Jack-o'-lantern-filled sweet potato casserole

Claire Gallam

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I don't think there's a person in the world who actually likes doing dishes. If you are one of those people, do you mind coming over to do mine? To avoid more dish duty for you or your kids, I whipped up a fall favorite, sweet potato casserole, in a carved out pumpkin!

Jack O' Lantern filled sweet potato casserole

This means you can eat this classic and keep the pumpkin, little cleanup required! Plus, the addition of crispy chicken and havarti cheese make this normally sweet dish a perfectly savory one.

Jack-o'-lantern-filled sweet potato casserole recipe

Serves about 3


  • 3 small pumpkins or squashes
  • 1-1/2 large sweet potatoes, cooked and mashed
  • 1 tablespoon dark brown sugar
  • 1-1/2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1/2 small onion, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons egg beaters
  • 1 tablespoon whole milk
  • 1 cup cooked and chopped chicken
  • 1/4 cup shredded havarti cheese
  • 2 tablespoons shredded mozzarella cheese
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • Fresh herbs


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Grease a casserole dish with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. Melt the butter in a skillet over medium heat. Add the onion and cook until softened. Add the onions, sweet potatoes, brown sugar, egg beaters, whole milk, chopped chicken, havarti cheese, salt, pepper and Italian seasoning. Stir to combine. Add the mozzarella cheese to the top of the casserole.
  3. Bake for about 16 minutes, or until golden.
  4. Carve out 4 faces from the 3 pumpkins or squash. Scoop out the seeds and discard.
  5. Fill each mini pumpkin with chicken casserole. Garnish with fresh herbs.

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Claire Gallam
Claire is an aspiring nutritionist (and soon to be culinary student) with a serious addiction to bacon, wine, goat cheese and online shopping. She is recently married to a social media guru who loves *almost* everything she conjures up. In addition to writing for the Food section of SheKnows, she is a full-time recipe creator (and taste tester), a writer for FabulousFoods.com and a contributing writer for the Home and Gardening section of SheKnows. You can also follow her daily musings and find delicious healthy recipes on her food blog, The Realistic Nutritionist.