Slow Cooker Sweet Potatoes and Apples is a delicious Holiday side dish. This is an easy recipe to make, and is lightly sweet. Crock pot sweet potatoes and apples is a favorite Thanksgiving side dish recipe.
Slow Cooker Sweet Potatoes and Apples
When it comes to a Holiday meal, especially Thanksgiving, the side dishes are what I look forward to the most! Using my slow cooker to make them frees up precious oven space and doubles as a warmer for the food.
Sweet Potatoes or Yams?
Chances are you have never even seen an actual yam before. They are mostly grown in Africa. What you see in the grocery stores and in the cans are sweet potatoes.
If you happen to come across an actual yam, don’t use it unless you are familiar with them! I hear they don’t really taste all that great.
You can use the orange fleshed sweet potatoes or the white. But the color of the orange ones is so much nicer for a Holiday side dish!
Which Apples Are the Best to Use?
Any apple you like the flavor of. I prefer a sweet apple as I like a sweeter outcome. Use what you have!
I often won’t peel my apples when I plan on cooking them down like this, but I do peel them for this Slow Cooker Sweet Potatoes and Apples recipe.
What size slow cooker is best to get?
I would suggest a 4 quart slow cooker to start with. If you have plans to cook larger amounts of food, or larger sized food, then start with a 6 quart.
I would strongly suggest having one large and one small slow cooker as most side dishes are not made in huge amounts and cooking them in a large slow cooker can dry them out and over cook them.
Slow cookers perform best when they are about 2/3 full. This crock pot sweet potatoes and apples recipe works best in a 4 qt size, unless you double it.
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Slow Cooker Sweet Potatoes and Apples is a delicious Holiday side dish. This is an easy recipe to make, and is lightly sweet.
- 2 lbs Sweet Potatoes (about 4-5 med.) peeled and cubed, divided
- 4 med Apples, peeled and sliced, divided
- 1 tsp Dried Rubbed Sage
- 1 tsp Cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp Salt
- 1/4 tsp Pepper
- 1/4 cup Real Maple Syrup
- 4 Tbsp Butter, melted
- 3 tsp Brown Sugar optional, for a sweeter result)
Spray the crock with cooking spray.
Add half of the cubed sweet potatoes and spread evenly.
Add half of the sliced apples and spread evenly.
Mix together the sage, cinnamon, salt, and pepper. Then sprinkle half of it over the apples.
Mix together the melted butter, maple syrup, and brown sugar. Pour half of it over the apples.
Layer the remaining half of the sweet potatoes, then the remaining apples.
Sprinkle with the remaining spice mixture, then the remaining butter mixture.
Cover and cook on Low for 5-7 hours, or until the sweet potatoes are soft.
Use a potato masher to mash the sweet potatoes and apples together.
Serve as a side dish with your favorite poultry dinner.
Best size slow cooker for this recipe is 3-4 qt.
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