Prep 40 mins
Cook 1 hr
This is the recipe my gramma used to make, passed down to my mom and all of my 7 siblings. It takes times so grab yourself a cocktail and relax. It's worth the wait! One potato generally is enough for 1-2 people. Select sweet potatoes that are uniform in diameter. I do not like to use really chubby ones. I prefer to use an electric frying pan because it has the most even cooking temperature.
- 3 -4 sweet potatoes, medium with peels on, cut off ends if desired
- 1⁄2 cup butter
- 1 1⁄2-2 cups light brown sugar
- Submerge potatoes in water. Bring to a boil & simmer until they are a cooked a little more than half way through. Check with a tooth pick.
- *** It is important to NOT overcook because they will continue to cook when simmering in the brown sugar glaze.
- When done boiling, pour off all the hot water and run cold water over them until they are cooled off. Do this as quickly as possible, running and changing the water until the potatoes are completely cold. This may take a few minutes. Drain. They can now rest for hours if need be.
- In an electric skillet, slowly melt butter until completely melted.
- Add enough light brown sugar to absorb all the butter.
- (I am not 100% of the amount listed above). Continue to use a low/medium heat until all the brown sugar melts and is no longer grainy. This can take up to an hour. You can let it bubble a bit around the edges but not too hard. Continually stirring w/ a spatula.
- In the mean time: peel your potatoes. I do this GENTLY with a paring knife.
- Slice thickly at least 3/4". If you cut them too thin, they will fall apart while cooking. Set aside in single layers.
- Once the sugar is ready & gooey, no longer grainy, place the slices, one by one, side by side, in the skillet. DO NOT move them around until ready to flip.
- When the edges of the slices are gathering a candy coating and darkening, flip them. The 2nd side will not take as long to cook.
- Gently lift out and place in a single layer on a warmed serving platter. I use a pie server to serve.
These are the sweet potatoes of my childhood, and they are totally awesome!! Am so thrilled to finally have this delicious recipe for old fashioned candied sweet-potatoes, just like my Aunt Florence made many years ago! She used a large cast iron skillet to cook them in. Thank you for sharing with us, Chicagoland Chef du Jour!