These Candied Sweet Potatoes are a delicious departure from the classic sweet potato casserole, so much easier, and feature a streusel-like crumble topping!
Sweet Potatoes are an absolute must on our Thanksgiving menu. And while my traditional Sweet Potato Casserole with Pecan Praline Topping or my Ultimate Sweet Potato Casserole is what we have most often, sometimes we want something a little different – and perhaps something a little easier to make as well.
That’s why I love these Candied Sweet Potatoes with Brown Sugar and Pecans. The streusel-like crumble topping with brown sugar and pecans makes this dish a little different than the traditional candied sweet potato casserole recipe you’re probably used to seeing. And, it’s my favorite part!
They’re perfect for a special occasion like Thanksgiving but easy enough to throw together on a weeknight – if you’ve got a little time. Y’all enjoy!
What makes these candied sweet potatoes so easy?
I love how easy this recipe is. There’s no cooking and no mashing the sweet potatoes like in the traditional recipe. No need to dirty a bowl and a fork, hand mixer, or potato masher while you mash your afternoon away!
You simply peel, slice, and bake the sweet potatoes in a thick and rich brown sugar sauce. Then, you top them with even more brown sugar and chopped pecans. The flavors are so delicious!
Are yams and sweet potatoes the same thing?
Sweet potatoes and yams are often confused, but they’re not the same thing. In the US, we sometimes use these terms interchangeably, and even some stores label sweet potatoes as yams. The truth is that yams and sweet potatoes are different.
Yams are native to Africa, have rough, dark skin, and are starchy, not sweet. Sweet potatoes, on the other hand, originate from South America and come in various varieties, with the orange-fleshed ones being the sweetest. Additionally, they belong to different plant families: yams are part of the lily family, while sweet potatoes are members of the morning glory family.
So there you have it… although they equally taste delicious in my opinion, yams and sweet potatoes are very different.
If you’ve got a few minutes to hang around and visit with me, scroll below this recipe to enjoy a story about buying a new house from when this post was originally published in November 2013…
Candied Sweet Potatoes with Brown Sugar and Pecans
- 3 pounds medium sweet potatoes
- 1/2 cup butter
- 1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon ground ginger
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
For the topping:
- 3 tablespoons butter, melted
- 1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar
- 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
- 3/4 cup coarsely chopped pecans
- Preheat the oven to 375° F. Lightly spray a 9×13-inch baking dish with non-stick cooking spray.
- Wash and peel the sweet potatoes. Slice them into 1/4 inch slices and place them in the baking dish.
- In a medium-sized pot, combine the butter, brown sugar, cinnamon, ginger, and salt. Heat over medium until just boiling. Remove from the heat and pour over the sweet potatoes. Cover the dish with aluminum foil and bake for 45 minutes or until the sweet potatoes are tender.
- To make the topping, stir together the melted butter, brown sugar, flour, and pecans.
- Remove the sweet potatoes from the oven and remove the foil. Sprinkle the topping mixture over the potatoes and cook for an additional 15 minutes.
* If nutritional values are provided, they are an estimate and will vary depending on the brands used. The values do not include optional ingredients or when ingredients are added to taste. If calorie count and other nutritional values are important to you, I recommend grabbing your favorite brands and plugging those ingredients into an online nutritional calculator.
November 13, 2013 – You know, things have a funny way of working out. Well, let me say that another way. It sure is funny when you think you’ve set one path and God has set you another. Yep, that’s more like it. And the truth is, I bet the big man upstairs is chuckling a little right now. You see, about 18 months ago, we set out to sell our house and find a new one with a bit more room. After listing our home, we started searching for another one. After looking at an endless number of homes, we decided that building might be the best option for us so that we could get exactly what we wanted. (I’ll admit I was being a bit particular about the kitchen – but for good reason, I suppose.)
We found a gorgeous corner lot in the neighborhood we had always dreamed of raising our little boy in, but when we called the realtor, there was a contract on the property. We took that as a little nudge from God saying that maybe buying was the best option. So again, we set out to buy an existing home. Another comprehensive search over the course of several months ended up fruitless. Okay, so maybe we were supposed to build, we decide. So we go back to our favorite neighborhood and buy the very last lot in the neighborhood – which just so happened to be next to the original corner lot that we liked so much.
Fast forward a few months. We have a lot, a builder, and a beautiful set of customized plans. We’re ready to build our dream home. That is until we hit a brick wall – and unfortunately, it wasn’t a brick wall of our new dream home.
If you’re not familiar with the building process, here’s a run down of what happened. Before the lender gives you the loan, they order an appraisal of the property based on the plans. Many lenders will only loan you a certain percentage of that assessed value to build. Well, because of the slow construction market in our area, our plans appraised well below what we felt they should have and well below the actual cost to build. See the brick wall I’m talking about here? I’m not sure about you all, but there’s not an extra hundred thousand dollars hanging around the bank accounts in this family.
So, again, frustrated and exhausted, we go back to the drawing board. During a conversation with Heather late one night, we decided to turn it over to God and let Him handle it. Anytime I’ve faced decisions that I just couldn’t make, I’ve gone back to the words of my mother… “When you can’t decide what to do, don’t do anything at all.”
So that’s exactly what we did about a month ago. In my prayers that night, I just asked God to take over… and he did.
This past weekend we moved into a beautiful home. It’s brand new and as close to perfection as anything I’ve seen. You know what the best part is? It’s on that corner lot that we set out to buy over a year ago. Unbelievable, right?? Yep, the guy who bought the lot originally built a house that he was never able to move into because his job transferred him before they finished it.
So we were able to get a great house, at an amazing price, in the perfect neighborhood. Yep, it sure is funny how things turn out when you turn them over to God. You should try it sometimes. ????