Slow-cooker candied yams

SmartPoints® value per serving
Total Time
3 hr 10 min
10 min
3 hr
Free up time during the holidays by making this traditional crowd-pleasing side dish in your slow cooker. A mere 10 minutes of prep time and eight simple ingredients yield a fabulous sweet potato dish fit for your Thanksgiving table or any other gathering. The sweet delicious flavor of this holiday standard is sure to get rave reviews from all of your guests. Perfect to pair with roast turkey, pork tenderloin or roasted beef, this is one dish that won't have you tied to the stove. Butter, vanilla and brown sugar make a beautiful glaze to the sweet potatoes and create an aroma fit for a candle. Leftovers will surely be gobbled up quickly and can freeze quite well for up to 3 months.


Cooking spray

1 spray(s)

Canned unsweetened pineapple juice

½ cup(s)

Unpacked light brown sugar

6 Tbsp

Vanilla extract

1 tsp

Ground cinnamon

½ tsp

Table salt

¼ tsp

Raw sweet potato(es)

4 pound(s), peeled and sliced into 1/2-inch thick rounds

Unsalted butter

2 Tbsp, cut into small bits


  1. Lightly coat the inside of the canister of a 5- to 6-quart slow cooker with cooking spray. In a medium bowl, whisk juice, brown sugar, vanilla, cinnamon and salt until the brown sugar dissolves.
  2. Layer the sweet potatoes slices in the cooker, making two or three overlapping layers of horizontal slices. Pour the juice mixture over and around the sweet potatoes.
  3. Dot the top with butter. Cover and cook on low for 6 hours or until the sweet potatoes are tender. The dish can stay on the keep-warm setting, covered, for up to 3 hours. Serving size: 2/3 cup (including sauce).