Classic Candied Sweet Potatoes baked in butter and sweet brown sugar are a sweet and delightful side dishes recipe addition to your Thanksgiving table. Plus they’re super simple to make.
Candied Sweet Potatoes
Today is day 6 of our Week of Thanksgiving Side Dish Recipes, and it’s my last personal recipe I’ll be sharing this week. We’ll have an amazing finale tomorrow though, so be sure to come back!
Anyway, the recipe for today is Candied Sweet Potatoes. These are by far my favorite part of Thanksgiving dinner. It’s like having dessert right on the dinner table! Candied Sweet Potatoes are so sweet and delicious with buttery goodness and sweet brown sugar, crystallized and crunchy on the outside of the warm sweet potatoes. The best part is they’re super easy to make.
I actually had to make this recipe twice for this blog post because the first time I didn’t follow my grandma’s directions exactly and they turned out blech. I thought I could skip a step and condense it and still have them turn out just as yummy. I was wrong, and now I know: Grandma still knows best!
This recipe is for about 8 servings, so you may have to adjust it just a little if you have more or less people at your Thanksgiving dinner.
Candied Sweet Potatoes Recipe
- 4 large sweet potatoes
- 1 cup brown sugar divided
- 4 tablespoons butter
- Bake potatoes in a 375° oven until tender, about 45 minutes. I just stick them in the oven right on the wire rack, and I check them periodically because you don't want them to burn or turn to mush. Just soft enough to easily pierce with a fork.
- When potatoes are tender, remove from oven and allow to cool for 10-20 minutes.
- Take skins off potatoes (They should peel right off. I don't even need to use a peeler), and cut into quarters. (Cut in half length-wise, and then cut each half in half width-wise)
- Sprinkle half of your brown sugar into a 9"x13" baking dish. Lay potatoes on sugar.
- Cut your butter in 16 very thin pats and place one pat on each potato. Sprinkle the remaining brown sugar on top.
- Return potatoes to you 375° oven and allow to cook for 10-20 minutes. Every 5-7 minutes take your potatoes out and spoon some of the sugary liquid over them. You'll be able to tell they're done when they turn a very rich orange-ish brown. Your sugar mixture will stay runny on the bottom.
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