Candied Sweet Potato Recipe

This candied sweet potato recipe makes a delectable vegetable side dish to serve with a special holiday meal.

The brown sugar-garlic-cider vinegar sauce is SO good!

candied sweet potato recipe

Using one yellow and one orange sweet potato makes this a beautiful and colorful dish.

This recipe can easily be doubled.

Check that you have these staples at home

  • in the cupboard

    • brown sugar
    • cider vinegar
    • salt
    • pepper
    • garlic

  • in the fridge or freezer

    • butter
    • onion

Buy these fresh ingredients

  • apples
  • sweet potatoes

Get out your equipment

  • Essential

    • a large bowl
    • measuring spoons and cups
    • a cutting board and sharp knife
    • a casserole dish
    • aluminum foil

  • Nice to have but not necessary

    • an apple corer (if not, just cut the apple up with a knife)
    • a garlic press (if not, just mince the garlic)

    Candied Sweet Potato Recipe

    6 Tbsp/90 mL melted butter

    1/4 cup/60 mL brown sugar

    1 Tbsp/15 mL cider vinegar

    1/2 tsp/2 mL salt

    1/4 tsp/1 mL pepper

    1 clove garlic, pressed

    2 Granny Smith apples, cored and cut into chunks

    1 yellow sweet potato, peeled and cut into chunks

    1 orange sweet potato, peeled and cut into chunks

    1 medium-sized onion, peeled and cut into chunks

    Preheat oven to 425F/220C.

    In a large bowl, mix the butter, brown sugar, cider vinegar, salt, pepper and garlic.

    Add the apples, sweet potatoes, and onion to the bowl.

    Toss everything together well and transfer to a casserole dish.
    Cover with foil.
    Bake for 30 minutes.

    Remove the foil and bake until all of the vegetable are tender (approximately 30 minutes more).


    • Use another vinegar in place of cider vinegar.

    • Use any tart crisp apples in place of the Granny Smith apples.

    • Use two orange sweet potatoes, or two yellow, rather than one of each.

    Ideas for making this recipe your own

    • Try using another sweetener, like honey or maple syrup, instead of the brown sugar. (I haven't tried this yet myself, because the recipe is SO good as it is!)

    • Think about adding another vegetable or fruit to the mix. Hmmm…. what could you try?


    • Melt the butter in a pan on the stovetop, in an ovenproof bowl in the oven, or in the microwave. (Use oven mitts! The bowl will be hot!)

    • When the fruit and vegetables meet the warm butter sauce, the sauce may turn gloppy. That's OK! It will liquify again when it warms up in the oven.

    • To cook this as part of a holiday dinner, when the oven is full of a turkey or other special dishes, follow these steps:
      • Parboil the sweet potatoes (that just means boil them for about 3 minutes) before tossing them with the sauce.
      • Continue with the recipe as usual.
      • Put the pan, uncovered, into the oven with the turkey, one hour before the turkey will be ready.
      • If your oven isn't that big, you can wait until the turkey comes out of the oven, turn up the oven temperature to 425F/220C and cook the parboiled sweet potato dish for just 30 minutes. By the time you've carved the turkey and made the gravy, your sweet potato dish will be ready.

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