I’m not originally from the South, but after nearly ten years, this West Coaster has acclimated pretty well. One of the first things I noticed when we moved down here is that holidays in the South mean lots and lots of cooking. I couldn’t believe how much work is invested in the huge and festive holiday meals. Don’t get me wrong – I absolutely love a Southern holiday feast. Time spent with family sharing a delicious meal is precious.
I brought some of my family traditions down south as well. My mom wanted holidays to be a time for everyone to enjoy time together, so her holiday meals were geared towards deliciousness that didn’t keep her in the kitchen all day. I created this version of sweet potatoes a few years ago and it was a huge hit with all of my family. Now it is an important part of our holiday celebrations.
Simple Crock Pot Sweet Potatoes
4 – 5 lbs sweet potatoes cut into 1 to 2 inch cubes
1 1/2 sticks of real butter
1 cup Steen’s cane syrup
1/4 cup of honey
1 to 2 tsps cinnamon
1 to 2 tsps vanilla extract
1/2 cup chopped pecans
Coat the inside of crockpot with butter. Cut the remaining butter into chunks and set aside. Toss in cubed sweet potatoes, and then add the rest of the butter, cane syrup, honey, cinnamon, and vanilla. Add chopped pecans when the potatoes are about half done.
Cook on low for 8 hours, or high for about 4 hours.