Top of Stove Fried Candied Sweet Potatoes

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Serves: 6 - 8
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6 medium firm, sweet potatoes
3/4 c white sugar
1/2 c water
5 Tbsp butter, room temperature
1/2 tsp vanilla extract

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Jewel Hall Recipe
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Cullman, AL (pop. 14,775)
Member Since Oct 2010
Jewel's notes for this recipe:
I have never Candied Sweet Potatoes in the oven. My mother and mother in law always cooked them in a pan on the stove burner and they were FANTASTIC !! Not ever a bite left. I hope you enjoy cooking them this way. I think long ago when they cooked on wood burning stoves this was an easier way. Also, the oven was reserved to cook a huge pan of corn bread. One of my favorite meals is Purple Hull Peas, Candied Sweet Potatoes and Corn bread...I know, that is down home Southern where the stars shine bright on a cold winter night.
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Scrub, wash and peel potatoes, place in large bowl and cut into 1/2 inch slices across. Set aside.
Spray a large, heavy skillet with a non stick cooking spray. Add slices of potatoes and the 3/4 cup of water.
Bring to boil on Medium high, cap with the lid and turn burner down to low. Check occasionally about every 10 to 15 minutes, DO NOT STIR. May gently slide with a wooden spoon always replacing lid. When potatoes are tender, about 20 minutes or so, gently check with a fork. Add, butter, sugar and vanilla. About 1/2 cup of liquid should still remain in pan with potatoes. Recap with lid and simmer until sugar is melted, and butter and vanilla are incorporated with drippings.
The drippings should thicken allowing you to turn potatoes gently with a spatula, don't let them stick. When Juice is thick and cooked real low, remove from burner. Leave lid on potatoes for a few more minutes to allow more steaming. The potato slices should have taken on a candied appearance.

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user Jenelle S nelnel6280 - Nov 3, 2010
Mmmm I love sweet potatoes... I make mine on the stove with brown sugar instead of white sugar... Yum!!!
user Jewel Hall 0124 - Nov 3, 2010
You got the secret ~~ Yummy....Cheers
user Debby DeRousse cakesbydebby - Nov 3, 2010
My mom always did hers this way and we fought over them(the ones that were the most "candied"). I could never duplicate her recipe so I'll try yours.
user Jewel Hall 0124 - Nov 3, 2010
Oh Debby, I do love sweet potatoes this way and my memory goes back as far as I can remember. We used to grow sweet potatoes when I was growing up. They are still widely grown in this area. Hope you are able to be successful with the recipe, let me know...Jewel
user Debby DeRousse cakesbydebby - Nov 3, 2010
I sure will. I love all your recipes you have posted and enjoy looking for what you have posted next :)

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