Streuseled Sweet Potatoes with Dried Fruit

Were you thinking about making that sweet potato casserole again this know the one... with the melty marshmallows on top? You need to scrap that idea. Your family will thank you. Because these Streuseled Sweet Potatoes with Dried Fruit are pretty much the best sweet potatoes I have ever tasted.Yes, I did say EVER.

Oh my gawd I don't know if it's the maple syrup with the orange marmalade or the dried fruits that put this dish over the edge of goodness and greatness, but it's just amazing....A-M-A-Z-I-N-G! The sweetness and the crunchy, just wow.

In the meantime, let's make these together.

Here's what you will need for these: Sweet potatoes, maple syrup, granulated sugar, brown sugar, all-purpose flour, orange marmalade, pecans, vanilla extract, unsalted butter, golden raisins, dried apples, pitted dates and dried apricots. Ingredients not shown: salt.

In a bowl combine 2/3 cup maple syrup, 1/4 cup orange marmalade, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract, 1/2 cup chopped dried apples, 1/2 cup chopped dried apricots, 1/2 cup golden raisins and 1/2 cup chopped pitted dates.

In a large pot, simmer 2 pounds of sweet potatoes in water for about 15 minutes, just until tender. Drain.

Add the fruit mixture to the drained sweet potatoes and stir to combine, crushing potatoes lightly with a fork.

Transfer the mixture to a 1-1/2-quart baking dish.

In a food processor pulse, until crumbly,1/3 cup all-purpose flour, 1/3 cup granulated sugar, 1/3 cup brown sugar, a pinch of salt and 6 Tablespoons cold-unsalted butter. Toss with 1 cup chopped pecans.

Sprinkle the streusel over the potatoes. Bake in a 375 degree oven for twenty minutes or until browned and bubbly.

When it comes out of the oven the topping will be hard and crunchy in comparison to the soft texture of the sweet potatoes underneath.

You need to take a bite of this. wide. Crunch...crunch.

Have some more won't you?

Streuseled Sweet Potatoes & Dried Fruit

2 lb. sweet potatoes, peeled, cut into 1/4"- thick slices
2/3 cup maple syrup
1/4 cup orange marmalade
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup chopped dried apricots
1/2 cup chopped pitted dates
1/2 cup golden raisins
1/2 cup chopped dried apple
1/3 cup cup all-purpose flour
1/3 cup sugar
1/3 cup brown sugar
6 Tablespoons cold unsalted butter, cubed
1 cup chopped pecans
Pinch of salt

In a bowl combine maple syrup, orange marmalade, vanilla extract, dried apples, dried apricots, golden raisins and pitted dates.

In a large pot, simmer sweet potatoes in water for about 15 minutes, just until tender. Drain.

Add the fruit mixture to the drained sweet potatoes and stir to combine, crushing potatoes lightly with a fork. Transfer the mixture to a 1-1/2-quart baking dish.

In a food processor pulse flour, sugars, a pinch of salt and butter until crumbly. Toss with pecans.

Sprinkle the streusel over the potatoes. Bake in a 375 degree oven for twenty minutes or until browned and bubbly.

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  1. Deeba 1

    Stopped me in my tracks alright! tried to take a bite…couldn’t. tried to have some more…still couldn’t!! WAH…what a torturer you are Cathy! This is one yum casserole! And just look at MS’s scraggy looking cat…LOL!

  2. snowmoonelk 2

    Mmmm! looks delish, BUT, and forgive my ignorance, please)is this dish a pudding or one of those weird and wonderful side-dishes you Americans love so much – I mean would you serve this after the main course or WITH it? Should I break out the cream or the gravy – you get my drift…

  3. Wow, seriously? That looks AMAZING! Really. Other that sweet potato fries I can really live without, but that looks super great. I might have to make that this year.

  4. I think for many of your readers Thanksgiving will never be the same again.

  5. That cat has that face because he really wants to eat that streussel. And so do I actually!

  6. Kevin 6

    What a great way to serve sweet potatoes! It sounds really tasty. Bookmarked.

  7. Leslie 7

    Anything with a crumb topping sucks me right in!

  8. Oh my yum yum yum
    I am so hungry right now!
    Love the mangy looking cat!

  9. That cat’s eyeballs are a tad disconcerting. Ha!

    That recipe looks awesome and would be great for Thanksgiving. I’m filing this one away to make just for that!

  10. katie 10

    Those do scream Fall way more than a bunch of marshmallows.

  11. Rachel 11

    I am so making those sweet potatoes! I want to eat them for breakfast! Yum!!!

  12. I’ll wash and dry the dishes if you’ll invite me over to your house for that :)

    Have a great weekend !

  13. Bunny 13

    wll this is another one that will grace my holiday table! I bought cute martini glasses lastnight to make your tinis in ! These are fantastic recipes Cathy keep ’em comin!!

  14. Marcy 14

    Love the creepy black cat. We try to steer clear of potatoes for the most part since to most diabetics its like fueling the fire… but those sure look good..

  15. Great!.. Now I have that Meatloaf song in my head (from your post title!)… lOL!
    I am saving this recipe! I SUCK at sweet potato casseroles… Tried one last year.. it was really bad!

    Awesome mouth watering photos!

  16. Mmmmmm! I love anything w/ sweet potatoes!! Sounds great!

    And I love the cat–Martha has had some great stuff!!

  17. Cathy, you take the most amazing food photos. So crisp and clear. How do you do it. The close-ups are so clean.

    The recipe sounds amazing too. I don’t like sweet potatoes, but my husband does, so I will have to try this recipe.

  18. Leah Q 18

    Holy Toledo Batgirl…I was scrolling and drooling minding my little ‘ol business checking out the amazing and gorgeous photos of your sweet potatos when all of the sudden this cat pic was looking back at me! =0 To think this cat is 2 feet tall is super scary – great one!
    where in the world did you get her?

  19. Sarah 19

    Oh, THANK YOU, Cathy, for saving us from another year of marshmallow-y sweet potato casserole! This version looks fabulous (and not as sticky-sweet)! Now, if we could just find a way to avoid that shredded carrot-raisin salad that my aunt always serves, I’d be all set :)

  20. ELRA 20

    Meeeeaoooo…that cat scares me…

    Looking délice Cathy, never made this kind of casserole (in fact, never made any potato casserole) before. I take your word, that this is the best EVER!
    Mine is coming soon! Well done dear!

  21. Cassie 21

    I hate the marshmellow dish. I usually just make mine with pecans and brown sugar. I am so totally making yours this year. YUM!

  22. okay chic, picture no 3 and 5 make me wanna smack you for this goodness! I’m not being mean, it’s really a compliment! and i can’t thank you enough for suggesting we scrap the same ol’ candied yams (what I call it) dish for this time of year. I swear by that thing! lol!

  23. Teri 23


  24. Alisa 24

    I am slowly falling in love with you. Sorry, but there it is.
    That cat scared the bejeebus out of me. I didn’t even know I had a bejeebus.

  25. Liz C. 25

    We are never home for Thanksgiving any more, but I’ll have to try it another time… perhaps Christmas. It looks just fabulous!

    For the first time, we’re eating out this year. In Austin. Not sure how that’s going to turn out.

    I love the crazy looking kitty, lol.

  26. OMG just feed me please, see my mouth, put that fork in it. Lawdy you kill me, I’m too tired to cook. In fact I’m so pooped my brain is in full blown dementia, I wanta punkin drink and a bowl of this and a handful of candy and and and can you hear me? I am WHINING, puhleeze be my mom and feed me. Food is love in my book.

  27. Love the sweet potatoes!

  28. Tanya 28

    I’m copying this recipe for Thanksgiving dinner. This looks crazy good.

  29. Okay, you’ve talked me into it. I was going to at least fix an alternate to the traditional marshmallow covered sweet potatoes, but I think I will do just this one sweet potato dish. That’s how much faith I have in your recipes. If you don’t hear from me after Thanksgiving, it’s not because your recipe was no good, it’s because not having the traditional marshmallow goo caused a mutiny. It’s a risk I’m willing to take. Next year we’re going after the Jell-O salads! Thanksgiving may never be the same.

  30. dawn 30

    I’m with you and I’m ready for a bite. Oh yeah, these are way better than marshmallow topped stuff.
    Yeah, this is crazy yummy good.
    Thanks for sharing this. And thanks for your comments on my blog, you have no idea how depressed I was. When we move we are just leaving this place, with only 2 months notice; I don’t care if we break our lease and how many months are left. If she tries to come after us in court she will never ever win.

  31. Maureen 31

    Cathy this looks A.MAZING. Now I know for sure what will be added to our Thanksgiving menu. I was looking through Food and Wine today for inspiration, and NOTHING looked even half as good as this. Thank you for posting!!

  32. Tammy 32

    Anything with sweet potatoes gets my attention.
    Once we had dinner at a restaurant that had sweet potatoes the size of a newborn….it was awesome!
    Love the kitty ~~

  33. Cassie 33

    ROFL! The size of a newborn. *giggle*

    I love sweet potatoes too. There is a restaurant nearby that makes a sweet potato salad and it seems like half the potatoes are whipped and half are just chopped up. It is sooooo good. Melt in your mouth good.

  34. bookmarked
    sounds fabbo

  35. Marjie 35

    Good lookin’ stuff. I love sweet potatoes. However, on Thanksgiving, I simply must have them mashed with brown sugar, whipping cream and butter. With mine, you don’t feel the burn. You feel the flab!

  36. Marianne 36

    This looks so good that I’m drooling all over my keyboard!! I just don’t know if I could share it with anyone else. ANYthing with butter, maple syrup and brown sugar gets my attention! Now, all the cooks in my family have to decide who gets to bring it for Thanksgiving…..mmmmm…thanks…. :-3

  37. I am just going to have to start watching Martha Stewart.
    If we host Thanksgiving this year I will try to get Bettty to make this, the dish not the cat.

  38. Jeanette 38

    This is just in time. It is Canadian Thanksgiving weekend here and I am going to make this.

    Now I have always made a side dish utilizing sweet potatoes, never with marshmallows though. I can not imagine what it would be like eating marshmallows with the main meal. Mine has a pecan topping, just no marshmallows.

    But the dish you display here looks so nice and appealing with all the mixed fruits… I just have to give it a try.

    After our celebrations, I will advise how it turned out and if my guests enjoyed it.

  39. pam 39

    Well, you’ve convinced me. This will be my sweet potato side for Thanksgiving!

  40. your close up photo made me so hungry, I’m bringing forward my lunch an hour early hehe

  41. That looks fantastic! It almost makes me wish I was going to be slaving in the kitchen for Thanksgiving instead of going on a cruise in the Caribbean. Almost! ;)

  42. I swear, if it weren’t 1:15 a.m., I’d go to the store, get all the stuff for this dish, and get busy! Of course, that would frighten my husband since I normally avoid the kitchen at all costs……

  43. Yummy for my tummy! Get in my Belly!

    I love sweet potatoes. Love! LOVE! LOVE THEM!

  44. Wow that looks good! I have always been very dubious about the marshmallow thing, but this looks like a triumph of American cooking. And your photography is amazing!

  45. sassy 45

    I wish i liked sweet potatoes enough to try this dish, it looks delicious, but alas, i do not. dang

  46. Oh, yum! I have a ton of sweet potatoes and am totally making this. Awesome timing & I love all of the decorations!

  47. Tami 47

    I LOVE sweet potatoes! I don’t care what’s included in this dish, your pictures make it look scruptious!

    I want to participate in your monthly ho down! I have to do some thinkin’ on what to make! Such fun!!

  48. Egghead 48

    I have to admit I have never been a huge fan of sweet potatoes but having the crunch of nuts in there just might win me over. I think I will try this for Thanksgiving. You have the coolest decorations for Halloween.

  49. Indigo 49

    I never really got the sweet potato/marshmallow thing – is it supposed to be a dessert, or what? Cross-Atlantic differences strike again. But this, I can understand. And my god, it looks good.

  50. grace 50

    first of all, eek! that’s one freaky-looking cat.
    secondly, AWESOME alternative to the typical sweet tater casserole! i love every component of it–bravo!

  51. Deborah 51

    Now that looks like a great way to have sweet potatoes!

  52. Jeanette 52

    Ok, I said I would tell you how my guests enjoyed this side dish. It went over very well indeed.

    For me personally, I found the topping a bit too sweet. Next time, I will cut the regular white sugar in half.

    And I think I am going to increase the amount chopped pecans to about 1 1/2 cups.

    But the filling of mixed fruits and squash is just perfect.

  53. That looks so yummy delicious!

  54. vanessa 54

    oh my dog. i take back the all Halloween cats look like my cat leggy! comment. that cat is scary!!

    the sweet potatoes on the other hand..

  55. Hillary 55

    That looks outstanding Cathy! So proud to be able to have this dish when I host the potato ho roundup! Everyone else, send in your dishes fast! :)

  56. Maybe with dishes like these, we can take over and fully rid the earth of those sweet potatoes with marshmallow topping I got so sick of growing up! Great recipe!

  57. Looks like I’ve found a substitute for crack…

  58. maris 58

    Your sweet potato dish looks fantastic! I love sweet potatoes.

    And I’m loving your Halloween-a-Day pics! October is such a fun month.

  59. tipper 59

    Mmmm who couldn’t love this-looks delicious!!

  60. OMGOSH. Sweet potatoes are absolutely my favourite veg ever… THIS is definitely on my TDay list (that we won’t have because the UK doesn’t celebrate American holidays for some reason and our kids will be in school until it’s dark and then have homework and baths and such but you have to eat, right?) :-)
    Thank you again for another make-me-wish-I-lived-near-you recipe.

  61. Melissa 61

    Fantastic Cathy. What a wonderful alternative.

  62. I loooove sweet potatoes, and this seems wonderful!

    Though that cat is definitely scary….eek!

  63. Katrina 63

    That looks SOOOO good and so right up my alley. Printing. Great photos.

  64. monica 64

    that looks delicious. i had just convinced myself that it would be worth the $25 the maple syrup would cost to make this when i remembered i haven’t seen a sweet potato since we moved here.

    this is going on my growing list of things to make on our first furlough.

  65. Kitcat 65

    Okay,that cat just scared the crap outta me. Nice potatoes,though. You definately have given me a good laugh with your writing and your toys. We could be long lost sisters. :0)

  66. Mariam 66

    This is as good as it looks. I made it last Thanksgiving, ran out and had to make more in the next day to go with the left overs. It is amazing! Thanks for sharing.

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