

Sweet Potato Souffle
Adapted from The Neelys

  • 3 pounds sweet potatoes, peeled and cubed
  • 4.5 oz. can of evaporated milk
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 2 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • Mini marshmallows, amount depends on size of container used

  1. Boil the potatoes over high heat until tender, about 20 minutes.
  2. Drain and mash in a large bowl.
  3. Mix in the evaporated milk, brown sugar, butter, vanilla, cinnamon, and eggs, until smooth.
  4. Pour the mixture into a casserole dish prepared with nonstick spray and bake at 350 F for 25 minutes.
  5. Top the casserole with marshmallows and bake until lightly toasted, about 5 to 10 more minutes.
  6. Remove the casserole from the oven and let cool for 5 minutes before serving.

Too many holes!

  • Make aheadThe sweet potatoes may be prepared through step #4 and refrigerated.  On the day of, just top with the marshmallows and bake for the 5 to 10 minutes until toasted.
  • Always cover the entire top with marshmallows, not leaving any space between.  Guests will most likely steal the marshmallow off the top, and you'll be left with naked sweet potatoes!  It is easily fixed with 5 more minutes in the oven after throwing on more marshmallows.  :)

Perfectly covered!

This is definitely one of my family's favorite dishes at Thanksgiving and I usually have to make two casseroles to make sure we have enough.  This is a far cry from the first Thanksgiving when my undercooked, hard cubes of sweet potatoes coated in raw brown sugar and cranberries went virtually untouched.  Definitely not my finest hour in the kitchen, but I am so glad that I found a much easier dish to cook, which is always crowd pleaser.


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  1. I wanted to invite you to the Friday Flash Blog Party, the best linky in town! I hope you'll join us and link up if you haven't already. Who knows. You may just get highlighted!

    The party goes on ALL weekend.

    Jennifer @ The Jenny Evolution, www.thejennyevolution.com

  2. You're welcome! I hope you enjoy it. :) Thanks for visiting!

  3. My family makes this every year and we love it so much!

  4. Great! Then you know just how yummy it is! :)

  5. This looks so pretty. Thanks so much for sharing with Wednesday’s Adorned From Above Link Party.

    Have a great week.

    Debi and Charly @ Adorned From Above

  6. My goodness this looks GOOD! I invite you to link this recipe to my link party http://www.thefamilyfunspot.com/2013/11/bloggers-unidas-1.html hope to see you there!

  7. Hi Diane,
    This looks delicious. Thanks for sharing.

    Bear Hugs,

  8. This looks so good! My husband's mom makes something similar, but we are doing Thanksgiving on our own this year so I might have to try this!

  9. This is pretty much the way I make my sweet potato dish at Thanksgiving except that I also add extra mini marshmallows to the mix along with a can of crushed pineapple, undrained. Everyone seems to love it. The pineapple makes the difference and the marshmallows inside make it airy!

  10. This is AWESOME! I'm going to my MIL's for the holiday and I needed something to bring, thanks!

  11. Thanks for visiting, and I hope you enjoy it!

  12. Two awesome ideas! The family was anti-pineapple when I brought it up (even though I really wanted to try it out). However, I'm sure the marshmallows inside would be a great addition! I'll have to make one casserole with marshmallows and one without.

  13. Oh gosh! I am so hungry for Thanksgiving food! I am gonna have to try this!

  14. Your sweet potato souffle is making my mouth water. Where do you live again....I may have to stop by for Thanksgiving. :) Just kidding. You have some fantastic dishes set up for Thanksgiving, Diane! Thank you as always for linking up with Inspiration in Progress! Have a great weekend.

  15. This is a great side dish for Thanksgiving Dinner! Thank you so much for taking the time during this busy season to share your wonderful post with Full Plate Thursday. Have a wonderful weekend and hope to see you again real soon!
    Miz Helen

  16. Please do! It's a must around these parts!

  17. Ha! You'll blend right if you top your plate off with a huge pile of sweet potatoes. :) Thanks for hosting!

  18. How could you go wrong with sweet potatoes and marshmallows - mmmm. It's one of our family favorites too. Thanks for linking up to Gingerly Made's Show & Tell party.

  19. This looks DELICIOUS! Yummy! :)

    Thanks for joining the Link Up this week!

  20. Hello Diane! Great recipe! I too add marshmallows to my sweet potato casserole. This is a great recipe. I came across your blog on "Plucky's Second Thought" Linky Party. I am now following you via Bloglovin'. Please follow me back and have a happy Monday!

  21. Oh yummy! And this looks like something I might could do. Thanks for sharing with us at The HomeAcre Harvest Hop!

    Please join us again Thursday for our special edition The Thankful HomeAcre Hop at:


  22. Thanks for visiting! :) I'll make sure to pop over too. :)

  23. Yay! Thanks for the feature, and I'll definitely be there on Thursday. :)

  24. Hi Diane, this looks so good and definitely one of our faves! Thanks so much for this great recipe, I have featured it in my Thanksgiving Recipe Round-up over at Krafty Cards etc. http://kraftycardsetc.com/2013/11/thanksgiving-recipes-link.html

  25. Thanks! I'll definitely head over ASAP!

  26. Congratulations!
    Your recipe is featured on Full Plate Thursday this week. Hope you have a great weekend and enjoy your new Red Plate.
    Miz Helen

  27. Sweet potato made any way is delicious, but this recipe looks amazing! I wanted to say thanks for linking your recipe up to our Lovely Ladies link party, and to let you know I've featured them in a great round-up of Thanksgiving sides & appetizers. You can check it out if you'd like- http://bit.ly/18wRyOb
    Thanks so much- Molly from Just a Little Creativity

  28. Thanks so much! I'll head over ASAP. :)


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