Savory Sweet Potato Casserole

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Sweet potatoes are often drenched in sugar and and sweet spices like cinnamon. This recipe lets the natural sweetness of the sweet potato shine.

I love sweet potatoes and I like to eat baked sweet potatoes just like baked russets, with sour cream and butter. 

This simple casserole uses sour cream, salt and pepper to make a savory sweet potato casserole.

I like to top it with toasted almonds, but if you are not a fan of almonds or need a nut-free dish, you can just omit them.

You can roast the sweet potatoes up to 3 days ahead, and you can even mix up the casserole up to three days ahead and bake it just before serving.

Savory Sweet Potato Casserole

Savory Sweet Potato Casserole

Yield: 9
Prep Time: 2 hours
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Additional Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 2 hours 40 minutes

A savory twist on sweet potato casserole. Sour cream, salt and pepper are added to sweet potatoes and the casserole is topped with toasted almonds.


  • 3 Pounds Sweet Potatoes
  • 1/2 Cup Sour Cream
  • 1 teaspoon Coarse Sea Salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon Ground Black Pepper
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 1 teaspoon Unsalted Butter
  • 1/2 Cup Slivered Almonds


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit..
  2. Wash the sweet potatoes and poke them with a fork or knife 5-6 times.
  3. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or foil.
  4. Place the potatoes on the lined baking sheet and bake for 45-90 minutes. **See Note**
  5. Reduce oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  6. When the potatoes are cool enough to handle, remove the skins and place the flesh in a large bowl.
  7. Add the sour cream, salt, pepper, and egg yolks to the sweet potatoes and mix well with a potato masher.
  8. Grease and 8 x 8 baking dish with butter.
  9. Add the sweet potato mixture to the greased baking dish.
  10. Toast the slivered almonds in the microwave for 2-4 minutes until beginning to brown.
  11. Top the sweet potatoes with toasted almonds.
  12. Bake the casserole for 30 minutes until heated through and slightly puffed.
  13. Let rest for 10 minutes before serving.


  • Sweet potatoes vary in size greatly. Small sweet potatoes will only take 45 minutes to roast. Large ones will take up to 90 minutes.
  • You want to make sure the sweet potatoes are fully cooked and starting to caramelize. You can tell they are done if the easily squeeze with a pair of tongs. (See video.)
  • You can roast the sweet potatoes up to 3 days ahead of time.
  • You can mix and assemble the casserole up to 3 days ahead of time and bake it on the day you want to serve it.
  • You can omit the almonds.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 9 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 210Total Fat: 7gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 50mgSodium: 295mgCarbohydrates: 33gFiber: 6gSugar: 11gProtein: 5g

Nutrition information is provided as a courtesy and may not be completely accurate.

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Marie Fiebach is a married mother of four active teens. She helps busy families plan and execute weeknight dinner so they can recapture a little calm in the crazy. Check out her YouTube Channel or listen to the Feed Your Family Tonight Podcast.

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