This is the classic sweet potato recipe that my grandmother serves each year for Thanksgiving and Christmas. It's very simple, yet each time I make it people rave and ask for the recipe. Embarrassingly simple & quite delicious!

Recipe Summary

prep:
15 mins
cook:
1 hr 35 mins
total:
1 hr 50 mins
Servings:
8
Yield:
8 servings
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Ingredients

8
Original recipe yields 8 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

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  • Place whole sweet potatoes in a steamer over a couple of inches of boiling water, and cover. Cook until tender, about 30 minutes. Drain and cool.

  • Peel, and slice sweet potatoes lengthwise into 1/2 inch slices. Place in a 9x13 inch baking dish.

  • In a small saucepan over medium heat, melt butter, brown sugar, water and salt. When the sauce is bubbly and sugar is dissolved, pour over potatoes.

  • Bake in preheated oven for 1 hour, occasionally basting the sweet potatoes with the brown sugar sauce.

Nutrition Facts

294 calories; protein 2.1g 4% DV; carbohydrates 47.2g 15% DV; fat 11.7g 18% DV; cholesterol 30.5mg 10% DV; sodium 415.2mg 17% DV. Full Nutrition
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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
07/24/2003
This was so yummy! I made it for Thanksgiving. I actually cooked the casserole in my crock pot instead of the oven to save oven space and it was perfect. I will definitely make this one again! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
02/05/2004
Easy and tasty but nothing unique. I added a teaspoon of vanilla and of course marshmallows. This recipe works well when you are pressed on time. Read More
(4)
187 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 139
  • 4 star values: 42
  • 3 star values: 4
  • 2 star values: 2
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
07/24/2003
This was so yummy! I made it for Thanksgiving. I actually cooked the casserole in my crock pot instead of the oven to save oven space and it was perfect. I will definitely make this one again! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/24/2003
These were excellent. Based on other reviews, I made some adjustments: used only 1/4 cup water and let the mixture boil for 10 minutes. Next time, I'm not going to add any water at all. I also added a tsp of cinnamon. Excellent. Thank you. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/24/2003
Fabulous!!!! This is almost exactly my mom's recipe for Thanksgiving sweet potatoes (or Christmas, Easter, etc.) First rate taste, the simple recipes are the best. I just dotted with a bit more butter & sprinkled a bit of brown sugar on before baking, it adds some caramelizing (is that a word?)to the tops of some of the potatoes. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
10/17/2006
This is good but my grandmother used a recipe that is so easy...get a lge can of yams slice thin lengthwise and place close together on cookie sheet. Top with a generous sprinkling of drk brn sugar and sliced butter pats. put in 400F oven until juice is thick bubbles. yummy Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
10/02/2007
Since my oven is always full on the holidays I make this in an electric skillet pan on the counter top (worth the 19.99 just to make this dish). Vent the lid. Delete the water since it will create condensation that will thin the brown sugar sauce. I always try to lift the lid so that minimum condensation drops into the pan. My grandmother used to cook them this way with the lid off to make the sauce thicker but it will take longer to cook this way.Delicious! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/27/2005
We always make this kind of candy potato but never had a recipe to follow so it candy sauce comes out different. Now we make it this way and they are always excellent. I only use a 1/4 cup of water though. Thanks Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
07/24/2003
These were delicious despite the fact that they were extremely runny they never carmalized.... I even tried broiling for a few minutes. I took this dish to a family gathering and people raved over the flavor but like I said extremely runny. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/05/2007
I love this recipe. Even those who say they don't like sweet potatoes like this recipe. I absolutely hate those marshmallow sweet potato dishes so this is just simple and wonderful. I am considering not boiling the potatoes this year and just adding them to the baking pan raw with the sauce. Has anyone tried this method? I hope it works out. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
07/24/2003
These are embarrasingly easy to make and really tasty- sinfully so. They turned out soft sweet and delicious. A fabulous classic holiday recipe. It was my first time cooking sweet potatoes and they were a hit. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
02/05/2004
Easy and tasty but nothing unique. I added a teaspoon of vanilla and of course marshmallows. This recipe works well when you are pressed on time. Read More
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