Candied Sweet Potatoes for Thanksgiving

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Candied Sweet Potatoes Recipe

Candied Sweet Potatoes For Thanksgiving

Candied Sweet Potatoes For Thanksgiving

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.



Preparing Our Candied Sweet Potatoes Recipe

Preparing Our Candied
Sweet Potatoes Recipe

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.

Candied Sweet Potatoes

Candied Sweet Potatoes

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!

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15 comments
dacmorea
dacmorea

How would this recipe change if you used canned sweet potatoes?  I'd prefer to use them and bake in the oven, but desire a true candied result - i.e. a hard shell candy outside on the potatoes.  My grandmother's version were great, but she's no longer here to get her recipe!  I do know she used Karo Syrup and Molasses and canned potatoes in her version however and that they were baked.

Thanks! 

Palomi A
Palomi A

I made this for a covered dish party last weekend. Everyone there raved about it. The flavor was really good and I liked the way the sweet potatoes still had some crunch (not a mushy mess like I am accustomed to). I'm a beginner cook and appreciated your description and easy to follow instructions. Thanks. Like your website a lot, particularly your bookstore (well, your recipes too). I was excited to find a compilation of unique cookbooks, that didn't take me forever to research on my own. Bought a bunch of holiday gifts using your link to Amazon. Will tell my friends. Thanks again.

Miz Helen
Miz Helen

Congratulations! Your recipe is featured on Full Plate Thursday's Thanksgiving Buffet. Hope you are having a great week end and enjoy your new Red Plate! Miz Helen

Pat
Pat

Candied Sweet Potatoes, what a great addition to the thanksgiving meal! Thank you for posting this. Pat

Susan with Permanent Posies
Susan with Permanent Posies

ooh.....that looks really yummy! I can't wait to try them. Glad you linked up with Tuesday's Tasty Tidbits and hope you will come back this week.

Miz Helen
Miz Helen

We love Candied Sweet Potatoes and this is a great recipe. My very best wishes to you and your family for a blessed Thanksgiving. Thanks for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and hope to see you again real soon! Miz Helen

Vicky
Vicky

What a great Thanksgiving side dish these would be. I am stumbling this post. I am a new FB follower from Creative Juice Thursday. Vicky from Mess For Less

Nisrine
Nisrine

Candied sweet potatoes are amazing for the holidays. Your recipe sounds wonderful.

Stephanie
Stephanie

I love sweet potatoes but I've never tried anything like this, looks delish!! Stephanie

debbie
debbie

these look so good!! think i'll try them tonight! thanks debbie

MC
MC

Looks delicious! Last year I tried to make a sweet potato salad with orange dressing and sesame seeds. Seemed like a great idea but it totally failed. This might be a better bet for next time.

June@CreditDonkey
June@CreditDonkey

Oh my god I love it! It looks delicious. But I'm avoiding sugar and carbs. Any further suggestions?

Christy
Christy

Hi, Palomi. I'm glad they liked your sweet potatoes. It's great that you found what you were looking for in our bookstore!