New Takes on Classic Sweet Potato Casseroles

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Whipped Sweet Potatoes and Bananas with Honey; Tyler Florence

Photo by: Tara Donne

Tara Donne

For holiday celebrations and weeknight dinners alike, mashed potatoes often take center stage when it comes to easy, family-friendly spud recipes, but that doesn't have to be the case. As you're planning mealtimes this weekend and even looking ahead to next month's Thanksgiving feast, swap in sweet potatoes for traditional russets or Yukon golds. These brightly hued beauties surely shine when simply roasted, but they offer over-the-top flavor and indulgent richness when they're turned into a casserole. Read on below to find some of Food Network's favorite sweet potato casseroles from Tyler Florence, Trisha Yearwood, the Neelys and Anne Burrell.

Tyler deems simply roasted bananas his "secret weapon" in his easy-to-make Whipped Sweet Potatoes and Bananas with Honey (pictured above), as the fruits manage to "develop their natural sugar" while baking.

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"It really is truly a souffle," Trisha says of her fuss-free Sweet Potato Souffle (pictured above), a super-smooth casserole blanketed with a layer of crunchy pecans.

Old School Sweet Potato Souffle

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Tara Donne

With a marshmallow-coconut topping that's both gooey and crispy, and a creamy potato filling laced with cinnamon, the Neelys' top-rated Old-School Sweet Potato Souffle (pictured above) boasts a mix of textures, plus satisfying decadence the crowd will appreciate.

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Matt Armendariz, 2013, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved.

Follow Anne's lead and add fresh orange juice to her Sweet Potato Casserole (pictured above). The citrus offers a refreshingly bright flavor, while the oatmeal crumble topping offers a buttery, rich contrast in taste.

Check out Food Network's complete collection of Sweet Potato Recipes You'll Swear By to find more ideas. 

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