Crockpot Caramel Glazed Sweet Potatoes

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  • Total: 8 hrs 15 mins
  • Prep: 15 mins
  • Cook: 8 hrs
  • Servings: 4 to 6 servings

When it comes to meal prep, especially around the holidays, freeing up stovetop or oven space can seriously help matters. These crockpot sweet potatoes are sliced and cooked with brown sugar and cinnamon (of course) and develop a caramel-like glaze. The cinnamon adds just the right amount of spice to the brown sugar sauce.

While these cook away all day, your oven is free for whatever else you need to use it for, such as the turkey or ham.

Ingredients

  • 4 to 6 medium sweet potatoes (peeled and sliced, about 2 1/2 to 3 pounds)
  • 1 cup brown sugar (packed)
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons butter (or margarine)

Steps to Make It

  1. Lightly butter the inner sides and bottom of the slow cooker. Add sliced sweet potatoes and sprinkle with salt. Combine sugar, cornstarch, and cinnamon; sprinkle over the sweet potatoes.

  2. Dot with butter. Cover and cook on low for 7 to 9 hours.


What Is The Difference Between Sweet Potatoes and 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 specialty markets or international grocers.


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.