Holiday Spiced Sweet Potatoes

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Holiday Spiced Sweet Potatoes

Spiced Sweet Potatoes are a seasonal favorite here. Rich with cream and warm spices, it’s a perfect winter holiday dish. And with its ease of preparation, its a great dish to assign to a guest who generously offers, “Can I help you in the kitchen?”

This year my thanks go to Wendy for her flawless execution of the sweet potato recipe. Merci Wendy!

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Holiday Spiced Sweet Potato Recipe

  • approx. 3 large sweet potatoes, peeled, thinly sliced
  • brown sugar
  • kosher salt
  • fresh ground black pepper
  • fresh grated nutmeg
  • pumpkin pie spice (cinnamon, ginger, lemon peel, nutmeg, clove, cardamom)
  • whipping cream

Butter a baking dish. Form a layer of overlapping sweet potato medallions. Sprinkle the top of the layer with brown sugar, salt, pepper, nutmeg, pumpkin pie spice. Repeat layers to fill the dish, leaving an inch at the top so it doesn’t bubble over while cooking.

Pour cream over the sweet potatoes until the bottom half of the potatoes in the dish are submerged in cream, take care not to add more cream than half-way up the potatoes. Bake covered at 350° until the potatoes are tender, about 1 1/2 hours. Uncover and continue cooking slightly longer, about 10 minutes, so the top is lightly browned. Serve with salt & fresh ground pepper.

This dish can be made a day ahead. Let cool to room temperature, cover, and refrigerate. Reheat in a 350° oven until the dish is hot, but take care not to over cook.

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30 thoughts on “Holiday Spiced Sweet Potatoes”

  1. This took me right back to eating dinner at my first boyfriend’s home {a long, LONG time ago} when creamy potatoes were always served as a side dish ~ I’ll definitely be taking your recipe for a spin one of these days. Merry Christmas to you, dear Lori Lynn ~ wishing you a peaceful and relaxed time with your loved ones, and a New Year filled with all things bright and beautiful.

  2. Yumm. Sweet potatoes with cream! Love it. I hope you are well and blessed this holiday season. BTW , we are moving up to Lincoln Park and will be closer when you visit next . Must have and Marie over for dinner at the new place.

  3. It is with such joy that my eyes feast upon your welcoming tables of cheer and food. The recipe is a keeper and will be doing it. But the welcoming photos – pure amazing-gifts from Lori Lynn – that you so kindly share. Wishing you cheer and warmth and and all good things in 2012.

  4. It’s a funny thing, but in our house it always seems that at the holidays there are fewer people than usual asking if they can help in the kitchen. Most are already supine on the couch and unwilling, especially after a couple of sherries and some crab dip, to move unless it’s to slump at the table and continue troughing. That said, your recipe looks so straightforward that even the most hassled holiday cook could manage to pull it together without too much additional stress. Lovely holiday table accoutrements, Lori! All the very best from Amy and I to you and your family for 2012!

  5. Aw, as kitschy as those ornaments at the bottom are, I really want them! 😉

    Merry (belated) Christmas to you, too! Your arrangement is as tasteful and atmospheric as usual. Plus, I am loving the spices in your recipe – I have never had sweet potatoes that way!


  6. I make these every year in November and December, and they are always a hit. I keep coming back here for this recipe. Love and thanks!

    1. Hi Simon – Everyone loves the Holiday Spiced Sweet Potatoes! Thank you so much for taking the time to let me know that the recipe is a hit with your family too. So happy to hear that… Wishing you very Happy Holidays and Cheers to a Delicious 2021!

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