Make this classic Southern side dish for your Thanksgiving dinner and impress all your guests with the crispy pecan topping and the creaminess of the sweet potatoes souffle.
Creamy mashed sweet potatoes topped with buttery brown sugar and pecan nuts topping is the ultimate side dish for this holiday season. Being such a comfort food, it can even become a casserole recipe, as the instructions are super easy to follow and it is only a one-baking-sheet dish.
How to Make Ahead Sweet Potatoes Souffle for Thanksgiving Dinner
I am aware of how hard is time management during the holiday season. Everyone wants something from you, the dinner table must look flawless, the house must be in order, everyone on their best behavior, and the little monsters and the husband must be kept out of the kitchen by all means. Also, you have only one oven and two hands. Wow, some make-ahead Thanksgiving dishes sound a lot much better, now, right?!
Well, when it comes to this sweet potatoes souffle, you don’t have to worry; it can be made 24 hours ahead of serving. That saves you the preparation time to spend on anything else you need.
- Prepare the sweet potatoes and place them in the baking dish. Cover tightly and refrigerate for up to 24 hours.
- Also, prepare the topping (in a separate bowl). Cover tightly and refrigerate for up to 24 hours.
- Before serving bake everything in the oven for about 50 minutes, until the topping is golden brown
How to Make Sweet Potatoes Souffle at Home
In the next rows, we will learn together how to prepare this delicious sweet souffle.
Ingredient List for this Side Dish
Here is the ingredient list for this classic Thanksgiving sweet potatoes souffle. I split it in two: what you need for the souffle and what you need for the pecan topping.
I also know how you may prefer not to use fresh sweet potatoes, since they may be harder to find (depending on where you are from). In addition, you may already have some canned sweet potatoes in your pantry and want to use them. Either way, keep in mind that when it comes to casseroles or souffle, you can use canned or frozen sweet potatoes instead of fresh. Since the potatoes are mashed before other ingredients are added, this is an easy swap.
Sweet Potatoes Filling
- 3 medium sweet potatoes;
- 1/2 cup butter (softened);
- 2 eggs (beaten);
- 1 cup brown sugar;
- 1/4 cup granulated sugar;
- 1/4 cup whole milk;
- 2 cups self-raising flour;
- 2 teaspoon cinnamon (grounded);
- 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt;
- 1 tablespoon vanilla extract.
- 1/2 cup brown sugar;
- 1 1/2 cup pecan halves;
- 4 tablespoons melted butter;
- 1/4 cup all-purpose flour;
- 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt;
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon.
Step-by-Step Recipe for Sweet Potatoes Souffle
Now, that you found out what ingredients you need in order to rock this cheesy fried ravioli snack, it’s time actually to start preparing it. It may seem a little complicated at first, so I recommend reading it first. It’s a lot easier to be able to predict the next step while cooking something.
Prepare the Sweet Potatoes Souffle
- Preheat oven to 425°F. Wash and thoroughly dry the outside of the sweet potatoes. Wrap in aluminum foil, and place on a baking sheet (previously prepared with baking paper).
- Bake for 1 and a half hours, remove and allow to cool until you can easily remove the skins (about 30 minutes).
- Next, preheat the oven to 350°F, grease a glass baking dish with cooking spray, and set aside.
- With an electric hand mixer, beat sweet potatoes on medium-high until they become smooth (about 2 minutes).
- Add butter, brown sugar, granulated sugar, and cinnamon; mix until fully combined.
- Then, add eggs, milk, vanilla, flour, and salt, and beat on medium-high until the mixture is fully homogenous. Pour into prepared baking dish.
Prepare the Pecan Topping
- Next, in a bowl, stir together brown sugar, flour, salt, and cinnamon until well combined.
- Add pecan halfs and mix gently with a spoon. Also, add melted butter and stir until butter is evenly absorbed.
- Scatter the pecan topping across the surface of the sweet potato souffle and bake until the center of the souffle is set (45 to 55 minutes).
Easy Video Recipe
This is really one recipe that just requires a video recipe. The steps are so easy to follow that you probably won’t need the printable recipe, after all. Just watch the video and see what I am talking about. This Thanksgiving you’ll get everyone’s attention with this fancy sweet potatoes souffle with pecan topping.
Lastly, as you surely already noticed, this is an incredibly versatile recipe (you can adapt it to your taste or even remove the topping). It is also easy to double or triple for larger groups. In addition, please keep in mind that these sweet potatoes souffle will be kept very well in the refrigerator, covered tightly, for up to three days, not that you are likely to have it around for that long. This is such a flavorful side dish that I can guarantee it will disappear just after Thanksgiving dinner!
Well, now we certainly know everything there is to know about the sweet potatoes souffle recipe. Wasn’t it much easier to prepare it than you initially thought? I don’t want to be too excited about it, but for me was surprisingly easy and the result was just “wow”. When I first saw this souffle recipe with pecan nuts topping, I wouldn’t have believed it is so easy to prepare such a tasty side dish.
Last but not least, I will be super excited to find out what your opinion is on this recipe. Did you enjoy preparing it? What did your family and Thanksgiving guests think about it? Did you find it as delicious as I did? Also, if you have improved it, please let me know. Tell me everything in the comment section below. In addition, please ask there all your additional questions about this Thanksgiving recipe and anything else.