Prep 20 mins
Cook 1 hr 30 mins
This recipe was our family's favorite twist on the traditional holiday dish. My grandmother served at Thanksgiving and Christmas, and now I make it for my own family. We prefer it without marshmallows, but you may use them if you wish. This recipe is so easy that you don't really have to do any work besides peeling and chopping the yams. I've tried other recipes for sweet potatoes, but none of them come close to being as delicious as this one!
- 3 1⁄2 lbs sweet potatoes, peeled and cut up
- 3 tablespoons butter or 3 tablespoons margarine
- 1 1⁄4 cups red-hot candies
- 1⁄2 cup packed brown sugar
- 1 1⁄4 cups water
- 1 (10 ounce) package marshmallows (optional)
- Peel and chop the sweet potatoes into 2 1/2-inch pieces (no need for perfect dice).
- Do NOT boil the sweet potatoes or they will not have a good texture.
- Heat the oven to 375°F.
- Place the sweet potatoes into a large buttered casserole dish or glass baking dish.
- Place pats of butter or margarine on top of the sweet potatoes.
- Pour the candies in around the sweet potatoes, then sprinkle with the brown sugar.
- Add water over the top.
- Bake for about 1 hour 20 minutes, or until sweet potatoes are just tender, stirring halfway through.
- The candies should be melted and the yams will be a deep red-orange color.
- Top the yams with marshmallows if desired, and bake for another 10 minutes.
- Place a cookie sheet on the rack below the yams to cactch any drips from the melting marshmallows.
Due to lack of space in the oven, I had to improvise and used a crock-pot instead! Once the turkey was out of the oven, I move the sweet potatoes to another dish, leaving out some of the juices, sprinkled with a bit more brown sugar, covered with marshmallows and threw it in the oven for a couple of minutes. They turned out great! My family loved this new version of the classic dish and I enjoyed the fact that they didn't come out of a can! Delicious!
Most of the Thanksgiving crowd loved this version of sweet potato casserole. I chose it because most TG food is somewhat bland in color and this was an absolutely gorgeous, brilliant red/orange - perfect! I doubled the recipe, but next time would not completely double the water as the sauce was a little too liquid for me. Marshmallows on only half of the large casserole made everybody happy. My 79-year old mother proclaimed them to be the best sweet potatoes she ever had, hence the 5 star rating. Thanks for such a different and interesting dish!
This was outstanding! We also didn't use the marshmallows. Very easy to put together and just beautiful color when finished. Thank you for posting. Looking forward to making again for Christmas dinner!