Candied Sweet Potato Recipe

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Candied sweet potato recipe. Recipe for baked, southern style sweet potatoes glazed with sugar and butter. Options included for maple, honey or orange glazed sweet potatoes as well.

Candied sweet potatoes on a plate.

Candied Sweet Potatoes

Southern candied sweet potatoes or yams are a traditional Thanksgiving sweet potato recipe . The dish is easy enough to prepare that you might consider making it a Sunday dinner regular instead of reserving it for special occasions.

For 6 servings


  • 5 or 6 sweet potatoes, washed, peeled and sliced into half inch thick rounds
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon all-purpose flour
  • salt, pepper and ground nutmeg
  • white and light brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons butter

    Cooking Instructions:
  1. Simmer the sliced sweet potatoes in water until they are almost fork tender. You don't want them to get too soft as they will be spending another half hour in the oven.
  2. Butter a large covered casserole dish.
  3. Transfer the cooked sweet potatoes into the casserole dish in layers. Top each layer of potatoes with a sprinkling of salt, pepper, nutmeg and white sugar. Top the final layer with all of these and crumble a handful of brown sugar over the potatoes.
  4. Mix the flour into the water (you can reserve some of the water the potatoes boiled in for this) and pour it over the sweet potatoes.
  5. Dot the butter evenly around on top of the brown sugar.
  6. Place the lid on the casserole dish and place it into a 350 degree F. oven for 30 minutes.

Orange Glazed Sweet Potatoes Recipe

You can make orange glazed sweet potatoes by substituting orange juice for the water in the recipe for candied sweet potatoes.

To make honey or maple glazed sweet potatoes, substitute honey or your favorite brand of maple syrup for the water and omit the flour.

Using Canned Sweet Potatoes

You can use canned sweet potato to make this candied sweet potato recipe. Just drain them before adding them to the casserole dish. Proceed with the rest of the recipe above.

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