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Candied Sweet Potatoes with Pecans

This nice old-fashioned side dish is perfect for the holidays and easily down-sized for two, it's a dish that can be made often to complement any meal. The touch of pineapple juice adds a nice flavor.
  • Total Time
    Prep: 40 min. Bake: 15 min.
  • Makes
    2 servings


  • 1 large sweet potato
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons chopped pecans
  • 1 tablespoon unsweetened pineapple or orange juice
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon butter


  • Place sweet potato in a small saucepan; cover with water. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 30-40 minutes or just until tender. Drain.
  • When cool enough to handle, peel and cut into 1/4-in. slices. Place in a greased shallow 2-cup baking dish.
  • In a small bowl, combine the brown sugar, pecans, pineapple juice, lemon juice and cinnamon; sprinkle over sweet potato slices. Dot with butter.
  • Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 15 minutes or until bubbly and heated through.

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  • pamstarkey
    Nov 28, 2013

    I doubled this recipe. First off I used juice from a large fresh orange, omitted the lemon juice. I grated in some orange rind, used the cinnamon, and mixed in 1 1/2 t. corn starch. I then added the butter and a pinch of salt, cooked in the micro-wave until the butter was melted. I prepared this the night before, as I was making it for Thanksgiving and wanted all my sides completed. The next day I baked it in the oven, uncovered for 15 mins. My family and I like marshmallows, so I then topped it with mini marshmallows, put it back in the oven until the marshmallows were golden brown. This was delish. Would have been better with the pecans, however, I was out. Next time a definite addition