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The Best Sweet Potato Casserole with Caramelized Apples and Pecan Gingersnap Streusel

I have worked on this recipe for the best sweet potato casserole for years of holidays - and now it's perfect for you.
Course Dinner
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 53 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 8 minutes
Servings 10
Calories 474kcal


Sweet Potatoes


  • 4 apples peeled and diced
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp butter

Pecan and Gingersnap Praline Streusel

  • 1 1/2 cups praline pecans chopped roughly
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup crushed gingersnap crumbs bashed up with a rolling pin or in a food processor
  • 2 tsp candied ginger
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 2 tsp honey
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 4 tbsp unsalted butter cold


Sweet Potatoes

  • Wash and scrub sweet potatoes. Using a fork, pierce sweet potatoes throughout and place on a bake sheet lined with foil and then covered loosely with a second sheet of foil. Bake at 400 for about 45-60 minutes or until sweet potatoes are fork tender.
  • Scrape out sweet potato flesh and measure out 5 cups. Allow to cool for 5-7 minutes. Add to a food processor with the sugars, spices, salt, eggs, vanilla, buttermilk and butter. Pour mixture into a 13×9 glass baking dish and bake for about 25-30 minutes or until the exterior turns slightly browns. The dish can be prepared a day in advance and refrigerated.


  • Melt the butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat and add in the brown sugar and apples. Sautee until slightly softened and coated in the caramel, about 3 minutes. Transfer to the bowl or container. This can be made a day in advance and refrigerated

Pecan and Gingersnap Praline Streusel

  • Place all ingredients in a food processor and pulse 3-4 times in three seconds bursts. This can be prepared a day in advance and refrigerated


  • When ready to eat, preheat oven to 350 F. Top the sweet potatoes with an even layer of the caramelized apples and then the praline topping. Bake for 20 minutes, or until the praline topping crisps up and turns golden brown.


Calories: 474kcal | Carbohydrates: 64g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 24g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 64mg | Sodium: 279mg | Potassium: 511mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 44g | Vitamin A: 13293IU | Vitamin C: 6mg | Calcium: 88mg | Iron: 2mg