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Holiday Recipe: Amazing, Healthy Candied Sweet Potatoes

Updated on November 27, 2015
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I am a vet tech with my B.S. in Animal Science and a passion for animal health, dog training, fitness, organization, and always learning.

5 stars from 1 rating of Candied Sweet Potatoes

I love sweet potatoes, so how can I not love candied sweet potatoes? My aunt makes these at every holiday gathering, and it has always been my favorite part of the meal. They're sweet, warm, and perfectly delicious.

The best part is that they are incredibly simple to make! I can't stand recipes that require 10+ ingredients and hours of my time. I don't have the patience for it. That's why this dish is perfect to make at holidays and even for dinner any other night.

Here, I will share the recipe with you. Next holiday, you'll have the best dish at the party!

Preparation Time

First things first, get your oven going. You'll need to set it on "bake" at 375 degrees. Also, take out a large pot, and start boiling some water.

While you're waiting for everything to heat, start peeling and cutting up your potatoes. Try to keep the potatoes all reasonably similar in size; otherwise, they won't cook at the same rate.

While you're waiting for everything to heat, start peeling and cutting up your potatoes. Try to keep the potatoes all reasonably similar in size; otherwise, they won't cook at the same rate. I chose to cut up my potatoes in eighths (again, I have no patience).

Cooking the Potatoes

Once you're done, put the potatoes in the (hopefully) boiling water until they are tender enough to easily break apart when sliced with a fork or spoon. Doing this ensures that the potatoes are nice and soft. This took me about 15 minutes, but it depends on how small you cut the potato chunks.

Then, you'll want to put the soft potato chunks in a casserole dish and sprinkle a generous amount of brown sugar over them. I also like to add cinnamon to mine, but that's up to you. Slice up your stick of butter and place the slices all over the potatoes.

Stick the dish in the heated up oven, and let them sit until the butter melts and the potatoes get a hint of brown color to them. This will take about 15 minutes. Once they're done, take them out, and let them cool for five to ten minutes before eating; they will be hot!

Cook Time

Prep time: 5 min
Cook time: 30 min
Ready in: 35 min
Yields: 8

Ingredients

  • 4 sweet potatoes, large
  • 1 butter, stick
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • Cinnamon, to taste

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees, and start a large pot of boiling water.
  2. Peel and cut up potatoes.
  3. Put potato chunks in boiling water until tender.
  4. Strain potatoes out of water and put in baking dish.
  5. Sprinkle generously with brown sugar. Add some cinnamon, if you wish.
  6. Slice the stick of butter, and place slices over potatoes.
  7. Put in oven and bake until the potatoes have a slightly brown color.
  8. Take out and cool for 5-10 minutes. Enjoy!

Another benefit of this dish: it's healthy and nutritious. Sweet potatoes are known for being full of Vitamin A, which is essential for proper vision, skin, and skeletal development. It's also fairly low in carbohydrates, so when combined with a lean protein source, this makes for a healthy meal!

Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 1/2 cup
Calories 160
Calories from Fat72
% Daily Value *
Fat 8 g12%
Carbohydrates 22 g7%
Sugar 12 g
Protein 1 g2%
Sodium 163 mg7%
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.

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      sagolia 23 months ago

      Sure thing - it's DELICIOUS. I have a ridiculous love for sweet potatoes, and this is just sweet enough to feel like a treat without being awful for you. Let me know what you think!

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      peachy 23 months ago from Home Sweet Home

      This is a veryeasy snack i must try, thanks