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Classic Candied Sweet Potatoes

classic candied sweet potatoes Side
Classic Candied Sweet Potatoes
  • Prep 15 min
  • Total 50 min
  • Servings 6

This sweet potato recipe is a true classic. Whether you're cooking for the family or looking for a traditional side for the holidays, this dish comes together on the stovetop with a few on-hand ingredients. And because there's no baking or roasting required for these boiled sweet potatoes, you don’t even need to pull out the vegetable peeler for this recipe—the skins will slip right off as the sweet potatoes cool. MORE+ LESS-

October 31, 2018

Ingredients

6
medium sweet potatoes or yams (2 pounds)
1/3
cup packed brown sugar
3
tablespoons butter or margarine
3
tablespoons water
1/2
teaspoon salt

Steps

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  • 1
    Scrub sweet potatoes, but do not peel. Place potatoes in 3-quart saucepan. Add enough water just to cover. Heat to boiling; reduce heat to low. Cover and simmer 20 to 25 minutes or until tender. Drain; cool slightly. Slip off skins. Cut into 1/2-inch slices.
  • 2
    Heat remaining ingredients in 10-inch skillet over medium heat, stirring constantly, until smooth and bubbly. Add potatoes. Gently stir until glazed and hot.

Expert Tips

  • This recipe uses orange-fleshed sweet potatoes. If you have trouble identifying them at the store, use your thumbnail to scratch a bit of the skin off to reveal the color of the flesh. Some grocery stores now carry light-fleshed sweet potatoes, which are not the right pick for this recipe.
  • Contrary to popular belief, yams aren’t grown or sold in the U.S. What you’ll find in the grocery are different varieties of sweet potatoes. The deep orange or nearly red-fleshed varieties are very moist and sweet, perfect for this brown sugar-sweetened side dish.
  • Boiling the potatoes in their jackets makes peeling them a cinch—no veggie peeler required.
  • Easily layer up the flavor by substituting orange, apple cider, or cranberry juice for the water.
  • Make pineapple sweet potatoes by omitting the 3 tablespoons water and adding an 8-ounce can of crushed pineapple in syrup, undrained.

Nutrition Information

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
185
Calories from Fat
55
% Daily Value
Total Fat
6 g
Saturated Fat
1 g
Cholesterol
0mg
Sodium
260 mg
Potassium
16 mg
Total Carbohydrate
34 g
Dietary Fiber
2 g
Protein
1 g
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
100%
100%
Vitamin C
22%
22%
Calcium
4%
4%
Iron
4%
4%
Exchanges:
1 Starch; 1/2 Fruit; 1 Fat;
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

More About This Recipe

  • Their brilliantly hued orange flesh is a key to sweet potatoes’ goodness. They’re an incredibly rich (and delicious!) source of beta-carotene, which converts to Vitamin A and supports skin, vision and a strong immune system. This candied yams recipe requires just 15 minutes of prep, no peeling and just a little bit of stovetop watching. If you’re pressed for time, there’s no need to make these candied sweet potatoes from scratch. You can also use a 23 ounce-can of sweet potatoes instead. And if you’re wondering about the difference between a sweet potato and a yam, you may be in for a bit of a surprise. While some grocers may label the long, red-skinned variety of sweet potatoes as yams, they’re just another variety of sweet potato. In fact, the U.S. Department of Agriculture requires produce labeled as “yams” to also include the term “sweet potato.”

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