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help me recreate simple sweet potato recipe

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I want to make this as a side dish at Thanksgiving. I am drawing a complete blank for some reason on the details of how to make a really simple candied yam dish. What I want is long slices of sweet potatoes/yams in baking dish dotted with butter and sprinkled with cinnamon/nutmeg and brown sugar. The part I'm blanking on is: do I bake the sweet potatoes first, then cool them before slicing and then re-bake them? Or will it work to use raw slices and bake for longer? Duh! I just can't remember. When I try googling I keep getting recipes where the potatoes are baked then mashed, which isn't what I want. Also help w/quantities please -- 25 people (20 adults, 5 elementary school age kids) - moderately heavy eaters. Thanks!

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  1. I would use raw slices and bake until they are cooked through. Sweet potatoes tend to get pretty mushy when they are baked whole, so they might not hold up to slicing and arranging.