Easy Thanksgiving Side Dishes: The Best Sweet Potato Casserole (Gluten Free)

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I’m just going to say it… I hate marshmallows. I particularly hate them on sweet potato casserole (I understand I may be lynched for this). But seriously, I am team pecan streusel topping all day long! So if you are a marshmallow fan, you can use the sweet potato part of this recipe and top with marshmallows… but you are seriously missing out.

So I have been told this is the best sweet potato casserole someone has ever had. That made me feel pretty good about myself, not going to lie. So I decided to share it with you all so that you can have it in you arsenal for the upcoming Holiday season!

On top of how delicious it is, it is also gluten free! As I have eaten gluten free I realized a lot of my Holiday favorites were off limits. So this one I just replaced the flour in the topping with a gluten free alternative, and wall-ah! It’s amazing! I hope you love it too.

Let’s get started so you can get this in your mouth ASAP!

The Best Pecan Sweet Potato Casserole

What you will need:

For the Mixture:

  • 5 sweet potatoes (small) or 3 large sweet potatoes
  • 3 tbsp butter
  • 3 tbsp milk
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon

For the Topping:

  • 2/3 cup of brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup gluten free all purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 cup of chopped pecans
  • 5 tbsp butter (melted)
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Prepare the sweet potatoes by either baking in oven for approximately 60 minutes OR what I do is use steam bags (which you can purchase) and steam them in the microwave for about 7 minutes. They peal so easily and are very tender! Then once prepared and pealed, mash in a large mixing bowl until smooth. Add butter, milk, maple syrup, salt and cinnamon, and mix well.

In another small bowl, combine brown sugar, melted butter, pecans, flour, salt and cinnamon. Mix well until everything is combined.

Spread sweet potato mixture into casserole dish evenly and top with pecan mixture. Then you will want to bake for about 20 minutes until the topping is golden delicious.

This is THE best sweet potato casserole ever and it is gluten free! This will definitely be a new family favorite! Happy homemaking and happy thanksgiving!

Easy Thanksgiving Side Dishes: The Most Delicious Green Bean Casserole

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So I am not known for many things in life, but one thing I am known for: my green bean casserole. It is a staple this time of year for Thanksgiving and Christmas dinner. It is so delicious, comforting, and a must have at your dinner table! But what it also is… is so easy!

I thought hard about sharing this recipe because it is kind of like my baby… I am very proud of it. But I would feel guilty from holding this recipe captive any longer! So let’s get started and prepare yourself for foodgasm!

Delicious Green Bean Casserole

What you will need:

  • 3 cans of green beans
  • 2 cans of cream of mushroom soup
  • 1 package of onion dip mix
  • 1/4 cup real bacon bits
  • 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tbsp minced garlic
  • 1 cup of shredded cheese (1/2 for mixture, 1/2 for topping)
  • One large can of crispy fried onions

Dried seasonings:

  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp poultry seasoning
  • 1/2 tsp paprika

Directions:

Preheat oven to 425 degrees.

In a large mixing bowl, mix together green beans, cream of mushroom soup, onion dip mix, bacon bits, garlic, 1/2 cup of cheese, and Worcestershire sauce. Mix together well! Then add in all of the dry seasonings listed above and mix well again.

In a casserole dish (ceramic, glass, or foil) dump the green bean mix and smooth into an even layer. Top mixture with remaining cheese and fried crispy onions. Cover with aluminum foil and bake for 15 minutes. Remove foil and bake for another 10 minutes or until cheese is melted and golden. Serve immediately!

If you are doing like I am, I prepared this the night before! If you choose to do this, don’t add the fried onions until before you put it in the oven. They will get soggy in the fridge overnight!

This will be a family favorite and WARNING, you will be asked to bring this from now on! I hope you enjoy this as much as we do! Happy homemaking and Happy Thanksgiving!