Candied Sweet Potatoes Recipe
Candied sweet potatoes are a sumptuous treat that is so much more than just a trimming for Thanksgiving turkey. While they are fabulous with turkey, they complement pork and fish nicely, too and are a welcome contrast to savory entrees.
Our candied sweet pototoes recipe is easy to prepare. The most important detail to follow is what not to do: not to stir the ingredients too often.
This recipe serves six guests as a side dish. If you are serving several sides, then this should be plenty. However, if it is the only side or one of two sides, then you may be more comfortable doubling this recipe.
Molasses can be substituted for dark corn syrup or you could blend both dark corn syrup and molasses into this recipe. Both flavors work well for candied sweet potatoes.
Candied Sweet Potatoes
From the Kitchen of Judy Haftl Naujalis
- 4 large sweet potatoes
- ½ stick salted butter
- ½ cup brown sugar, firmly packed
- ½ cup dark corn syrup (Karo)
- ¼ tsp salt
- ⅛ tsp pepper
Yield: serves 6 as a side dish.
Peel the sweet potatoes and cut them into chunks.
In a large sauté pan, melt the butter. Add the brown sugar and dark corn syrup. Heat over medium heat until the mixture bubbles and the sugar dissolves. Add the sweet potatoes and sprinkle them with the salt and pepper. Stir until the potatoes are coated evenly with the syrup.
Simmer over medium heat until the syrup bubbles again and then lower the heat to its lowest setting. Cook the sweet potatoes (uncovered) over low heat for three hours.
RESIST the temptation to stir the sweet potatoes any more than absolutely necessary to prevent sticking (this should be no more than one rotation every 30 minutes). If you stir too often, the potatoes will get mushy and will lose their shape.
While the potatoes are cooked enough to serve well before three hours, they will taste kind of ordinary if you serve them too soon. Cooking them a full three hours allows some of the liquid to evaporate, which thickens the syrup. Also, the edges of the potatoes harden slightly for a more interesting texture.
Serve these candied sweet potatoes hot along with your other Thanksgiving fixings and enjoy!