Photo: Jan Smith
12 servings (serving size: about 2/3 cup)

Beaten egg whites give this version of sweet potato casserole a light texture beneath the sweet, nutty streusel. This side pairs well with beef, pork, or poultry.

How to Make It

Step 1

Preheat oven to 400°.

Step 2

Combine first 8 ingredients in a large bowl; mash well. Beat egg whites with a mixer at high speed until stiff peaks form. Gently fold beaten egg whites into sweet potato mixture. Spoon mixture into a shallow 3-quart baking dish coated with cooking spray.

Step 3

Combine hazelnuts and next 3 ingredients (through 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon) in a bowl. Cut in butter with a fork until mixture is crumbly. Sprinkle over sweet potato mixture. Bake at 400° for 25 minutes or until topping is lightly browned.

Ratings & Reviews

wooopxy's Review

November 29, 2013
Switched to this very forgiving recipe last minute so used what I had: sweet potatoes cooked in microwave (in chunks with wet paper towels,covered) Mashed in food processor. Very light with the egg whites & not too sweet! Everyone got seconds! Only used cinnamon & pumpkin pie spice, orange extract & brown sugar. Replaced hazelnuts with fresh pecans. Someone sprayed whipped topping on theirs. It's a keeper!

Keiko123's Review

November 23, 2012
Followed ingredients to a "T" except I mashed my own sweet potatoes as I can't stand anything out of a can. I wasn't paying attention and burned the hazlenuts while toasting but then the skins slipped right of so I could still use them. The egg whites give it a nice texture and it's a wonderful blend of nutty sweetness but not overpowering. Love the crunch of the nuts. Nice presentation in the dish,too and one I'll make again.

topper46's Review

November 25, 2011
My entire family loved these, and everyone went back for seconds. Not too sweet, and it had a nice light fluffy texture. Will definately make again

Mandivola's Review

November 30, 2008
I have made this 3 yrs in a row. The first time without egg whites. The last two times I've made this, I have used the egg whites and they make a difference. I use about 2 1/2-3 lbs of fresh sweet potatoes and when you mash them, you have to let them cool on the stove before folding the egg whites otherwise they will scramble. I used less sugar, too. They were a COMPLETE hit at the meal. There is a lot of topping so if you want it less sweet, don't use it all.

LeslieT's Review

November 13, 2008
This has been a hit for my last 2 Thanksgivings. The egg whites make for a great texture and it is not too sweet. Its on the list for this Thanksgiving.