This dish has always been on our Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Easter menus. You can't go wrong with sweet potatoes that are cooked, sliced, and layered with brown sugar, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and cashews. The whole mixture is then baked and topped with mini marshmallows that brown at the end. Canned yams can be used instead of the sweet potatoes.

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Ingredients

12
Original recipe yields 12 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Lightly grease a baking 9x13 inch baking dish.

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  • Place the sweet potatoes in a large pot, and fill with enough water to cover. Bring to a boil, and cook until a fork easily pierces the potatoes, about 10 minutes. Drain, and cool.

  • Mix the brown sugar, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and salt together in a bowl. Stir in the cashews.

  • Arrange half the sweet potatoes over the bottom of the prepared baking dish. Sprinkle with half the brown sugar mixture. Top with half the butter pieces. Repeat with a second layer of sweet potatoes, brown sugar mixture, and remaining butter pieces.

  • Bake in preheated oven until potatoes are glazed with the brown sugar mixture, about 30 minutes. Sprinkle mini marshmallows over the top, and return to the oven to bake until browned, about 5 minutes more.

Nutrition Facts

235.9 calories; 2.8 g protein; 42.7 g carbohydrates; 10.2 mg cholesterol; 234.8 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
11/29/2008
I absolutely love this recipe. I am surprised more people haven't raved about it. Last year was the first thanksgiving I cooked and this recipe was a peace maker. I love yams with brown sugar and nuts and my husband is a marshmellow man. This way he can get all the gooey marshmellows of the top and the second layer lets me have them my way. I made this several times after thanksgiving and this year I tried something different. I mashed the yams with butter before layering (so we could cut the butter in half) and also used pecans for a more traditional taste. It was fantastic! Thanks for the recipe! Read More
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17 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 12
  • 4 star values: 3
  • 3 star values: 2
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
11/29/2008
I absolutely love this recipe. I am surprised more people haven't raved about it. Last year was the first thanksgiving I cooked and this recipe was a peace maker. I love yams with brown sugar and nuts and my husband is a marshmellow man. This way he can get all the gooey marshmellows of the top and the second layer lets me have them my way. I made this several times after thanksgiving and this year I tried something different. I mashed the yams with butter before layering (so we could cut the butter in half) and also used pecans for a more traditional taste. It was fantastic! Thanks for the recipe! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/29/2008
I absolutely love this recipe. I am surprised more people haven't raved about it. Last year was the first thanksgiving I cooked and this recipe was a peace maker. I love yams with brown sugar and nuts and my husband is a marshmellow man. This way he can get all the gooey marshmellows of the top and the second layer lets me have them my way. I made this several times after thanksgiving and this year I tried something different. I mashed the yams with butter before layering (so we could cut the butter in half) and also used pecans for a more traditional taste. It was fantastic! Thanks for the recipe! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/04/2009
Hi all! This is my recipe. I'm so pleased that others have enjoyed this recipe as much as we do! When I want to start this recipe a day ahead I just rinse off the whole sweet potatoes put in a large pot cover with water and boil the whole potatoes until just tender (not mushy!). Let cool a couple of min and then peel away skin slice and continue with recipe. I've also made this with pecans instead of cashews and everyone always loves it. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/08/2009
This is the recipe I will use from now on..the flavor was excellent and just what I was looking for. Since I was looking for a quick side I sped things up. I used a 40 oz can of cut yams (drained the juice). I didn't have cashews so I just left them out. I cooked it in the microwave for approx. 6 minutes added the marshmallows and cooked another 1 1/2 min. The marshmallows didn't brown but we didn't care...they tasted fabulous! Next time (when I'm not in a hurry) I'll cook it exactly as written and I know they'd rate a 10 if possible! Thanks for sharing. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/22/2012
I have made this every year since I found it and everyone absolutely LOVES it! My brother gets excited when I say Im going to make it:) Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/05/2011
I made this when my mom requested I bring a sweet potato dish to Thanksgiving and it turned out to be my favorite thing on the table. I searched for hours until I decided on this recipe: I wanted one with recognizable pieces of sweet potato instead of a mash some sweetness but not syrupy and a marshmallow topping. I have never made sweet potatoes any other way than roasting plain with oil and salt but following this recipe gave me EXACTLY the dish I was looking for. I used pecans instead of cashews for preference that was my only change. Everyone at dinner enjoyed them I hoarded the few leftovers and those are delicious reheated too. Cara I really appreciate you sharing this recipe this is now my ultimate sweet potato casserole and I was so proud to bring this to Thanksgiving thanks so much! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/16/2011
This is such a delicious part of Thanksgiving for us. I don't change anything in the recipe. It's great just how it is. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/15/2014
Five stars without the marshmallow from the non marshamallow camp. Five stars from the Marshmallow camp. (I made two separate pans) That should be a ten! Really good recipe and not overly sweet w/o mm:) I usually use pecans but the cashews were a terrific addition. Will be making both again at Thanksgiving.Thanks so much for sharing. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/27/2014
Perfectly delicious! Love it with Pecans! Everyone asks for the recipe! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
11/27/2015
OMG this is so good. I didn't use the salt or the nuts due to diet restrictions and allergies. And I mashed the potatoes. But it was so good it was the talk of Thanksgiving. 11/26/15 Read More