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Bourbon Sweet Potato Casserole with Candied Pecans

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Safeway. All opinions are 100% mine.

This smooth sweet potato casserole is loaded with flavors of butter, bourbon, brown sugar and warm spices, then topped with candied pecans. This easy make ahead holiday side dish is sure to become an instant classic!

Celebrate the holidays by shopping at Safeway. However you are planning to celebrate this Thanksgiving, they’ve got you covered.

bourbon sweet potatoes in a serving dish with candied pecans on top

taste & texture

Creamy mashed sweet potatoes are mixed with butter, brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves giving each bite the perfect taste of fall. The bourbon adds a slight oaky vanilla flavor and a hint of spice.

These can be served on their own with a pat of butter, making them really creamy and satisfying, and sprinkling some crunchy candied pecans on top adds more texture.

shopping at Safeway

For this recipe, I headed to my local Safeway. They had everything I needed to create all of my holiday favorites from scratch – everything from turkey and baked treats, to fresh produce for side dishes, plus lots of made in-store options for convenience!

And what’s even cooler – you can order your entire Thanksgiving meal ahead online. Just head over to Order Ahead. It’s super handy. Simply order online, pick it up at the store, and re-heat when ready to serve.

I shopped at Safeway in my local area, but you can also find quality Thanksgiving essentials at the Albertsons Companies family of stores, including Albertsons, ACME Markets, Jewel-Osco, Randalls, Shaw’s Supermarket, Star Market, Tom Thumb and Vons.

Safeway also offers Grocery Delivery and DriveUp & Go™ for convenient ways to shop!

thanksgiving spread with turkey, green bean casserole, stuffing, pie with ice cream, rolls and butter

tips for preparing a Thanksgiving meal

Know your limits. It’s easy to have grand plans to make everything from scratch. Sometimes that’s doable, and sometimes it isn’t. Don’t feel bad about picking up convenient pre-made options like rolls, cranberry sauce or pie.

Outsource tasks to save time. Use Grocery Delivery or DriveUp & Go™ to save time shopping, or order entire holiday meals online. Safeway offers this at safeway.com/orderahead.

If you do choose to shop yourself, do it early or during business hours when the stores tend to be quieter. Get the essentials and shelf stable items early.

Prep. Prep. Prep. There are some dishes you can prepare a day or more in advance. Most casseroles, including today’s recipe, can be prepped right up to baking, cranberry sauce can be made ahead and many desserts can be prepped and chilled. But this extends beyond making entire recipes. Chop your veggies and measure out spices too. All of this helps day-of prep go smoothly.

Create a timeline and think about the limits of your kitchen. If you have one oven and it’s small, assume you’ll only have about 30 minutes of free oven space between the time the turkey comes out and is ready to serve. Consider making casseroles first and warming them in the drawer beneath the oven, or use other appliances like the stove, pressure cooker, slow cooker or air fryer for sides.

Also note that frozen turkeys need between 30 minutes – 24 hours thawing time per pound (counter or fridge), so make that the first step.

Enjoy your day. Of course the most important thing! Don’t forget to enjoy your day and those around you. Then kick your feet up with a slice of pie while the fam does the dishes.

bourbon sweet potatoes in a dish with butter and candied pecans

I hope you enjoy this recipe, and don’t forget to head to Safeway where you’ll find the highest quality Thanksgiving essentials in the Seattle area! Happy Thanksgiving, friends!

until next time. x

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bourbon sweet potatoes in a dish with butter and candied pecans

Bourbon Sweet Potato Casserole with Candied Pecans

This smooth sweet potato casserole is loaded with flavors of butter, bourbon, brown sugar and warm spices, then topped with candied pecans. This easy make ahead holiday side dish is sure to become an instant classic!

  • Total Time: 2 hours 45 minutes
  • Yield: 68 servings 1x


  • 2 lbs sweet potatoes
  • 3/4 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup salted butter, melted
  • 1/4 cup bourbon
  • 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1/8 tsp ground cloves
  • 2 large eggs
  • 5 oz evaporated milk
  • butter or oil, for greasing
  • candied pecans, store bought or homemade


  1. Preheat oven to 375°F.
  2. Bake sweet potatoes on a sheet pan 1 hour or until tender. Cool 15 minutes before handling.
  3. Reduce oven temperature to 350°F and grease a 9″ casserole, 9×9″ baking dish or ramekins.
  4. Remove the skins from the potatoes and mash with a fork or masher until smooth. Stir in the brown sugar, melted butter, bourbon, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, eggs and evaporated milk until smooth.
  5. Transfer to prepared baking dish and bake 1 hour 10 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  6. Top with butter and candied pecans to taste.



  • potato masher
  • mixing bowl
  • sheet pan
  • 9″ casserole dish, 9×9″ baking dish or 6 ramekins

Recipe can be prepped up to baking and then chilled for convenience. Let sit at room temperature 15 minutes before baking.

  • Author: Sarah | AwayFromTheBox
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 2 hours 25 minutes
  • Category: Side Dish
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: bourbon sweet potatoes, sweet potato casserole, bourbon sweet potato casserole, sweet potatoes with pecans, yams with pecans, bourbon yams

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