This savory sweet potato casserole is a crave-worthy and customizable dish that is perfect for parties, potlucks, and weeknight dinners. The leftovers are PHENOMENAL and it makes a fabulous meal-prep dish so feel free to make it in advance!
You can prep the toppings and casserole ahead of time so that once your sweet potatoes are hot from the oven, all you’ll have to do is pile on the toppings and plop them on the table. So easy, right? Easy is my middle na— really Jenn?! I’m positively imposable today. Ignore my antics and make this dish, stat!
Savory Sweet Potato Casserole
It’s basically the same exact concept of a Thanksgiving-esque sweet potato or yam casserole.
Of course instead of smothering them with marshmallows, we’re reaching for fresh cheese and vegetables! Any way you prep it, it’s sure to wow your friends and family and might even get a few veggie snobs to change their tune.
I live for those moments.
Savory Sweet Potato Casserole
- 3 large sweet potatoes
- 2 cups of fresh baby spinach, chopped or torn
- 2 cups black beans
- 1-2 cups grated sharp cheddar cheese
- 1/4-1/2 bunch of green onion, chopped
- 2 jalapeños, sliced
- 1/2 cup diced tomato
- optional: a drizzle of greek yogurt or sour cream for topping
- For an extra punch of flavor season the sweet potatoes with a little chili powder, garlic powder, cumin, cayenne pepper and/or paprika. Or you can whip the potatoes with greek yogurt and chives/scallions for a fun twist as well! I’ve made this thing every which way — its a bit addictive!
- Preheat oven to 350 F.
- Depending on your preference and time allotment, bake or microwave your sweet potatoes until soft and fluffy. They’ll take about an hour in the oven and about 15-20 minutes for three potatoes in the microwave, just remember to pierce the potato a few times with a knife or fork before cooking so it cooks evenly in the center.
- Once your potatoes are cooked to fluffy perfection, spoon out the centers and set the skins aside for another recipe or pawn them off on your pup.
- Whip the sweet potatoes with a fork and transfer to a medium baking dish. Pile on beans, jalapenos, and cheese and any other ingredients/veggies you want to enjoy hot, then pop it in the oven until the cheese is hot and melted.
- In about 15 minutes or so you’ll have the perfect base for all your fresh toppings! I added fresh tomato, green onion, extra jalapenos, and a big dollop of greek yogurt to mine. Load it up with anything your heart desires and dig in! This will reheat marvelously the next few days, if any manages to make it to the next day. Glorious!
If you get a chance to try this savory sweet potato casserole, let me know!
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special diets and swaps
Skip the dairy and pile on some extra veggies! You can also use vegan sour cream [yum!] and daiya “cheese” as toppings if you’d like! I have it on good authority that it’s also a-freaking-mazing with crumbled veggie burger on top.
Leftover turkey/chicken/burgers from the night before? Toss it in!As always, you can use more or less of your favorite ingredients for this dish, and because there’s no correct way to top a sweet potato of any sort, here’s a round-up of toppings you can load up your casserole with all your favorite toppings from the list above.You’ll easily be able to clean out your fridge with this recipe!
so… how was it?!
This sassy and savory sweet potato casserole is heav.en.ly. I can say with absolute certainty that I’ll be making it just as often as my beloved stuffed sweet potatoes; maybe even more often since it reheats oh-so well and saves precious time.
This means that while it’s great for holidays, dinner parties, and family dinners, it’s also fan-freaking-tastic for weekday lunches and dinners. There’s something magical about having the next day’s lunch already prepped and waiting in the refrigerator.
It’s also one of those dishes that is versatile enough to take on a fridge full of leftovers so pile on any leftover quinoa, roasted veggies, and anything else your heart desires.
ust maybe stay away from that mystery container in the very back of the fridge. I’m pretty sure it may have just winked at you.