Maple Sweet Potato Casserole with Pecan Crumble and Spiced Brown Sugar Meringue

By Irvin Lin
The traditional sweet potato casserole with sticky sweet marshmallows on top is a classic favorite at Thanksgiving dinner tables. This re-imagined version brings it to a whole new level with a pecan crumble for texture as well as a sweet and fluffy brown sugar meringue piped on top. If you don’t like your sweet potato casserole candy sweet, just skip the meringue topping and bake it with the pecan crumble alone.
  • Yield: 1 casserole
  • Course: Side Dish


  • All Purpose Flour
  • balsamic vinegar
  • bourbon or whisky
  • Brown sugar meringue
  • chopped pecans
  • Cinnamon
  • cream of tartar
  • Dark brown sugar
  • Fresh ground black pepper
  • Ground ginger
  • ground nutmeg
  • kosher salt
  • large white eggs
  • nutmeg
  • Pecan crumble
  • real maple syrup
  • Sweet potato filling
  • Sweet potatoes
  • unsalted butter
  • Vanilla
  • Water
  • white sugar


  1. Preheat the oven to 375°F. Spray the inside of a 3 quart oval baking pan with cooking oil.
  2. Peel the sweet potatoes and slice into 1/2-inch thick disks. Arrange the disks in the pan, standing the disks on their side, overlapping and “shingling” them into the pan. Place the remaining filling ingredients in a small saucepan and cook, stirring constantly with a whisk, until the butter has melted completely and the filling sauce starts to boil. Pour the sauce over the sweet potatoes. Cover the pan tightly with aluminum foil and bake in the oven 40 minutes.
  3. While the sweet potatoes are baking, make the pecan crumble topping by combining the pecans, brown sugar, flour, ginger and salt in a medium bowl. Toss together with a fork. Drizzle the melted butter over the bowl and stir to coat and clump the ingredients together until all the butter is absorbed. Place in the refrigerator until time to use.
  4. Once the sweet potatoes have finished initially baking, sprinkle the pecan crumble over the top of the dish. Place back in the oven and bake an additional 30 minutes, or until the crumble is golden brown and the sweet potatoes are cooked fully and tender. Pull the pan out of the oven to cool.
  5. While the sweet potatoes are cooling, make the meringue by placing the egg whites and cream of tartar in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the wire whisk attachment. Whip the whites on medium high, until they start to foam up. Increase the speed to high and sprinkle the white sugar over the egg whites until the sugar is absorbed and the whites start to look glossy and shiny. Stop the mixer.
  6. Place the brown sugar and water in a small saucepan. Heat the pan on medium high, stirring constantly, until all the brown sugar is dissolved. Continue to heat the pan until the brown sugar liquid reaches 220°F. Turn the mixer back onto medium high speed and slowly drizzle the liquid brown sugar into the egg whites, making sure not to hit the mixer wire whisk. Continue mixing the egg whites until all the brown sugar liquid is added. Increase the speed to high and add the cinnamon, nutmeg and vanilla. Beat until the side of the bowl has cooled, about 5 minutes.
  7. Spoon the meringue into a large pastry bag fitted with a round tip. Pipe the meringue over the sweet potatoes in a circular fashion, making sure to cover the entire top of the pan. Use a kitchen torch to brown the top of the meringue or place in the oven heated at 350°F for 5 to 10 minutes or until the top of the meringue is brown.