These crockpot sweet potatoes are cooked with a brown sugar and butter caramel-like glaze. The potatoes are sliced and cooked in the slow cooker with the lightly spiced sauce.
The cinnamon adds just the right amount of spice to the brown sugar sauce.
Cooking the sweet potatoes in the slow cooker leaves your oven free for the turkey or ham.
Lightly butter the inner sides and bottom of the slow cooker or crockpot; add sliced sweet potatoes and sprinkle with salt. Combine sugar, cornstarch, and cinnamon; sprinkle over the sweet potatoes.
Dot with butter; cover and cook on low for 7 to 9 hours.
Sweet Potatoes vs. Yams
While many call sweet potatoes "yams," they are actually two different vegetables. Yams are related to grasses, and they are native to Africa and Asia. Yams are seldom found in supermarkets, but you might find them in smaller ethnic markets. Sweet potatoes are members of the morning glory family. Sweet potatoes are grown in the United States, with North Carolina, California, and Mississippi among the top producers.
Some common varieties include the red-skinned "Beauregard," "Covington," and "garnet" varieties and the copper-colored "jewel." Lighter colored sweet potatoes tend to contain less moisture. They're excellent for mashing.