Try this Ruth's Chris Sweet Potato Casserole recipe copycat for an easy and delicious Thanksgiving side dish your family will devour! Creamy, fluffy, and delicious, this healthier sweet potato casserole is easy to make for Thanksgiving dinner or any special occasion! Made with no refined sugar and dairy-free, you are going to love adding this to your favorite Thanksgiving recipes!
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- Why You Need to Make This Recipe
- Ingredients & Variations For This Recipe
- How to Make This Recipe
- Storage, Reheating, Freezing, and Doubling Tips
- Other Recipe Tips for Success
- What Food Pairs Well With Sweet Potatoes?
- Recipe FAQs
- Other Perfect Side Dish Recipes for Thanksgiving!
- Ruth's Chris Sweet Potato Casserole Recipe
Why You Need to Make This Recipe
Here are the top 5 reasons you need to make this Ruth Chris sweet potato casserole copycat recipe:
- This Ruth's Chris sweet potato casserole recipe is lightened up and healthier than the original recipe without sacrificing flavor!
- This family favorite recipe is made with simple ingredients, less sugar, no refined sugar, and less butter.
- Perfect light and fluffy souffle texture and crunchy pecan crust topping - not watery like some recipes!
- Easy to serve Thanksgiving side dish for your holiday crowd as individual portions in ramekins, or in a 9X13 dish for a double recipe.
- Quick and easy to make ahead for your holiday meal! Spend your Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Easter spending time with family and not in the kitchen.
Ingredients & Variations For This Recipe
Here are the ingredients you need to make this recipe. Reference the recipe card at the bottom for exact measurements and the notes below for substitution ideas.
Pecan Crust Ingredients
Chopped pecans create a nutty and warm crust that tops the sweet potato souffle. Substitute pecans for walnuts. To make with no nuts, use rolled oats for an oatmeal topping without nuts.
Coconut sugar sweetens the crust and gives it a delicious brown sugar flavor without refined sugar. Substitute coconut sugar for honey or maple syrup. Use monk fruit sweetener to make it with no sugar.
Make the brown sugar pecan crust with brown sugar for the classic recipe.
Melted butter brings the pecan crust together and enhances the flavor of the pecans.
All-purpose flour creates a crumbly, streusel-like crust.
Sweet Potato Filling Ingredients
Cooked canned sweet potatoes make this recipe easy to make. Canned yams are an excellent replacement. Fresh sweet potatoes can be pre-cooked and then used.
Eggs help the sweet potato layer to be fluffy and airy, like a souffle. To make without eggs, add 2 tablespoon of vanilla almond milk or aquafaba.
Salt helps to balance out the sweetness of the sweet potato filling. Vanilla extract provides a warm flavor in many sweet recipes - you'll swear this is a Thanksgiving dessert!
How to Make This Recipe
Below are step-by-step instructions for how to cook this recipe. The recipe card at the bottom shows the exact cooking time and temperatures.
Step 1 - Combine the Pecan Crust Ingredients
Mix together the topping ingredients in a small bowl. Place it in the refrigerator while you mix the potato layer.
Prepare an 8X8 baking dish or individual ramekins by spraying the dish with cooking spray or lightly buttering it.
Step 2 - Mix the Sweet Potatoes and Souffle Ingredients
Use cooked sweet potatoes or canned yams to create the potato base. Combine potatoes in a large bowl along with salt, vanilla extract, and salt.
Use a hand mixer or a stand mixer to mix for about 4 minutes or until light & fluffy.
Step 3 - Spread Sweet Potato Mixture
Spread the potato mixture into the prepared baking dish and bake for about 30 minutes.
Step 4 - Top with Pecan Crust
Spread the pecan streusel crust mixture over the top of the sweet potato mixture and bake uncovered for an additional 15 minutes or until golden brown.
Storage, Reheating, Freezing, and Doubling Tips
How do you store sweet potato casserole?
Allow the casserole to cool to room temperature. Store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.
Freezing is not recommended.
What is the best way to reheat sweet potato casserole?
Reheat in the oven until warmed through or individual portions in the microwave.
Can I double this recipe to make it for a crowd?
Double the recipe by using a 9X13 pan to make it for a larger group.
Other Recipe Tips for Success
- If you want to make this Ruth's Chris Sweet Potato Casserole with no nuts, try substituting oatmeal topping for pecans. Replace equal parts rolled oats for pecans.
- Rinse sweet potatoes in a colander to remove any syrup that may still be on them from being in the can.
- Use canned yams for ease.
- Add a little indulgence by topping with marshmallows if you prefer that classic topping over the pecan topping.
- Add in a teaspoon of cinnamon, pumpkin spice, nutmeg, and/or ginger if you like those warm spicy flavors.
What Food Pairs Well With Sweet Potatoes?
You can pair it with another Ruth's Chris Steakhouse recipe - this Asian Chilean Sea Bass recipe.
You can! Keep the crumble topping mixture separate from the potato mixture since you cook them in 2 sections.
30 minutes prior to baking remove potato mixture from the fridge. Account for a few extra minutes in the oven if you take the dish straight from the fridge to the oven.
Yes! To make it gluten-free swap out all-purpose flour for gluten-free flour. To make it vegan omit eggs and use vegan butter or coconut oil.
The easiest way to make sweet potatoes for casserole is to use canned sweet potatoes or canned yams.
Using canned potatoes cuts down on the prep time and makes this recipe quick and easy.
If you would like to use fresh sweet potatoes, consider air frying sweet potatoes to make the prep process easier.
Canned yams and canned sweet potatoes are not the same, however, they may be used interchangeably in this recipe with little variance in taste, texture, and appearance.
Leftovers will be safe to eat when stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.
Yes. Rinse canned potatoes or yams prior to making this recipe.
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Ruth's Chris Sweet Potato Casserole Recipe
- Preheat oven to 375F. Spray an 8X8 glass dish with coconut oil cooking spray.
- Combine coconut sugar, all-purpose flour, chopped pecans, and melted butter. Place it in the refrigerator while you make the sweet potato layer.⅓ cup coconut sugar, 2 tablespoon all-purpose flour, ⅓ cup pecans, 2 tablespoon butter
- Combine sweet potato ingredients and beat thoroughly for about 4 minutes. You can add a bit of almond milk if the mixture needs it.3 cups canned sweet potatoes or yams, ½ teaspoon sea salt, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract, 2 large eggs
- Pour sweet potato mixture into prepared glass dish. Bake for 25-30 minutes.
- Carefully remove sweet potato mixture from the oven and evenly sprinkle the pecan mixture over the top of the sweet potatoes. Return to oven and bake for additional 15-20 minutes or until the crumble is browned.
- Allow to set for about 30 minutes before serving.
- If using fresh sweet potatoes try this air fryer sweet potato recipe to quickly cook them.
- You can use canned yams in place of fresh sweet potatoes for this recipe. It works just as well and takes out the extra step of having to clean and pre-cook the potatoes.
- Storage Instructions: Store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. Freezing is not recommended.
- Reheating Instructions: Reheat in the oven until warmed through or individual portions in the microwave.
- Make Ahead: Keep the crumble topping mixture separate from the sweet potato mixture since you cook them in 2 sections. 30 minutes prior to baking remove potato mixture from the fridge. Account for a few extra minutes in the oven if you take the dish straight from the fridge to the oven.
- Vegan: To make it vegan omit eggs and use vegan butter or coconut oil.
- Gluten Free: To make it gluten free just swap out all purpose flour for gluten free flour.
- Nut Free: Substitute oatmeal topping for pecans. Replace equal parts rolled oats for pecans.