Fall gluten-free paleo sides vegan

Orange Pecan Mashed Sweet Potato Casserole

October 7, 2016

Welcome Fall with this zesty and flavourful sweet potato side dish! This Orange Pecan Mashed Sweet Potato Casserole is easy to make, and the perfect addition to your Thanksgiving table or weeknight dinner.

Welcome Fall with this zesty and flavourful sweet potato side dish! This Orange Pecan Mashed Sweet Potato Casserole is easy to make, and the perfect addition to your Thanksgiving table.

In past years I’ve kind of given Canadian Thanksgiving a bad rap. As a dual citizen, I’ve experienced both American and Canadian Thanksgiving and have maybe been a bit too #TeamUSA at times. While there’s certainly no denying that Americans can throw an epic feast, I also think Canadian Thanksgiving is a bit more timely when you consider that the fall harvest generally occurs in late September-October, and not after the first snowfall (Canada problems…) at the end of November.

But either way, I can appreciate any holiday that gives thanks to the friends and families in our lives but also for the beautiful fall bounty we’re adorned with. Squash, brussels sprouts, broccoli, eggplant and let’s not forget our fall citrus!

Welcome Fall with this zesty and flavourful sweet potato side dish! This Orange Pecan Mashed Sweet Potato Casserole is easy to make, and the perfect addition to your Thanksgiving table.

Every family seems to have their own preference when it comes to sweet potato casserole. Some like it topped with marshmallows and some like a brown sugar crumble on top. I went a completely different route and played up the flavors of the filling and then kept it simple by topping it with pecans. 

Here’s What You Need

  • Sweet potatoes – look for sweet potatoes that are firm, with smooth skin. Avoid potatoes that have bruises or cracks if possible!
  • Olive oil – to coat the potatoes for roasting. Avocado oil works as well. 
  • Orange juice – use freshly squeezed orange juice or store-bought juice!
  • Tahini – the secret ingredient! Tahini adds a delicious, creamy, slightly nutty flavor to the filling. 
  • Pecans – I recommend using raw pecans as they will toast during the second baking. 
  • Salt and pepper – to bring all of the flavors together!

Welcome Fall with this zesty and flavourful sweet potato side dish! This Orange Pecan Mashed Sweet Potato Casserole is easy to make, and the perfect addition to your Thanksgiving table.

How to Make Sweet Potato Casserole

STEP 1: Chop the sweet potatoes into cubes and coat with olive oil, orange juice, salt and pepper. 

STEP 2: Roast at 400ºF for 30 minutes. 

STEP 3: Add the roasted sweet potatoes to a food processor and process until smooth. Add in the tahini and orange juice and continue processing until well combined. 

STEP 4: Add to a medium sized casserole dish and top with pecans. Bake for 15 minutes or until the pecans are toasted. 

What to Pair It With

Whether you’re making this dish for Thanksgiving dinner or just a cozy fall or winter side, here are some serving suggestions:

How to Store Leftovers

If you have leftover sweet potato casserole, store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to one week. I haven’t tried freezing but you should be able to freeze for longer storage as well.

Print

Orange Pecan Mashed Sweet Potato Casserole

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 45 minutes
  • Total Time: 55 minutes
  • Yield: 6-8 servings 1x

Ingredients

Scale
  • 4 medium sweet potatoes (or 3 large)
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 cup Tropicana Pure Premium Orange Juice
  • 2 tbsp tahini
  • 1/2 cup pecans
  • salt and pepper, to taste

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Chop potatoes into cubes and coat with olive oil, 1/4 cup orange juice and salt and pepper.
  3. Roast in oven for 30 minutes.
  4. Add potatoes to a food processor and process until smooth.
  5. Add in tahini and 3/4 cup orange juice and continue processing until well combined.
  6. Add to a medium casserole dish and top with pecans.
  7. Bake for 15 minutes or until pecans are toasted.
  8. Serve immediately.

Welcome Fall with this zesty and flavourful sweet potato side dish! This Orange Pecan Mashed Sweet Potato Casserole is easy to make, and the perfect addition to your Thanksgiving table.

Like this recipe? Here are a few others you might enjoy:

Cauliflower Rice Stuffing
Sweet Potato Cornbread
Garlic Charred Green Beans with Pomegranate
Crispy Sweet Potato Fries
Lentil and Sweet Potato Salad

JOIN THE THM NEWSLETTER

Join 20,000+ members of the THM Community to get access to exclusive recipes, healthy lifestyle tips and behind-the-scenes news from our team!

Powered by ConvertKit
  • Reply
    Ellen @ My Uncommon Everyday
    October 7, 2016 at 11:00 pm

    Oooh this looks really tasty! Regular sweet potato casserole tastes like an overload of sweet to me, but the flavor from the orange and tahini sounds amazing.

  • Reply
    Beverley @ Born to Sweat
    October 7, 2016 at 8:39 am

    my momma always makes this kind of dish at christmas time!! never had it with orange juice tho, but i bet its delish. hopefully C can host a Canadian thanksgiving for ya this weekend 😉

  • Reply
    Ashley @ Fit Mitten Kitchen
    October 7, 2016 at 8:03 am

    lol sooooo pretty much wrote a post for Monday describing how I actually like Canada’s Thanksgiving a tad better than ours in the US 😉 One word: CAMPING 😀

    And I am totally thankful for the various kinds of squash because I legit cannot get enough!

    • Reply
      Davida @ The Healthy Maven
      October 7, 2016 at 12:23 pm

      Well if everyone camped your way (creeped your packing list!) I think we’d all like it better 😉

      • Reply
        Ashley N Hovey
        October 7, 2016 at 3:50 pm

        Lol okay in my defense it is a very quick trip and we’re all going in together on meals…. granted half of the families will also be in trailers… But either way :-p

Leave a Reply

Recipe rating