Easy Thanksgiving Sweet Potatoes

This old fashioned candied sweet potato recipe is guaranteed to be a big hit at your Thanksgiving feast. This recipe is super easy and will elevate any meal and the roasted marshmallows and pecans make its extra special for thanksgiving.

Ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoons butter, plus more to grease the baking dish
  • 2 cups brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 2 1/2 pounds sweet potatoes
  • 1 lemon, sliced and seeds removed
  • 1/2 cup chopped unsalted pecans
  • 3 cups marshmallows, regular size or small depending on your preference.
Easy Thanksgiving Sweet Potatoes

Directions:

  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. In a large pot melt 2 tablespoons butter. Stir in brown sugar and water.
  3. Bring to a boil, then lower and simmer while stirring until reduced and thickened, about 10 minutes.
  4. Peel potatoes and cut into 1-inch wedges. Make sure to get the potatoes cut to similar sizes.
  5. Place in a separate large pot of boiling water and cook for about 5 minutes. Potatoes should give a bit when poked with a fork, but not be cooked completely through
  6. Drain the potatoes and arrange in a single layer in a buttered 13 by 9-inch baking dish.
  7. Pour the syrup over the potatoes and stir gently making sure to cover all the potatoes with some syrup
  8. Place lemon slices on top and bake for 35 minutes, spooning syrup over potatoes twice during that time.
  9. Potatoes are done when they are tender when pierced with a fork
  10. Remove from the oven, remove the lemon slices, and gently stir in the pecans.
  11. Arrange the marshmallows evenly on top.
  12. Place back the potatoes back in the oven turning it up to 400 degrees F and cooking until the marshmallows puff up and turn slightly brown approximately 10 more minutes.