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Slow-Cooker Sweet Potatoes with Applesauce

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  • Prep Time 15 min
  • Total Time 8 hr 15 min
  • Servings 6
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Your slow cooker can be a lifesaver during holiday meals when sweet potatoes are a must and the oven is stuffed with turkey or ham and other fixings.

Ingredients

6
medium (2 pounds) sweet potatoes or yams, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch cubes
1 1/2
cups applesauce
2/3
cup packed brown sugar
3
tablespoons butter or margarine, melted
1
teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2
cup chopped nuts, toasted

Directions

  • 1 Place sweet potatoes in 2- to 3 1/2-quart slow cooker. Mix remaining ingredients except nuts; spoon over potatoes.
  • 2 Cover and cook on low heat setting 6 to 8 hours or until potatoes are very tender.
  • 3 Sprinkle with nuts. This recipe was tested in slow cookers with heating elements in the side and bottom of the cooker, not in cookers that stand only on a heated base. For slow cookers with just a heated base, follow the manufacturer’s directions for layering ingredients and choosing a temperature.

Expert Tips

If your home is this year’s holiday gathering spot for family and friends, you can double or triple this recipe and cook it in a 5- to 6-quart cooker. And it will stay warm for second helpings.

Many varieties of sweet potatoes are available, but a true yam is not available in our supermarkets. The variety of sweet potatoes with dark orange skin is often labeled as “yams.” The very light-colored sweet potatoes are not as sweet and are drier than the darker-skin ones. We like the darker-skin sweet potatoes (or “yams”) for this dish because they not only make a richer-colored dish but also a tastier, sweeter one.

To toast nuts, bake uncovered in ungreased shallow pan in 350ºF oven about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally, until golden brown. Or cook in ungreased heavy skillet over medium-low heat 5 to 7 minutes, stirring frequently until browning begins, then stirring constantly until golden brown.

Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
350
Calories from Fat
115
% Daily Value
Total Fat
13 g
Saturated Fat
2 g
Cholesterol
0mg
Sodium
100 mg
Total Carbohydrate
60 g
Dietary Fiber
5 g
Protein
3 g
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
100%
100%
Vitamin C
24%
24%
Calcium
6%
6%
Iron
8%
8%
Exchanges:
2 Starch; 2 Fruit; 2 Fat;
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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