This one’s the real deal! Butter, brown sugar and fresh mashed sweet potatoes all topped with melted marshmallows!
My Mom had a big sweet tooth. She would stash Little Debbie’s and chocolate bars around the house trying to ensure she’d have something sweet when the cravings kicked in. She was also very southern in her style of cooking, so you could expect a dash (or a lot) of sugar to go into most dishes including her macaroni and cheese.
So it’s no surprise that her famous best sweet potato casserole with marshmallows is the real deal. Yup, I’m talking brown sugar AND real butter AND marshmallows, friends.
I haven’t shared this recipe on Running in a Skirt because I worried that it doesn’t exactly fit into the healthy mold I try to create here. BUT I believe that you should eat and enjoy foods like this in moderation, especially when it is such a family favorite.
Making this recipe and keeping it at the family table at the holidays helps keep my Mom’s memory alive.
Beyond being a family favorite, this really is the best sweet potato casserole with marshmallows recipe. It uses fresh sweet potatoes, hand mashed to perfection and big doses of cinnamon and nutmeg.
My Mom’s big secret is she made her recipe and THEN added even more brown sugar until it was absolutely sinful. If you really want to channel her sweet tooth, I suggest doing the same thing… but just for Thanksgiving.
This one is truly from my heart guys, I hope you enjoy it as much as I do!
- 3 pounds sweet potatoes peeled and roughly cubed
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 3 tablespoon butter
- 1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup milk **
- 1 cup mini marshmallows*
- Boil potatoes in salted water until fork tender (about 20 minutes.)
- Preheat the oven to 400 degrees
- Mash the sweet potatoes with a potato masher until smooth.
Add the brown sugar, butter, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt and mix until well combined. Add the milk a small amount at a time to reach desired consistency. Taste to decide if you want to add even more brown sugar like my Mom did.
- Put sweet potatoes in a casserole dish and top with a layer of the marshmallows.
- Bake for 15-20 minutes or until marshmallows are golden brown.
*Traditional marshmallows are not completely vegetarian. If you are not comfortable eating gelatin, please sub out vegan marshmallows.
**Add the milk a small amount at a time until you reach the desired consistency.
Note: I occasionally will eat marshmallows, but they aren’t strictly vegetarian. If you have concerns try these vegan marshmallows.
Need more Thanksgiving recipes? Try my 30 Delicious and Mainly Healthy Vegetarian Thanksgiving Dishes. It includes some great side dishes even turkey lovers will crave.
Looking for healthier sweet potatoes? Try my 3 Ingredient Healthy Honey Mashed Sweet Potatoes.
Do you have any family recipes to share?
I also make and love Grandma Wunder’s Chocolate Chip Cookies. They are THE BEST!