Recipe Box: Simple “Candied” Sweet Potatoes

candied sweet potatoes recipe

I don’t know about you but with the close of October marching gleefully toward us, all eyes are on Thanksgiving. I’m thinking of doing a series on simple sides that will augment that fine feast without a ton of prep work.

This little beauty below worked well served beside roasted chicken and collard greens. If you happen to be a fan of the candied sweet potato side dish that makes the rounds at the Thanksgiving table, I bet this recipe will appeal to you. Think of this as the scrappier cousin of that marshmallow or sherried sweet potato dish. I played off the natural sweetness of the sweet potatoes, taking them up a notch with dates and added a splash of apple cider vinegar to balance out the other flavors with a bit of tartness.

What I liked about this recipe is how easy it is for a weeknight (or for the day to end all other celebration meals). It’s about as easy as you can get and involves no refined sugar. I found time to putter around the house while the potatoes roasted. Saving time in the kitchen and creating something simply delicious makes me want to give thanks!

TIME: 1 hour baking time + 15 minutes prep time
SERVES: 2

  • 5 small sweet potatoes
  • ¼ cup pecans, chopped
  • 3 dates, seeded and chopped
  • 1 tsp sage
  • 1 T olive oil
  • 1 tsp. apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tsp. maple syrup
  • salt and pepper, to taste

Preheat oven to 400.

Wash and scrub potatoes well. Then prick potatoes in several spots with a fork. Once oven is ready, place in oven for about an hour or until soft when pierced with a fork.

Pull out of the oven and let cool for about 10 minutes. While potatoes are cooling, chop up your pecans and dates. Set aside. Once the potatoes are cooled, chop sweet potatoes into small cubes and place in bowl. Add pecans, dates and sage. Stir. Then add in the apple cider vinegar, olive oil, maple syrup, salt and pepper and then the rest of the ingredients.

Toss and serve.

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About Anneliesz

Food. Poetry. People. Art. If I was Julie Andrews singing her song, these would be some of my favorite things. My biggest food fail was something we'll call "Tuna Surprise," but that never kept me out of the kitchen. Cooking is my own playtime. While I'm not a chef and would never claim to be anything less than an experimenter of flavors and textures, I sure do love to feed people. Then there's my love of writing which commenced at a wee age over a talking pen named "Percy". I love rolling words around my tongue in different languages. Art camp taught me the importance of not having an eraser. Life is an adventure and one whose marrow I seek to suck as much out of as possible. Join me as I live my life en route.

2 responses to “Recipe Box: Simple “Candied” Sweet Potatoes

  1. Bookmarking these for consideration in my Thanksgiving feast!

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