Candied Sweet Potatoes is the perfect Christmas dinner side dish. These sweet potatoes cook up soft, buttery and so delicious.
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Easy Candied Sweet Potatoes Recipe:
Candied Sweet Potato Casserole is a must side for all our holiday dinners. They are always cooked to perfection and a family favorite side dish. They are sweet, buttery, creamy and always have the best flavor.
We love that this side dish is made with simple pantry ingredients that are loaded with warm flavor and can easily get at grocery store. These sweet potatoes are cooked in a delicious buttery sauce and cooked with a caramelized texture.
These sweet potatoes are a classic side that we serve every holiday but I also make them throughout the year. They are so easy to make and my family always request them. See more Christmas Sweet Potato Recipes.
What are Candied Sweet Potatoes?
Candied Sweet Potatoes is the ultimate side dish. Fresh sweet potatoes are sliced and placed in a baking dish. They are then covered with a melted butter sauce and seasoned with warm spices.
They are then baked to perfection and the results are caramelized sweet potatoes that are soft and buttery.
Are Candied Yams and Candied Sweet Potatoes the same thing?
Candied Yams and Candied Sweet Potatoes are both made from sweet potatoes, rooted vegetable, but they do not taste them same.
Yams have a starch texture similar to a white potato. Candied Sweet Potatoes are sweeter and have a creamier texture.
Sweet Potatoes and Yams always make the perfect side dish.
- Sweet Potatoes
- Brown Sugar
How to Make Candied Sweet Potatoes:
- Step 1 – Heat Oven – Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
- Step 2 – Peel and Cut Sweet Potatoes – Peel and slice the sweet potatoes into approximately 1/2” thick slices.
- Step 2 – Place in Casserole Dish – Then place the sweet potatoes into a 9X13 baking pan. Season the sweet potatoes with the salt.
- Step 3 – Melt butter and other seasoning – Melt the butter over medium high heat in a saucepan. Then stir in the sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg.
- Step 4 – Heat until Sugar and spices dissolved – Stir and heat until the sugar has dissolved (just a few minutes). Watch the mixture closely so that it does not burn.
- Step 5 – Pour mixture over sweet potatoes – Then pour this mixture evenly over the sweet potatoes making sure that every sweet potato is covered with the butter mixture.
- Step 6 – Cover and Bake – Cover the pan with aluminum foil and bake for 40-60 minutes stirring every 15 minutes to 20 minutes until the sweet potatoes are fork tender.
- Step 7 – Serve and Enjoy – Serve immediately while warm and enjoy! This is perfect for Thanksgiving side dish and as a Christmas side dish.
Substitutions and Variations:
- Chopped Pecans – If you like pecans, add some chopped pecans to the top before baking. Adding nuts allows gives the sweet potato a nice crunchy texture.
- Maple Syrup – Maple syrup is a delicious addition to the buttery sauce. It has warm flavors and mixes well with the butter and with spices.
- Marshmallows – Top this classic side dish with mini marshmallows. This will make the best sweet potato pie.
- Orange Juice – Add in orange juice or orange zest. This is great way to add some fresh flavor to sweet potato casserole dish.
Tips for the Best Candied Sweet Potatoes:
- Covering the Sweet Potatoes – Once you have melted the buttery mixed add to the sweet potatoes and toss. Make sure to cover the sweet potatoes completely.
- Slicing the Sweet Potatoes – We recommend slicing the sweet potatoes about the same size. This ensure that the sweet potatoes cook evenly.
- Baking – When baking the sweet potato casserole, make sure to cover for the first hour. Make sure to stir throughout the cooking process so that the sweet potatoes doo not burn.
- Fork Tender Potatoes – Make sure you potatoes are fork tender before removing them from the oven. I also like them to have a crispy golden brown texture before removing them.
- Buttery Sauce – When melting the butter, white sugar, and other ingredients watch closely so they sauce doesn’t burn in the pan.
Can Candied Sweet Potatoes be made in advance?
You can prepare the buttery brown sugar glaze in advance. But we recommend making it and then baking it. It is best served right after it is made.
How to Store:
Refrigerate the leftovers in an airtight container for up to 5 days. These store well and reheat easily in the microwave. If you have a large portion left, we recommend placing back in the baking dish to reheat.
Easy Christmas Side Dish:
We love this easy side dish for many reason. This sweet potato casserole is loaded with buttery, brown sugar flavor. This recipe is made with easy ingredients that can easily be purchased at the store.
Easy Candied Sweet Potatoes is the perfect holiday side dish. You can easily prepare and make ahead of time so it frees up space in your oven.
This sweet, buttery sauce is always a crowd favorite so you may need to double the recipe.
Print Recipe here for Candied Sweet Potatoes:
Candied Sweet Potatoes
- 4 lbs Sweet Potatoes
- 1/2 tsp Salt
- 1/2 cup Butter
- 1 cup Brown Sugar
- 1 tsp Cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp Nutmeg
- Peel and slice the sweet potatoes into approximately 1/2” thick slices.
- Then place the sweet potatoes into a 9X13 baking pan. Season the sweet potatoes with the salt.
- Melt the butter over medium high heat in a saucepan. Then stir in the sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg.
- Stir and heat until the sugar has dissolved (just a few minutes). Watch the mixture closely so that it does not burn.
- Then pour this mixture evenly over the sweet potatoes making sure that every sweet potato is covered with the butter mixture.
- Cover the pan with aluminum foil and bake for 40-60 minutes stirring every 15-20 minutes until the sweet potatoes are fork tender.
- Serve immediately while warm and enjoy!
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