Thanksgiving Candied Sweet Potatoes

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I mean, I’m pretty sure that no one except a Southern girl would have a recipe that starts out ‘boil potatoes in sugar water..’! Southerners do like sugar. For instance, we love tea, but tea is sweet and served over ice.

It’s a tradition with a lot of people to have sweet potato casserole for Thanksgiving and Christmas. You know the one with the marshmallows on top? My sister-in-law was assigned to bring the sweet potato casserole to Thanksgiving one year. She didn’t have marshmallows so she topped it with chocolate chips! (what?!) It wasn’t a hit!

My family, on the other hand, always had Candied Sweet Potatoes instead of a casserole. Have you ever heard of Candied Sweet Potatoes? I call them Thanksgiving Candied Sweet Potatoes because it’s the only time of year we have them. Basically, you slice yummy sweet potatoes thinly and boil them in a simple syrup. It sounds like a dessert, but my family eats them with our meal.

When your choosing sweet potatoes for this recipes, look for medium to small ones about 2 1/2 to 3 inches in diameter and 4 or 5 inches long. I’ve found this size overall tends to be more tender; I think you’ll agree with me. Most stores in my area have sweet potatoes in stock right now. I hope you can find them because I really want you to try this recipe.

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Thanksgiving Candied Sweet Potatoes
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Serves: 8 servings
You can keep this dish warm on the stove or put potatoes in a casserol dish, cover with foil and keep warm in the oven until it's time to serve.
  • 3 lbs sweet potatoes (this will yield about 4 cups when sliced)
  • 1 and ½ c water
  • 1 and ½ c sugar
  • pinch of salt (about ⅛ tsp)
  • 3 T butter
  1. Slice potatoes evenly about ¼ inch thick. Try to get them all the same thickness so they'll cook at the same rate.
  2. Add sugar and water to a medium sized sauce pan.
  3. Heat on medium high until sugar is dissolved.
  4. Add sliced sweet potatoes and salt to water.
  5. Cook on stove top at a simmer for 30 minutes or until potatoes are soft and water has thickened. Your water should be thick like a maple or corn syrup.
  6. Add butter and stir until butter melts.
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  1. says

    I’m still laughing over the chocolate chips! 🙂 We love candied sweet potatoes and that’s the way we have always had them, too. These look delicious!!! Thanks for sharing and pinning! Have a happy Wednesday!

  2. says

    This is so neat, Paula! I had honestly never heard of doing sweet potatoes like this before. I am just slightly north of the Mason-Dixon Line here & we like our sweet tea- I always have a pitcher in my fridge. But I have never seen someone make sweet potatoes like that for Thanksgiving!
    I would love to try it, but I am slightly afraid of having a full-on protest from my family who LOVES the marshmallow topped casserole. 😉
    Pinned & sharing!

  3. says

    Paula, My mother always had candied sweet potatoes at Thanksgiving and Christmas and I’ve carried on the tradition. I love them. In our recipe we boil the potatoes first, then slice and add dark corn syrup. I’ll have to try your method which is how I make candied carrots. Thanks for sharing and have a good week.

    • says

      Oh, I love candied carrots too! My dad always liked the potatoes sliced thin, so I guess that’s why we just boiled them in that mixture, they really don’t take long as thinly as he likes them sliced.

  4. Sandy Spence says

    I really like your recipe for sweet potatoes, mine is a little different, but always willing to try something new. I make a sauce to go over the cooked potatoes. Orange juice, brown sugar and pecan pieces. It has become my sons favorite. Don’t have the exact measurements as I just add a little of this and that.

    • says

      I had to measure and make this twice, because I wasn’t sure of exact measurements 🙂 Your recipe sounds great, I trying it next time I make them! Thanks

  5. Debbie Caraballo says

    We’ve done the Sweet Potato Casserole thing for many years now. (We’re from Texas). This casserole, and sweet potato pie, are the only way I’ll eat sweet potatoes. Of course, the casserole is a lot like pie, except it has a streusel type topping, and no crust!

    Thanks for sharing your recipe!

  6. says

    These sound just delicious, Paula! We always do a sweet potato casserole, but I love the simplicity of these candied sweet potatoes. Pinning this to my Thanksgiving board…thanks for sharing! 🙂

  7. says

    I love hearing about family traditions for the holidays. Being Italian we had both the traditional turkey dinner and a lasagna… isn’t that crazy? Thanks for sharing your sweet potatoes with us on Foodie Friday.

    • says

      You know, I’m thinking about making lasagna for Christmas because my mom loves it but won’t make it for just her and Dad.

  8. says

    These are beautiful, Paula. I love sweet potatoes, so I know I would love this recipe! Thanks for sharing it with us at Saturday Night Fever 🙂

  9. says

    These look so simple and so good! I am doing a Thanksgiving Round-Up Series next week on my blog and I would love to share this recipe. Please email me if you are happy for me to include this recipe (and any other Thanksgiving delights you may have to share!) Ruth x


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