If you want to be praised and heralded for bringing the best dish at Thanksgiving, then make this casserole. The dish is inspired by Elisabeth’s Tia Herlinda who made a stellar sweet potato casserole one year. My favorite way to eat this dish is actually the next day, cold, straight from fridge. Speaking of sweet potatoes – do you know the difference between sweet potatoes and yams? I thought the orange colored ones were yams and the white ones were sweet potatoes. Well I was wrong, and Google and Wikipedia actually added to the confusion. For those curious, the definitive answer can be found here: The Sweet Potato vs Yam Debate.


3 medium yams, sweet potatoes or Korean yams (our favorite – purple skin, white inside)
1/2 (12oz) bag fresh cranberries, rinsed
1/2 cup creamy natural peanut butter
1/2 cup maple syrup (sugar free works well)
2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg


1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Dice the sweet potatoes and yams into bite-sized chunks. Spray a large glass baking dish with cooking spray and add the sweet potatoes. If it’s more than 2 layers thick, use a second baking dish.

2. Place the peanut butter and syrup in a small bowl and mix well. If the mixture is still thick, microwave for 20 seconds. Using a knife, drizzle the peanut butter mixture on top of the sweet potatoes. Then sprinkle the cinnamon and nutmeg. Add the cranberries and top with an extra drizzle of maple syrup.

3. Cover the dish with foil and bake for 45-60 minutes or until the potatoes are very tender.

Additional Info:

Want to complement this dish with the perfect dessert? Then make this year, Pecan Pie & Peanut Butter Pudding:

Filed in Gluten Free, Peanut Butter, Side Dish, Vegetarian

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  1. Elle says:

    You know what the sweet potato says, right? “I yam what I yam.” OMG, how lame is that?!? hehe!

    I l-o-v-e the idea of Thanksgiving II. I may just get another turkey, since we had almost NO leftovers from the one we had. I have stuffing and mashed potatoes in the freezer, but no turkey!

    Haha, I’ve never heard that one before but I like. Go get yourself another turkey breast, it’s much faster to cook! ~ Nick

  2. Elle says:

    oops, forgot to say how delicious everything looks! Now I have to go find some lunch…

  3. Sagan says:

    Mmmm it all looks so tasty. The best part about any holiday is the sales afterward. Then you can have the wonderful meal all over again (chocolate sales the day after Easter/Valentines Day, anyone?).

    I just call them all yams. Because I like that word.

  4. anudivya says:

    20 bucks for all this! You must be kidding me! Wow, That is quite some feat and feast… The food looks great!

  5. Bren says:

    ur my cyberspace boyfriend for all ur food goodness. well, one of them anyway! :)

    I suppose they’d call you a food groupie? ~ Nick

  6. Your casserole looks fabulous. Love the PB twist! I would go for it cold too … heck, almost everything tastes better when eaten directly from the container!!

  7. Sharon says:

    What an interesting recipe – crackers in a casserole! Neato!

    Looks delicious!

  8. Heather says:

    looks tasty! love the cranberries :)

  9. Megan says:

    I was having the sweet potato/yam debate in my head at the store today!

    It all looks so yummy! Thanks for sharing!

  10. ttfn300 says:

    i was totally thinking of getting a turkey breast myself! haha, yum :)

  11. VeggieGirl says:

    All I know is that I LOOOOOVE the creamy, orange-fleshed potatoes, whether they’re truly sweet potatoes or yams, haha ;-)

    Incredible casserole dish you’ve got there, Nick!!

  12. Reeni says:

    Everything looks amazing! I am loving the PB and yam casserole, YAM! I mean YUM!

  13. gina (fitnessista) says:

    i’m constantly in awe of your culinary creations :D
    looks AMAZING!
    have a great day!

  14. Catherine says:

    Interesting… I didn’t know the orange ones where technically sweet potatoes as well! That looks so yum by the way… :)

  15. Kevin says:

    Peanut butter and sweet potatoes sounds like a nice combo.

  16. Oh my gosh. The sweet potato dish looked amazing even before baking!

    Unfortunately it was quite inedible at that point =) ~ Nick

  17. HangryPants says:

    Wow – that looks wonderful!

    Oh, I wanted to tell you I am doing a 5 cent/comment food drive based on your idea at my blog! I have you full credit for the idea though. :D


  18. zestycook says:

    Nick, Amazing stuff! It is 11:44 pm and I am starving right now. Thanks for sharing


  19. Kyle says:

    Where’s the Peanut Butter?

  20. Kyle says:

    Nevermind, I found it!

  21. Jay says:

    wow…sounds scrumptiously tasty..
    first time here..love your space..
    excellent recipe collection with fabulous cliks..
    Am your happy follower now.;)
    do stop by mine sometime..
    Tasty Appetite

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