Make Your Professor’s Candied Sweet Potatoes and Make Your Friends Jealous For The Holidays

You can actually make these.

You can actually make these.


4 to 5 servings

  • 2 pounds yam-type sweet potatoes
  • 2/3 cup brown sugar
  • 5 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons orange juice
  • 4 teaspoons strained fresh lemon juice
  • ¼ teaspoon nutmeg (preferably freshly grated)
  • ¼ teaspoon salt

Peel sweet potatoes deeply, exposing the dark orange flesh of the interior, into halves or thirds.

Place in a pot, cover with water, and boil slowly for 25 minutes, or until tender when pierced with a fork but still firm hold their shape. Drain in a colander.

Combine all remaining ingredients in a 10-inch skillet made of or lined with a noncorroding material.

Bring to a simmer and cook for 1 minute, stirring constantly. Add cooked sweet potatoes and gently turn in the glaze mixture to coat on all sides.

Reduce heat to very low, cover skillet, and simmer for about 30 minutes, turning sweet potatoes every 6 to 7 minutes. They are done when most of the sugar glaze has been absorbed.

AHEAD OF TIME: Sweet potatoes may be prepared several days ahead and stored in a covered container in the refrigerator. To reheat, place in a skillet with several tablespoons of water and warm over very gentle flame, turning frequently.

4 Responses to Make Your Professor’s Candied Sweet Potatoes and Make Your Friends Jealous For The Holidays

  1. Eric December 24, 2014 at 3:31 am #

    Thank you very much for sharing this with us. I would love to know what other recipes you enjoy for the holidays. Do you usually have Christmas Eve dinner or Christmas Day dinner? Thanks again for everything you do it really helps those of us who are alone on the holidays to remember that whether we are by ourselves or with friends or family and we should always celebrate. Ever since your Christmas Story I make sure to make a Christmas meal even if it is just for one, because as you’ve taught us as long as we love ourselves we are truly never alone. Thank you again for everything.

    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year, and here’s to The New Normal.

    Your Son

    • Tom Leykis December 24, 2014 at 12:50 pm #

      You’re more than welcome, Eric. My dinner is on Christmas Day. This year, I’m making a smaller turkey with some stuffing and mashed potatoes. I’m into the lights, the tree, and the most old-school music. And great wine. I always have a great Christmas, because no matter who is around, I’m always with the one I love most: MYSELF!

      • Donovan December 24, 2014 at 2:43 pm #

        Looks good Tom! Gonna try this. Merry Christmas and I’m ready for High for the Holidays!

  2. Chris December 26, 2016 at 11:45 am #

    Thanks so much for sharing this Tom!

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