Sweet Potato and Peach Casserole With Pecan Topping
Splurge and enjoy this decadent side dish for the holidays or a special occasion. This is a nice change from the usual sweet potato casserole. The peaches compliment the sweet potatoes, and a little peach schnapps liqueur adds to the flavor. You don't have to be concerned about the alcohol content of the schnapps as the alcohol evaporates during the cooking process, but you can substitute the schnapps with peach nectar if you prefer. You can find peach nectar in the juice section of your grocery store.
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Sweet potato casserole ingredients
- 3 lbs cooked mashed sweet potatoes or 5 -6 medium sweet potatoes
- 1 (15 ounce) can peach slices, drained and finely chopped
- 2 tablespoons melted butter or 2 tablespoons margarine
- 1⁄4 cup peach schnapps or 1/4 cup peach nectar
- 2 tablespoons orange juice
- 1 teaspoon orange zest
- 1⁄3 cup dark brown sugar
- 1⁄2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1⁄2 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Pecan topping ingredients
- 1 cup coarsely chopped pecans
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 2 tablespoons dark brown sugar
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter a 9 inch casserole dish (2 1/2 quarts), or coat well with non-stick cooking spray.
Sweet potato casserole directions:
- Mix together all casserole ingredients until well combined. Place in prepared casserole dish.
- In a pan on medium heat, melt together butter and brown sugar. Stir in pecans to coat. Sprinkle over the top of sweet potato mixture.
- Bake for 30 minutes. Serve hot.
- VARIATIONS: If desired, double the recipe for pecan topping.
- You can substitute pecan topping with miniature marshmallows if you want. Place enough marshmallows to cover the sweet potato mixture and bake until marshmallows are lightly browned.
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Hi! Has anyone tried frozen peaches in this yummy recipe and did you like them better? I made a small test recipe using canned peaches and gobbled up a couple as I was preparing and they seriously lacked peach flavor. I didn't taste them in the final product either even though it tasted delicious.Reply
Outstanding! I used the peach schnapps, tripled the pecan topping (I like lots of pecans on my sweet potato casserole). I pureed the canned peaches in a blender and mixed them in, instead of chopping them up. Came out great. It you don't have a blender or food processor you could probably substitute the canned peaches with peach baby food to get the same results. I live in Texas, and we love our sweet potato casserole here. This is one of the best I've ever had.2Reply
Outstanding! I used the peach schnapps, tripled the pecan topping (I like lots of pecans on my sweet potato casserole). I pureed the canned peaches in a blender and mixed them in, instead of chopping them up. Came out great. It you don't have a blender or food processor you could probably substitute the canned peaches with peach baby food to get the same results. I live in Texas, and we love our sweet potato casserole here. This is one of the best I've ever had.Reply
A wonderful combination of flavors! Made this to see how it would turn out, as I wanted to serve it on Thanksgiving. It was delicious and my family loved it! I made it with the peach flavored schnapps, but I bet it would also be good with the peach nectar as suggested. This dish will be on the menu in my family for the holidays.1Reply