Sweet Potato Casserole

A large spoonful of sweet potato casserole with the full Dutch oven in the background.

Although traditionally associated with Thanksgiving and Southern American BBQ restaurants this sweet potato casserole makes a wonderful side dish while camping all year round. Cooked and mashed sweet potatoes are topped with tiny marshmallows and cooked until golden. 

Some versions of this recipe can be sickly sweet. This one has been scaled back a bit with a focus on the rich flavors rather than just a sugar hit.

The sweet potato is already cooked by the time that the marshmallows are placed on the top. The focus can be on getting a good set of coals above to create the perfect brown marshmallow. Remember the marshmallows puff a bit while cooking so be sure to leave a gap between the top of the marshmallows and the lid.

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A spoon taking out the first serving of a golden marshmallow topped sweet potato casserole.
Place coals on top of the Dutch oven lid to create golden brown puffed marshmallows.
Looking down into a Dutch oven filled with sweet potatoes, half covered with mini marshmallows.
Once the sweet potatoes are mashed and smoothed, top with the mini marshmallows.
A large spoonful of sweet potato casserole with the full Dutch oven in the background.
When serving there is a pretty two layers to the sweet potato casserole.

Sweet Potato Casserole Recipe

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A large spoonful of sweet potato casserole with the full Dutch oven in the background.
Although traditionally associated with Thanksgiving and Southern American BBQ restaurants this sweet potato casserole makes a wonderful side dish while camping all year round.
Preparation 15 minutes
Cook 1 hour
Ready in 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings 4 Servings
CourseSide Dish
DifficultySeasoned
MethodBake

Ingredients

  • 3 sweet potatoes
  • 1/4 cup orange juice
  • 1/4 cup salted butter
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • pinch salt
  • 5 ounces mini marshmallows

Equipment

  • 8 inch Dutch oven

Directions

  • Peel, cube, and boil the sweet potatoes in enough water to just cover them.
  • When the sweet potatoes are soft, remove the lid and allow the pot to start boiling the water off. Just before boiling dry add the orange juice, butter, sugar, cinnamon, and salt. Bring just to the boil.
  • Remove from the heat then mash with a fork until smooth or a texture of your preference. Smooth the top of the potatoes.
  • Place a layer of mini marshmallows on the top of the sweet potatoes, leaving enough gap for the marshmallows to puff a little without touching the Dutch oven lid.
  • Place the lid on the Dutch oven and cover with coals, check regularly aiming to brown the marshmallows, without burning.

Nutritional Information

Sodium: 214mgCalcium: 62mgVitamin C: 12mgVitamin A: 24433IUSugar: 32gFiber: 5gPotassium: 612mgCholesterol: 31mgCalories: 379kcalTrans Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 3gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gSaturated Fat: 7gFat: 12gProtein: 4gCarbohydrates: 68gIron: 1mg

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Outdoor cooking has been Saffron’s passion since she was young, often choosing to go camping and cook hearty meals over fire rather than stay inside, watch TV, and eat take-out. Today she is the driving force of Bush Cooking bringing the skills of cooking outdoors to thousands of people.

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