Sweet Potato Casserole with Pecans, Cranberries and Bacon Topping

This Sweet Potato Casserole with Pecans, Dried Cranberries and crispy Bacon is a real holiday favourite and the perfect side dish for Thanksgiving! Creamy, mashed sweet potatoes served with a sweet & salty topping – what else could you ask for!?Sweet Potato Casserole with Pecans, Cranberries and Bacon on top served in a white casserole

All you want for Christmas is this Sweet Potato Casserole topped with chopped pecans, dried cranberries and bacon. Close your eyes and think about it. Crunchy pecans, sweet cranberries, beloved cinnamon and…crispy bacon.

Dreamy, right? If I lost you at bacon, please bear with me. Trust me when I say it pairs so well with the other ingredients of this fall-inspired Sweet Potato Casserole with Pecans.

I’m not quite sure why I incorporated bacon into my sweet potato casserole with pecans in the first place but I just couldn’t help myself, I just knew it would work! Sure, you can leave it out if you insist, but I believe it’s what makes this classic Thanksgiving side dish so balanced and so good.

Sweet Potato Casserole with Pecans, Cranberries and Bacon sprinkled on top, served in a white casserole dish

It’s this time of the year again when I have to convince my brain that it is indeed Christmas in a few days and that I should start making plans for the big day.

I wasn’t born in Australia and for me, Christmas means cold weather, maybe even snow. Not sunny and warm days. You understand my confusion… I still need to take our Christmas tree out of the closet!

I must confess though that I started listening to Christmas songs in late October. Couldn’t help it, they’re so merry and joyful! What about you? When do you start planning the holidays? Weeks in advance or a few days before?

 a small white plate of Sweet Potato Casserole with Pecans, Cranberries and Bacon on top in front of a half empty casserole dish

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Sweet Potato Casserole with Pecans, Cranberries and Bacon
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Sweet Potato Casserole with Pecan, Cranberry and Bacon Topping

This Sweet Potato Casserole with Pecans, Dried Cranberries and crispy Bacon is a real holiday favourite and the perfect side dish for Thanksgiving and Christmas! Creamy mashed sweet potatoes served with a sweet & salty topping - what else could you ask for!?

Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword casserole, christmas, holidays, pecans, side dish, sweet potato, Thanksgiving
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 6 people
Calories 173 kcal

Ingredients

  • 3 large sweet potatoes peeled and cubed
  • 3 tbsp milk
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1/4 cup cooked crispy bacon chopped (about one large slice)
  • 1/2 cup pecans chopped
  • 1/3 cup dried cranberries chopped
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/2 tsp ground allspice

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 360F and lightly grease a small baking dish.

For the sweet potato puree:

  1.  Cook sweet potatoes in a large pot filled with water, until tender. Drain and mash with a food processor (or by hand). Transfer to a large bowl. 

  2. Combine sweet potatoes, milk, honey and salt. Pour into baking dish.

For the topping:

  1. While sweet potatoes are cooking, cook bacon and prepare the topping. Toss bacon, pecan, cranberries, cinnamon, ginger and allspice in a small bowl. Sprinkle evenly on top of sweet potato puree.

  2. Bake for 30 minutes. Remove from oven and serve immediately.
Nutrition Facts
Sweet Potato Casserole with Pecan, Cranberry and Bacon Topping
Amount Per Serving (1 /6th)
Calories 173 Calories from Fat 63
% Daily Value*
Fat 7g11%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Cholesterol 5mg2%
Sodium 120mg5%
Potassium 286mg8%
Carbohydrates 23g8%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 10g11%
Protein 3g6%
Vitamin A 9235IU185%
Vitamin C 1.6mg2%
Calcium 38mg4%
Iron 0.7mg4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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