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May 3, 2012 06:18 PM

Candied sweet potatoes

I need an amazing recipe for candied sweet potatoes, something really addictive, sweet and sticky. Thanks in advance!

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  1. I will tell you how I do mine, there really isn't a "recipe" but I will try to put down approximate ingredients.

    2-3 large sweet potatoes, peeled and sliced thin
    1 stick butter
    1 cup brown sugar
    1/4-1/2 cup light corn syrup
    Salt & Pepper to taste
    Optional: Maple syrup, cayenne pepper, cinnamon, etc.

    Place the sliced sweet potatoes in a large saucepan or stock pot, cover with water, and bring to a boil. As soon as they are boiling, turn off the heat. You do not want them to be tender, just start the cooking process.

    In a large skillet, melt the better and add the sugar and corn syrup. Mix and heat over medium heat until bubbling. Add the par-boiled sweet potatoes and stir to coat. Cook over medium heat for about 20-30 minutes, until potatoes are tender and sauce is reduced and very sticky and thick.

    My measurements may be off, I just fit as many potatoes as I can into my large dutch oven (which I think is 4 quarts) and when I make the sauce, I just add sugar/corn syrup until the consistency looks right. It will look watery at first but let it reduce and it will caramelize on the potatoes. Also, if you over-boil the potatoes so they are tender, it is still good, you may just end up with mashed candied sweet potatoes as opposed to candied sweet potato slices. If you can keep them in slices, I think it is better as you can really caramelize the sauce onto them.

    I've had people tell me they don't like sweet potatoes and eat huge helpings of this, so I hope you enjoy it. :) My mom made it every year without fail for Thanksgiving and I learned the "recipe" from her, which is why there's not really a "recipe" at all. They are not hard to make so you may try doing a batch before any events you plan on serving them at so you can see how they turn out and if you like them.

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    1. re: Maggiethecat

      Thank you! Have you ever made them in advance and reheated?

    2. It's not very impressive-sounding, but I love sweet potatoes cooked in Coke with chipotle mixed in.

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      1. re: katecm

        hm sounds interesting. what exactly do you do?

        1. re: hungryabbey

          It's so embarrassingly easy. Dice or slice the sweet potatoes, season with salt and pepper, and brown them. Mix some chipotle chilies in adobo (a little goes a loooong way) into coke, pour over the top, cover and stir. They don't take long to cook that way, so when they are almost soft, uncover and finish so that the sode cooks away into a glaze. You can quickly broil if you want a bit of crust, but be SUPER careful becaue the sweet glaze will burn easily.

          1. re: katecm

            sounds awesome. Reminds me of how I make baked beans (with root beer as my sweetener of choice).

        2. I'm not sure you'd call these "candied", but this recipe, from Susan Branch's "Christmas from the Heart of the Home", will keep them coming back for more:

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            1. re: todao

              I been making candied sweet potatoes for years. Recently tried a recipe with maple syrup and went back to my own. recipe.. Boil sweet potatoes till partialy soft. Peel and slice in half. Set in baking dish.Add orange juice, honey, cinnamon and butter or margarine and bake until sweet potatoes are soft and shiny.