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old-fashioned candied sweet potatoes

(8 ratings)
Blue Ribbon Recipe by
Diane Atherton

This is the way my mother served sweet potatoes on Thanksgiving and Christmas before she discovered the well known Sweet Potato Souffle recipe. As much as I love the souffle recipe, I still love these potatoes in this wonderful syrup. Hope you enjoy!

Blue Ribbon Recipe

Member's Choice! Sweet potatoes on the holidays are a staple side dish. These candied ones are simple to make and divine. They're filled with butter, sugar, and spice. By cooking in the cast iron, the potatoes are tender and sweet with little crispy edges. If you want to get real fancy, sprinkle with some chopped pecans.

— The Test Kitchen @kitchencrew
(8 ratings)
yield 4 to 6
prep time 1 Hr
cook time 5 Min
method Stove Top

Ingredients For old-fashioned candied sweet potatoes

  • 4 to 6
    sweet potatoes, peeled and sliced
  • 2 c
  • 1 stick
    butter (1/2 cup)
  • 1/2 to 1 tsp
    nutmeg (nutmeg is strong and you don't really need a lot)
  • 1 tsp
  • pinch

How To Make old-fashioned candied sweet potatoes

  • Melting butter in cast iron skillet.
    In a large (cast iron) skillet, melt butter over medium heat.
  • Sliced sweet potatoes added to the skillet.
    Add sliced potatoes to butter and toss to coat.
  • Sugar and seasonings added to a bowl.
    Mix sugar, nutmeg, cinnamon, and salt in a bowl.
  • Sugar added to the potatoes.
    Add to potatoes. Toss to coat.
  • Simmering sweet potatoes on the stove.
    Reduce heat to low and simmer for about 1 hour (covered), stirring occasionally until potatoes are fork-tender.