Thanksgiving Candied Sweet Potatoes

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Thanksgiving Candied Sweet Potatoes are sweet and earthy. A delicious side dish with your holiday feast!

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 Thanksgiving Candied Sweet Potatoes instead of a casserole. Have you ever heard of Thanksgiving Candied Sweet Potatoes ? We always have this during the holidays

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.

Thanksgiving Candied Sweet Potatoes Thanksgiving Candied Sweet Potatoes


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Thanksgiving Candied Sweet Potatoes

Thanksgiving Candied Sweet Potatoes

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.
Author: Paula
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Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 8 servings
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  • 3 lbs sweet potatoes this will yield about 4 cups when sliced
  • 1 and ½ cups water
  • 1 and ½ cups sugar
  • pinch salt about 1/8 tsp
  • 3 Tablespoons butter


  • Slice potatoes evenly about 1/4 inch thick. Try to get them all the same thickness so they'll cook at the same rate.
  • Add sugar and water to a medium sized sauce pan.
  • Heat on medium high until sugar is dissolved.
  • Add sliced sweet potatoes and salt to water.
  • 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.
  • Add butter and stir until butter melts.


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Calories: 329kcal | Carbohydrates: 72g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 11mg | Sodium: 134mg | Potassium: 573mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 45g | Vitamin A: 24263IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 54mg | Iron: 1mg
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  4. 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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