Savory Sweet Potato Casserole with Sage Breadcrumbs

This Savory Sweet Potato Casserole with Sage Breadcrumbs is the only sweet potato side dish recipe that you’ll need for Thanksgiving! If you want to mix things up from the traditional sweet potato casserole recipe, then you’ll love my savory take on whipped sweet potatoes!Thanksgiving Side Dish Recipe, Savory Sweet Potato Casserole

Savory Sweet Potato Casserole with Sage Breadcrumbs is one of those Thanksgiving side dish recipes that I find myself making again and again. A few years ago, we started hosting “Fakesgiving” at my house. My Mom worked in retail for many years and she always had to work on Thanksgiving. So she didn’t miss out on the food eating fun, we started having dinner the night before! I loved this traditional because since it was Fake Thanksgiving, I could make anything I wanted! While I love Thanksgiving, I am not the biggest fan of the traditional meal, so our Fakesgiving Celebration gave me the chance to make Thanksgiving dinner my way!Sweet Potato Casserole with Sage Breadcrumbs

This Savory Sweet Potato Casserole is the perfect alternative to the traditional marshmallow topped casserole. I know many people love that old favorite, but I am not a fan. I don’t like my side dishes served that sweet, and I especially don’t like candied sweet potatoes! This savory version is sooooo good and I love how well the sage pairs with the whipped sweet potato. Making homemade breadcrumbs isn’t something that I do everyday, but it is definitely worth it for this side dish recipe!Mashed Sweet Potato Casserole

How to make mashed sweet potatoes

I love mashed potatoes (try my Instant Pot Mashed Potato Recipe!) but there is something so good about mashed sweet potatoes. This recipe calls for two white potatoes and I would not skip that step. The white potato helps add the starch this recipe needs to keep the potatoes from getting too soft. If you haven’t had success with mashed sweet potatoes in the past, then try my tip of adding the starchy white potato to the recipe! It really helps!Savory Sweet Potato Casserole with Sage Breadcrumbs

I cannot believe that we are already talking about Thanksgiving but it will be here before we know it! What are you making for Thanksgiving this year? Do you prefer traditional recipes or more modern versions?

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Savory Sweet Potato Casserole with Sage Breadcrumbs

This Savory Sweet Potato Casserole with Sage Breadcrumbs isn't your ordinary sweet potato casserole! No marshmallows or candied yams in sight with this delicious Thanksgiving side dish recipe!

Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword Sweet Potato Casserole
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 6 people
Author Amanda @ Old House to New Home


  • 4 medium sized sweet potatoes peeled
  • 2 large sized yukon gold potatoes peeled
  • 1 cup milk
  • 6 tbsp. butter divided
  • 1 heaping tbsp sour cream
  • 4 slices sour dough or french bread day old
  • 6 fresh sage leaves diced
  • 2 tsp salt divided
  • 1 tsp pepper


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Chop peeled potatoes into 1 inch cubes. Add to a large pot and cover with water. Add 1 tsp. salt to the water. Put pot on high and bring to a boil. Once boiling, reduce to medium and let cook until fork tender. When finished, drain and return to the pot.
  3. While potatoes cook, remove crust from bread and chop into small cubes. Melt 4 tbsp. of the butter, and add the bread cubes to the melted butter. Add half the sage leaves and stir well to mix.
  4. Add the milk and remaining butter to the pot. Using a hand held mixer, blend the mixture well until light and whipped. Taste for seasoning and add salt and pepper as desired.
  5. Transfer sweet potato mixture to a casserole dish and top with breadcubes. Put in the preheated oven and bake 20-25 minutes, or until bread cubes are golden brown. If cubes get too brown, tent with foil.
  6. Remove from oven and garnish with remaining sage. Serve immediately.

Savory Sweet Potato Casserole with Sage Breadcrumbs, an easy and delicious Thanksgiving side dish recipe

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