Try This Thanksgiving-Inspired Snack: Sweet Potato Streusel Bites

Inviting some pals over to hang out can quickly turn stressful when you realize they’re going to expect some food. Before you reach for your phone to order delivery, take a few deep breaths. Homemade eats don’t have to be difficult. With original recipes from our Everyday Appetizers series, you can pull off showstopping starters without losing your cool. 

Maybe we’d all do a better job of avoiding overindulging on Thanksgiving if we allowed ourselves to taste those delicious dishes more than once a year. Roasting an entire turkey may not be practical for an everyday dinner, but most of the sides are simple enough to make regularly. This recipe shrinks the classic sweet potato casserole into a finger-friendly snack to pair with drinks. This Thanksgiving-inspired snacks give you all the flavors of the holiday without the family bickering.

About this recipe

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Sweet potato streusel bites | Christine Skopec/Culture Cheat Sheet

Every family’s sweet potato casserole is a bit different. Some variations are puréed while others are more like layered slices. Toppings range from a light dusting of brown sugar to a mound of marshmallows — but we’re partial to a buttery streusel. The crumbly topping is a great vehicle for different ingredients without making the finished dish tooth-achingly sweet. We chose oats and pecans to give the streusel great texture and a toasty flavor. As for the potato slices, it’s the easiest format for finger food.

We did a combination of white and orange sweet potatoes for the sake of presentation, but you can use whatever variety you prefer. Don’t worry if you’re a novice baker — this streusel couldn’t be any easier. The only trick is making sure your butter is softened. Forgot about that step? Toss it in a ziplock bag, grab a rolling pin or bottle, and give it a few whacks until pliable.

It’s important to note that, for the streusel, you could just about any nuts you have on hand except peanuts. The flavor is a little too pronounced for this application. You’ll know when this mouthwatering recipe is done: The tops will be golden and look sort of like an oatmeal cookie.

These sweet potato snacks are food-friendly, and you can have some fun playing with holiday flavors. If you’re a fan of pumpkin beer, this is definitely a good opportunity to break out one of your favorites. Otherwise, something with caramel undertones will work nicely. Serious Eats suggests pairing sweet potatoes with a farmhouse ale, and brown ales are another good choice. Of course, they’re also good on their own.

Sweet Potato Streusel Bites

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Sweet potato streusel bites | Christine Skopec/Culture Cheat Sheet

For even more holiday flavor, try adding a sprinkle of cinnamon to the topping. This recipe makes enough to serve 6.


  • 2 medium sweet potatoes, sliced into ½-inch-thick rounds, halved if larger than 3 inches in diameter
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • ⅜ teaspoon salt, plus more
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
  • 4½ tablespoons light brown sugar, packed
  • ½ cup plus 1 tablespoon rolled oats
  • ½ cup plus 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • ⅓ cup chopped pecans

Directions: Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. In a medium bowl, toss potato slices with oil and a few hefty pinches of salt. Arrange on a baking sheet, making sure to leave space between slices. Use two baking sheets, if needed. Bake sweet potatoes until bottom side has turned golden brown, about 20 minutes.

Meanwhile, use your fingers to work butter, brown sugar, flour, oats, and ⅜ teaspoon salt together. Once mixture is combined and crumbly, add the pecans, and toss to combine.

Remove sweet potatoes from the oven and flip over. Top each sweet potato slice with a generous amount of streusel, pressing to adhere, and making sure to use all of the streusel. Transfer sweet potatoes back to the oven and continue baking until undersides have browned and streusel is golden, about 20 minutes longer.

Give the sweet potatoes at least 5 minutes to cool down before you serve them. You’ll have enough bites for about 4 people.

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