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Brown Sugar Sweet Potatoes with Apples

This foolproof winner is easy to prepare and makes a beautiful alternative to traditional sweet potatoes. To save time, make it ahead, allow it to cool and refrigerate it up to two days. Put the mashed potatoes back in the slow cooker set to low for about two hours before serving. Add a bit of apple cider or water if needed. —Judy Batson, Tampa, Florida
  • Total Time
    Prep: 25 min. Cook: 5 hours
  • Makes
    12 servings


  • 5 pounds sweet potatoes (about 10 medium)
  • 3 medium Granny Smith apples, peeled and cut into 1-inch slices
  • 3/4 cup butter, cubed
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice


  • Peel and cut potatoes lengthwise in half; cut crosswise into 1/2-in. slices. Place potatoes and apples in a 6-qt. slow cooker. In a small saucepan, mix butter, brown sugar and pie spice. Bring to a boil over medium heat; cook until blended, 1-2 minutes. Pour over potato mixture. Cook, covered, on low until potatoes are tender, 5-6 hours.
  • With a slotted spoon, remove potatoes and apples to a bowl, reserving cooking liquid. Mash potato mixture, gradually adding enough reserved cooking liquid, if necessary, to reach desired consistency.
Nutrition Facts
2/3 cup: 383 calories, 12g fat (7g saturated fat), 31mg cholesterol, 116mg sodium, 68g carbohydrate (40g sugars, 6g fiber), 3g protein.

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