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Saturday, November 17, 2012

Candied Sweet Potatoes - Two Ways!

 Ok... Thanksgiving is pretty much over us, I just came back from doing Thanksgiving Grocery Shopping! Oh wow! Expensive! and I am trying to keep it simple!

So I know I haven't gone through my whole Menu and shared all of my recipes with you... but here I am ... This time I am bringing two recipes on how to make candied sweet potatoes... I don't like sweet potatoes, so they are not even on my menu, but I know this is a "Thanksgiving Staple" and a favorite of many

These recipes were shared with me by two of hubby's aunts... Auntie Sally (you've heard a lot about her here!) and Auntie Janet, well, she sent me Grandma's recipe. I trust them both with their recipes but this seems to be a dish where "the sisters" disagree! LOL! .. I am sure they are both great (If you like sweet potatoes)

So... here they are! Choose your favorite:

Auntie Sally's Candied Sweet Potatoes: (** Original Notes by Auntie Sally)

  • 6 medium yams
  • 1/2 c. brown sugar
  • 1/2 c. Karo syrup
  • 1/4 c. butter
  •  Preheat oven at 375F. Bake yams until fork tender (not too tender,they'll fall apart) about 25-30 mins.  Peel and cut into pieces 2x2 or so.  Layer in a baking dish, 8x8 or larger depending on how much you have, single layer is best.
  • In the meantime combine sugar, syrup and butter and bring to a boil.  Reduce to low heat and simmer 5 min. Stir occasionally.
  • Pour syrup mixture over potatoes and bake, about 50 minutes basting 1 or 2 times.
** I do cover with foil and remove it in the last 5-10 minutes.
  • They should have a nice glazed look, not crispy.
**I definitely bake them and don't put them in a slow cooker or anything like that.  I think the texture and richness is not obtained unless they go in the oven.  There may be a discrepancy among the aunts on that.


Grandma Shirley's Easy Candied Sweet Potatoes (**Original Notes by Auntie Janet)

 ** Here is the recipe for the sweet potatoes that Grandma gave me.

  •  3- 16oz cans whole sweet potatoes (drained) slice into nice size pieces if you need too.
  •  3/4 cup packed brown sugar
  •  3/4 cup dark corn syrup
  •  6 Tablespoons butter
  •  Drain the sweet potatoes and put into a 13x9" pan.  Heat the brown sugar, dark corn syrup, and butter bring to a boil.  Simmer stirring for 5 minutes. Pour syrup over sweet potates and bake for 30 minutes. I baste the sweet potates with the syrup after 15 minutes just to keep the tops of the potates from drying out.   
 **    Love Auntie Janet

 Aren't they great? Ah! I love hubby's family! And I love it that they all took the time last Thanksgiving to share all this with me! I am respecting their secrets though... I am only sharing the recipes that I know they don't mind sharing... those recipes that I was told: "This is just for your eyes" well... it's stayed that way!

I hope you like these recipes, let me know which one you picked!

© Paloma K.

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