|Sweet potatoes cooked in the slow cooker, then browned with marshmallows. (Photo from A Year of Slow Cooking.)|
Sweet potatoes are one of those traditional Thanksgiving foods many people love and other people love to hate. I was never a fan of the traditional brown-sugar-and-marshmallow sweet potatoes that so many Americans call yams, but later in life I've developed a real fondness for savory sweet potato dishes. No matter how you season them, using the slow cooker to cook your Thanksgiving sweet potatoes frees up the oven or stovetop for other things.
In the classic Slow Cooker Candied Sweet Potatoes shown at the top of the post, Stephanie from A Year of Slow Cooking learned that what works best is to cook the sweet potatoes in the slow cooker, then put them in an oven-proof dish, layer on the marshmallows, and brown them right before you're ready to eat.
There are a couple of serving suggestions for Easy Crockpot Stuffed Sweet Potatoes from Jeanette's Healthy Living, and I think the version with maple syrup and Greek yogurt sounds like a Thanksgiving winner.
These Slow Cooker Sweet Potatoes with Cranberry and Orange from A Veggie Venture are another sweet potato recipe that sounds perfect for Thanksgiving.
The ingredients for this Slow Cooker Sweet Potato Mash from Skinny Ms. sound fairly traditional, but they're lightened up for a skinny version and using the slow cooker makes it easy.
Nothing could be easier than these Slow Cooker Sweet Potatoes from 365 Days of Slow Cooking that are simply sliced, tossed with oil, and seasoned with salt, pepper, and brown sugar. Karen uses a small slow cooker because she's the only sweet potato fan in the family, but you could increase the recipe as needed.
Slow Cooker Spicy Sweet Potatoes from Kalyn's Kitchen are my own slow cooker sweet potato experiment, and this has been a hit whenever I've served it.
And finally, if you already have a favorite sweet potato recipe that starts with baking the sweet potatoes, you might want to check out these instructions for How to Cook Sweet Potatoes in the Slow Cooker from A Veggie Venture.
More Thanksgiving Ideas for the Slow Cooker:
Cranberry Sauce Classic Collection
Turkey Breast with South Beach Diet Friendly Gravy from Kalyn's Kitchen
Baked Potatoes in the Crock Pot from Skinnytaste
Rosemary Garlic Mashed Potatoes from Coconut and Lime
Slow Cooker Roasted Root Vegetables from A Year of Slow Cooking
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