Oven space on Thanksgiving can feel rarer than the most precious of gems, which is why we're constantly looking for ways to cheat our menus and make our favorite dishes work smarter, not harder. This easy sweet potato casserole recipe is the perfect example: It uses just fiveingredients and doesn't require baking, which means you've got one less dish to try to cram in the oven before dinner. (Plus, the praline topping is to diefor.)
Follow these tips from our pros in the GolfHr Test Kitchen, and this casserole will be the easiest recipe you make this Turkey Day:
Master mashing. While you canmash your sweet potatoes by hand for this recipe, we recommend using a mixer: Your spuds will turn out that much smoother for it.
Avoid sticky situations. When making your praline, try stirring the nuts with a silicone spatula — the goop won’t stick to this tool like it will to others. Then, to salvage your sugar-coated pan later, simply fill it with water, heat it on the stove, and watch the stickiness melt away.
Save any leftover praline for later. This sweet treat also works as the perfect topping for ice cream, pie, or even your morning oatmeal.
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sweet potatoes (8 medium), peeled and cut crosswise into thirds
Peel sweet potatoes and cut crosswise into thirds. Add to 8-quart pot.
Add just enough water to cover, and heat to boiling over high heat.
Reduce heat, cover, and simmer until tender, about 25 minutes.
Drain and return potatoes to pot.
Grease a baking sheet.
In 1-quart saucepan, combine sugar and ¼ cup water. Heat over low heat, stirring gently, until sugar has dissolved, about 1 minute.
Increase heat to medium-high. Boil rapidly, without stirring, until syrup has turned light golden brown, about 7 minutes.
Stir in 1 tbsp. butter. Add pecans.
Once combined, spread pecan mixture in thin layer on baking sheet. Let cool.
Add milk, remaining butter, and 1¼ tsp. salt to sweet potatoes in pot.
With mixer at low speed, beat sweet potatoes until smooth.
Increase speed to medium, and beat until fluffy, about 2 minutes longer.
Spoon potatoes into a large bowl.
Break praline into small pieces. Add broken praline pieces to top of casserole.