6 ways to make old-fashioned marshmallow sweet potatoes for a Thanksgiving side dish

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Who loves sweet potatoes with toasted marshmallows? President Hoover, notorious for his lavish ways, was mad for marshmallow sweet potatoes.

That American classic Thanksgiving side dish lived on through President Eisenhower’s administration. Ike entertained the Khrushchevs at a formal White House dinner of roast turkey, cranberry sauce, and, yes, that ubiquitous dish… marshmallow sweet potatoes. – The San Bernardino County Sun (California) January 2, 1993

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1. Old-fashioned marshmallow sweet potatoes – a classic Thanksgiving side dish (1998)

Marshmallow-topped sweet potatoes 1998

Old-fashioned marshmallow sweet potatoes

Yield: 8 servings
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes


  • 5-1/2 cups cans sweet potatoes, drained (3 cans - 15 ounces each)
  • 1/4 cup (1/2 stick) margarine or butter, melted
  • 1/4 cup orange juice
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 3 cups marshmallows (25-30)
  • Cooking spray


  1. Heat oven to 350 F.
  2. Pour sweet potatoes in a 10x6-inch (1-1/2 quart) baking dish coated with cooking spray.
  3. In a separate bowl, combine margarine, orange juice, brown sugar, salt and spices. Mix thoroughly.
  4. Pour mixture over sweet potatoes. Top with marshmallows.
  5. Bake for 18 to 20 minutes, or until hot and marshmallows are lightly browned.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 134Total Fat: 1gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 1mgSodium: 170mgCarbohydrates: 32gFiber: 2gSugar: 20gProtein: 1g

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Make some old-fashioned marshmallow sweet potatoes for Thanksgiving

2. Marshmallow sweet potatoes (1962)

Ingredients: 8 medium sweet potatoes, 2 tablespoons butter, 1 teaspoon cinnamon, 1 cup chopped walnuts, 1/2 cup hot milk, 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1/4 teaspoon paprika, 1/2 pound marshmallows.

Directions: Cook potatoes until tender, peel and mash. Add butter, milk, salt, cinnamon and paprika. Beat until free of lumps and fluffy. Fold in walnuts.

Turn into greased casserole, cover with marshmallows and bake in moderate oven until mixture is heated through and marshmallows are brown. Serves 8. – The Petaluma Argus (California) November 6, 1962

MORE: 12 real old-fashioned sweet potato pie recipes

3. Pineapple sweet potatoes with marshmallows (1965)

Boil 6 sweet potatoes, drain, peel and mash with 1 cube butter and 1 cup brown sugar.

Add 1 small can crushed pineapple. Place in 2-quart casserole dish which has been lightly oiled. Top with marshmallows and maraschino cherries.

Bake in 450 degree oven about 15 minutes, just enough to melt marshmallows and heat potatoes.

If the potatoes have been frozen, bake 30 minutes after thawing and adding marshmallows. – Chula Vista Star-News (Chula Vista, California) November 18, 1965

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4. Tipsy sweet taters, made with brandy (1975)


6 medium-size sweet potatoes
1/4 cup butter or margarine
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/8 teaspoon salt
2 cups miniature marshmallows, divided
1 cup hot milk
1 cup brandy
1/2 cup chopped walnuts (optional)


Scrub potatoes clean. Place in a large saucepan and cover with water. Bring to a boil a cook until potatoes are tender, about 40 minutes. Cool slightly, then discard skins and mash potatoes. Add butter, sugar and salt.

Place one cupful of the marshmallows in a mixing bowl. Pour the hot milk over the marshmallows and stir vigorously. Add the brandy and then the sweet potato mixture. Fold in the nuts.

Spoon mixture into a well-buttered casserole dish and top with remaining marshmallows.

Bake at 350-degrees for 30 minutes or until marshmallow topping is nicely browned.

Serves six to eight. – Chula Vista Star-News (Chula Vista, California) November 20, 1975

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5. Thanksgiving side dish: Sweet potato souffle (1966)


2 cups cooked and mashed sweet potatoes
1 cup hot milk
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons sugar
2 tablespoons butter
2 eggs
1/2 cup raisins
1 teaspoon nutmeg
1/2 cup chopped pecans


Left-over or baked sweet potatoes may be used. Press through a vegetable press or ricer, or mash well.

Scald the milk and dissolve the sugar and salt in it; add the butter, stirring until melted. Add this mixture to the potatoes, and mix and beat until light and fluffy.

Separate the eggs, beat yolks and add the potatoes; add the nutmeg, raisins and nuts. Beat whites stiff, cut and fold slightly into the potato, and pour into a buttered baking dish. Quickly arrange the marshmallows 1/2-inch apart on top with raisins in between the marshmallows.

Bake in a moderate oven (350 degrees) until the souffle is set and the marshmallows are toasted delicately. Serve at once. – Abbeville Meridional (Abbeville, Louisiana) November 24, 1966

6. Sweet potatoes with marshmallows — a Southern favorite (1966)

To many Americans living south of the Mason-Dixon line, sweet potatoes are not at their best unless cooked with marshmallows. Others in this country deplore what they consider an unbearably cloying combination.

But with or without marshmallows, sweet potatoes are an American favorite, and have been since Colonial times. Sweet potatoes were grown commercially in Virginia as early as 1648. – The San Bernardino County Sun (California) March 13, 1966

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