Best Ever Sweet Potato Casserole with Apples

Best Ever Sweet Potato Casserole Recipe--Perfect for Thanksgiving Dinner.  The surprisingly tangy/sweet flavor of the apples with the sweet potatoes is a hit every time I serve this dish! {} Naturally gluten free!

When it comes to Thanksgiving dinner, we all probably have one dish that we can’t do without.  For me, it’s my mom’s sweet potato and apple casserole.  I debated between two possible titles for this dish:

“Best Ever Sweet Potato Casserole” or “Not Your Mamma’s Sweet Potato Casserole”

I’m not exaggerating.  In my opinion, this is the best Thanksgiving side dish ever, and it’s definitely “not your momma’s casserole!”  If you’re looking for the traditional sweet potatoes smothered in butter, brown sugar and marshmallows (my hubby’s favorite), this is not it.    The tangy apples in this recipe make it a sweet and savory side dish that’s perfect for Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner.  I get asked for the recipe every time I make it.  Every time.  Ready to try it?

And, just in case you were wondering . . . for those of you with gluten allergies . . . it’s naturally gluten-free!  No adaptation needed.  Yeah!

Sweet and Savory Sweet Potato Casserole with Apples


  • 6-8 medium sweet potatoes or yams
  • 6-8 apples, sliced
  • Optional-1/4 c brown sugar (topping)


  • 1 cup sugar
  • 4 T corn starch
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 stick of butter

Best Ever Sweet Potato Casserole--Perfect for Thanksgiving!  The surprisingly tangy/sweet flavor of the apples with the sweet potatoes is a hit every time I serve this dish! {}(This is what it looks like before it’s baked.)


Bake sweet potatoes until about half done.  When cool enough to handle, peel and cut into 1/2 inch slices.  Peel apples and cut into 1/4″ slices.  To make sauce, place dry ingredients in a sauce pan, then add water.   Bring mixture to a boil.  When thickened, add butter and stir until it is combined.  In a buttered casserole dish, place a layer of sweet potatoes, then a layer of apples, and cover with half the sauce.  Repeat, ending with sauce.  Sprinkle brown sugar on top, if desired.  Cover and bake at 350° until apples and potatoes are tender (about 40 minutes).  Yum!

Best Ever Sweet Potato Casserole--Perfect for Thanksgiving!  The surprisingly tangy/sweet flavor of the apples with the sweet potatoes is a hit every time I serve this dish! {} #thanksgiving #glutenfree #sweetpotatocasserole

Sorry about the less-than-stellar-images.  These pics are from last year’s Thanksgiving dinner.  I hope I get some better ones this year!

So, what’s your go-to Thanksgiving side dish?  What is it that you can’t do without at Thanksgiving dinner?

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  1. Pinned ! This looks great, Heidi :-)

  2. Oh my gosh, this looks absolutely delicious! I’m definitely trying it this year. :-) Pinning, and thanks so much for sharing at my link party!

  3. I will have to give this recipe a try. It sounds so good and a little different. I love that it has apples. I am sure it tastes great. I will pin it so I don’t loose the recipe….my printer is broken. AHHH!

  4. Oh, my sister will love this! She is a sweet potato nut and she has kids with celiac disease, so they will be able to eat this too. I will make sure she gets this link. Thank you for linking up to Tips and Tricks!

  5. This sounds delicious. I am going to have to give it a try. Thanks so much for sharing with Wednesday’s Adorned From Above Link Party.
    Have a great week.
    Debi and Charly @ Adorned From Above

  6. Thank you for sharing at our TGIF Link Party at A Peek Into My Paradise! Your post is featured at this weeks party I can’t wait to see what you share this week! I am currently accepting posts for themed bloggers showcase/roundups and would love for you to participate! Go here for the details and to join in on the fun! Cathy @

  7. That definitely sounds like something my sister would love, and I would definitely try! Thanks for sharing this to my Thanksgiving link-up! :) You’re the best!!

  8. OH, I like that this is easy and yummy! :D

  9. yum!! that looks so good. What an interesting combination!!

  10. laura rubenstein says

    WOW Yum!!

  11. I would love to make this for Thanksgiving. I was hoping to make it to try it now and freeze what I would be taking on Thanksgiving. Do you think it would freeze well? Should I take it out of the freezer on Wednesday and let it thaw in the fridge overnight?

  12. I want to try this recepie. Do you have a suggestion for sugar substitute?

    • Hi, Patty. I’ve never tried to make this recipe low in sugar. I have used molasses, agave nectar and Stevia before, but I have no idea how they would taste in this recipe. I’d love to hear if your experiment is a success.

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