The Crock Pot sweet potato casserole is one of the easiest ways to cook side dishes over low heat this Thanksgiving!
Delicious sweet potatoes covered in brown sugar and topped with nuts and marshmallows are the perfect sweet accompaniment to all Christmas and Christmas menus.
You’ll love the hassle-free, clutter-free way to prepare this traditional Thanksgiving dish and keep your oven clear for other treats. What’s not to love about sweet potatoes and brown sugar, amiright?
Why you’ll love the slow-cooking sweet potato casserole!
One thing I struggle with each holiday season is planning what food finishes cooking and at what time.
It can be tricky to make sure the oven has a temperature and that there is an adequate amount of classic side dishes, cold fridge salads and, of course, dessert recipes.
I’ve had a Thanksgiving where my sides ended long before my turkey, and it was a personal disaster (though no one else cared).
Since that happened, I’ve become friends with slow cooking. I have quite a few slow cookers and line them up, and the best thing is, if something ends early (like green beans or Brussels sprouts), I can keep all the delicious recipes warm!
Heck, I can even make desserts on my crockpot!
To help save the menu for the holiday season this year, I’m starting my planning early, and right at the top of the list are these sweet potatoes. You won’t believe how incredibly easy, creamy and sweet these potatoes taste, and when you make them in a slow cooker, almost zero planning.
I mean, of course, you have to peel the potatoes, and that always takes time, but other than that, this is a side dish you can count on to be there right when you need it without the oven like the traditional baked sweet potato casserole.
And this sweet potato casserole recipe (with marshmallow topping!) in the slow cooker is not only a MUST for the season, but it’s also perfect for the holiday table because it serves so many guests.
Potato Casserole Recipe
This candied sweet potato casserole easily serves 10 to 15, which is much harder to do in a baked situation. Trust me; it’s a decent sized lot!
The slow-cooking sweet potato casserole for Thanksgiving, topped with brown sugar and topped with nuts and marshmallows, is the perfect sweet accompaniment.
- Ingredients sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1/2″ pieces (not canned)
- brown sugar
- unsalted butter,melted
- pumpkin pie
- spices vanilla extract
- kosher salt
- mini whole marshmallows
- or pieces of nuts to serve
What kind of brown sugar
I’m often asked what type of sugar to use: brown or light brown
The truth is, it doesn’t matter. If you have one or the other in your pantry, it’s delicious either way in this clay pot recipe! We prefer light.
Slow cooker preparation
- First, peel and dice your potatoes into pieces, 1-2 inches is fine, but the main thing is to try to keep them even so that they cook at the same level. No perfection is required.
- Grease a 6K slow cooker with nonstick cooking spray or use a slow cooker insert for quick cleaning.
How to Make Crock Pot Potato Casserole
Place the peeled and diced sweet potatoes in the slow cooker
In a separate bowl, add sugar, melted butter, spices, vanilla, water and salt and mix well
Pour the brown sugar butter mixture over the potatoes and stir to coat. The coating won’t be too saturated, but it’s usually more than enough once it’s fully cooked.
Cover the slow cooker and heat over high heat for 3-1/2 to 4 hours or until potatoes are tender.
Reduce heat to low once the potatoes are soft, and proceed with the ingredients over the sweet potato mixture. (See below for suggestions)
Chunky Potatoes or Creamy Potatoes – the choice is yours!
When your potatoes are ready to go and super tender, you can use a potato crusher and crush them or LEAVE THEM AS THEY ARE.
like the uncomplicated idea of serving as they are, and what is not to love the classic sweet potato casserole, so I think everyone will love it either way.
I just wanted to let you know that it’s okay to crush them if you prefer before adding your ingredients.
Sweet potato casserole toppings
Sprinkle sweet potatoes with mini marshmallows and
cover until melted, about 3-5 minutes
If you put the marshmallows in the sweet potatoes too soon, they will melt into the potatoes and will not have a good top layer.
Because this recipe is in a clay pot, you won’t get the same golden brown color in your marshmallows, so if aesthetically that’s something you want, you can use a kitchen torch (carefully) or put your casserole on a plate and tuck it under a grill for a minute or two.
Serve a slow-cooking sweet potato casserole topped with walnut toppings (or any crunchy ingredients) or if you want to get fancy, try my candied walnut recipe!
Slow cookers I recommend If you don’t have a slow cooker or need extra slow cookers
for the upcoming cooking season, here are the ones I have:
Crockpot 8 quart-
- I have one of these 8-quart slow cookers. It has warm, low and high buttons. It just works until you turn it off and it’s pretty basic.
- Hamilton Beach Slow Cooker- I have this slow cooker that allows me to set the time of 2, 4, 6, 8 or 10 hours of cooking time and what level. This one is great if you have a dish that only needs a few hours of cooking and you don’t want it to overcook.
Slow cooking Christmas side dishes
Carrots with cinnamon and brown sugar are a bold, seasonal favorite that pairs perfectly with ham and turkey.
There are many ways to enjoy green beans during the season, and our two favorites are the green bean casserole and this divine green bean casserole recipe from scratch.
While you don’t necessarily think of Brussels sprouts during Thanksgiving, these Brussels sprouts from Honey Dijon with dried cranberries are family favorites.
More delicious Thanksgiving side dishes
- Scalloped potatoes and ham
- Homemade cream of corn
- Glazed carrots
- Watergate salad
- with Ritz crackers Almost
- any side dish of broccoli< my favorite is here