Stuffed Sweet Potatoes

You are looking at one of my favorite Thanksgiving side dishes! As you know, I LOVE sweet potatoes and Thanksgiving is not quite Thanksgiving without sweet potatoes. 🙂 Now don’t get me wrong, I love a good sweet potato casserole, however, this is like the ultimate sweet potato casserole. Sweet potatoes are baked, filled with pecans and spices, then stuffed with marshmallows. Is your mouth watering yet? 😉 So I guess really you could call them a twice baked stuffed sweet potato. I know what side dish I will be serving this Thanksgiving, do you?

Stuffed Sweet Potatoes

Stuffed Sweet Potatoes with Pecan and Marshmallow Streusel.

Yield: 6 servings

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 55 minutes


1 cup pecan pieces, divided
6 large sweet potatoes
6 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature, divided
6 tablespoons light brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
1/8 teaspoon salt
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 cup miniature marshmallows


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Spread the pecans onto a baking sheet and place in preheated oven 5-7 minutes until fragrant. Shake the baking sheet halfway through baking so the nuts will toast evenly. Remove nuts from oven and set aside to cool completely. Turn the oven up to 400 degrees F.
Wash the sweet potatoes, scrubbing them well to remove any dirt. With a fork, prick the sweet potatoes in a couple of spots and place them on a sheet pan. Bake for about 45 minutes, or until a knife inserted in the center goes in easily. Remove from oven and let stand until cool enough to handle but still very warm.
Cut potatoes in half lengthwise and push the ends towards the middle so it opens up. Scoop out flesh and place in medium bowl, being careful not to tear skin. Reserve skins.
In a large bowl, mix 3 tablespoons butter and brown sugar together until it's crumbly-looking. Add the cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, salt, and half of the pecans. Divide mixture in half. Add half of the mixture to the sweet potato flesh and fold in completely. Add the filling back to the potato skins and place on baking sheet.
To the remaining brown sugar mixture, add 3 tablespoons butter, flour and remaining pecans. Mix until crumbly looking. Top sweet potatoes generously with the brown sugar mixture and marshmallows and return to the oven. Bake for another 5-10 minutes, or until the marshmallow topping is golden brown.

Source: adapted from Tyler Florence

27 Responses to “Stuffed Sweet Potatoes”

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    Annie's Dish — November 17, 2010 @ 7:34 am

    Wow, does this sound good! A sweet potato casserole is one of my favorite dishes. I might just be making this for thanksgiving!

    • Christina replied: — November 18th, 2010 @ 1:41 pm

      You just have to have some sort of sweet potato at Thanksgiving! 😉 This is a fun spin on the traditional casserole.

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    HappyWhenNotHungry — November 17, 2010 @ 9:16 am

    This looks delicious and is making me very excited for Thanksgiving! Thanks for sharing 🙂

    • Christina replied: — November 18th, 2010 @ 1:41 pm

      I know I am so excited for Thanksgiving…I have been thinking about the menu now for weeks! 🙂

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    ezsrecipes — November 17, 2010 @ 2:34 pm

    Ugh all these dishes with sweet potatoes are pretty much TORTURE! Because my husband hates them, loathes them detests them, I can’t make them. Sigh. But I can long for them. And hope maybe someone in my family makes them for Thanksgiving this year… 😉

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    Alicia — November 17, 2010 @ 9:22 pm

    I looooove sweet potatoes with marshmallows. I love the idea of makeing them in little individual parcels like this. I’m sure I will try this beyond Thanksgiving.

    • Christina replied: — November 18th, 2010 @ 11:45 am

      I know! I love that everyone gets their own…such a neat way to present it on the holiday table.

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    Doris — November 17, 2010 @ 9:48 pm

    Wow!! Every year for Thanksgiving I make this but like as a casserole, I am so trying this this year!! simply amazing!!

    • Christina replied: — November 18th, 2010 @ 11:44 am

      Awesome! Let me know how they turn out! 🙂

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    Tessa — November 17, 2010 @ 10:04 pm

    I love this!! So adorable. I love me some sweet potato casserole too but I may have to try this recipe out.

    • Christina replied: — November 18th, 2010 @ 11:43 am

      Definitely give this recipe a try! I think this is such a cute way to present sweet potatoes for thanksgiving. Everyone gets their own!

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    Heather @ Life, Gluten Free — November 17, 2010 @ 10:14 pm

    Wow that picture looks great! I am not a fan of stuffed sweet potatoes, I just like them plain but in the picture it looks good for sure 🙂

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    Medifast Coupons — November 18, 2010 @ 2:04 pm

    Oh yay!! I am making these this weekend, great adaptation of a very traditional casserole, love the idea of serving the sweet potato stuffed, thanks so much.

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    Carrie — November 18, 2010 @ 2:57 pm

    I love this twist on sweet potato casserole! I never thought of preparing it inside the individual potatoes. I could eat one for a nice main course with some veggies on the side!

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    Sophia — October 24, 2011 @ 4:07 pm

    Okay – I am so making these for Thanksgiving this year! Looks so good and not too hard to make either. I think my family and friends that come for the “feast” will enjoy these as something different from the norm. Thank you for posting this recipe.

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    the accidental glutton — November 16, 2011 @ 11:52 pm

    oh yeah.. definitely making these soon!

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    Jennifer — December 25, 2011 @ 2:00 pm

    I plan to do this today…sort of like twice baked potatoes…yummy. Thanks

    • Christina replied: — January 3rd, 2012 @ 8:39 pm

      I hope you enjoyed the sweet potatoes! 🙂

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    Gini — March 1, 2012 @ 11:44 am

    love sweet potatoes but I certainly will not wait for Thanksgiving! I will try these today. Thank you so much.

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    Sania P. — June 4, 2012 @ 3:32 pm

    Honestly, I’ve never tried sweet potato and I’m looking forward for my first time trying it to this recipe.

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    tiffany of camp1899 — September 13, 2012 @ 9:21 pm

    first time on your blog, hello! love your recipe idea, so fun to have individual sweet potato’s instead of a casserole! thanks for sharing (;

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    Jmclaney — November 21, 2012 @ 4:20 pm

    I’m not a fan of sweet potatoes, but my husband and daughter love them. I’m making these this year so that, while they will be able to enjoy something they love, I’m not stuck having a huge casserole that half of will go to waste because they won’t be able to eat the leftovers fast enough. This is the perfect solution!

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    Antje hawk — November 24, 2013 @ 2:08 pm

    I made these last year and they were a favorite! Gone in minutes. I’m making them for my husband this year since he was deployed last year. 🙂

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