This Make Ahead Sweet Potato Casserole is a holiday side dish must! Thanksgiving staple sweet potatoes take a swim with half and half, vanilla and brown sugar before being mashed together. They’re then topped with marshmallows – because they’re required! – and pecan streusel before being baked to perfection.
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So for the second time in our three years of celebrating Thanksgiving in Cleveland, it appears like I’m going to have to get creative. Friends, I’ve been without an operating oven for almost six weeks now and I’m close to losing my mind. I had to prepare Thanksgiving two years ago sans oven and although I pulled it off, it’s not something I ever intended to do again. Allow me to throw myself a pity party for a few moments, will you? Then I’ll reward you with your new favorite Thanksgiving side dish, Make Ahead Sweet Potato Casserole.
Not only does it prove to be a bit difficult to share recipes with you without an oven, but it also adds to my already through the roof stress level. In the past two, weeks while dealing with the oven saga, my original baby, Thomas Paulding the cat, was diagnosed with cancer and likely won’t be with us much longer. Not only was that a blow to me but having to tell your children that a pet is very sick is one of the most heartbreaking things ever. And then this week? Our furnace went out and we’re awaiting a part for it as well. All of this in the midst of us attempting to figure out where we’re moving in June and, well, I’m getting more grey hairs than I can count.
Thanks for letting me keep it real, back to Thanksgiving…
Preparing Thanksgiving and insuring you have enough room in the oven for the myriad of dishes you’re making and that everything is done at the same time can also be stressful. Have no fear, I’m here to save the day! No matter if you’re hosting dinner or taking a dish elsewhere, this Make Ahead Sweet Potato Casserole is perfect as it allows you to – as the name implies! – make it ahead and serve at room temperature when you’re ready. Sure, you can also serve it straight from the oven, but I love the consistency of serving it after the allowing the flavors to continue to merry a bit.
Thanksgiving staple sweet potatoes take a swim with half and half, vanilla and brown sugar before being mashed together. They’re then topped with marshmallows – because they’re required! – and pecan streusel before being baked to perfection. This Make Ahead Sweet Potato Casserole is a holiday side dish must! You’ll find this deliciousness on our holiday table alongside my Twice The Onion Green Bean Casserole, Slow Cooker Sausage and Cornbread Stuffing and Cheesy Corn Casserole.
Or if you’re looking for a alternate ways to prepare your sweet potatoes, these Melting Sweet Potatoes, Sweet Potato Salad with Bacon and Maple Buttered Sweet Potato Wedges would all be amazing options.
Looking for other great Thanksgiving dinner ideas?