I’m not normally a big fan of sweet potatoes and cranberries, but my husband continues to insist that they are included in our Thanksgiving meal. So after a long search for the best sweet potato recipes for Thanksgiving dinner, I was thrilled when I came across this one!
Combining cranberries and sweet potatoes may not be the usual side dish, but it’s perfect for your table. Not only is it as simple as it gets to make, but it’s also perfectly savory and sweet. Although, if you’re like my husband and want it sweeter, you may want to sprinkle some additional brown sugar on it before eating.
How to make this sweet potatoes and cranberries recipe
Place all of the ingredients inside a crockpot, stir and cook for 4-6 hours. It’s seriously that easy!
A great tip for easy clean up is to make sure that you use a crockpot liner. They’re cheap and work exceptionally well.
An easy prep, cook and clean-up dish on a holiday (that’s practically unheard of!)
Can you cut sweet potatoes ahead of time?
Holidays are usually stressful and filled with prioritizing and organizing the time spent in the kitchen to make all of the meals side dishes. The more you can do in the days leading up to the dinner, the better. The good news is that unlike russet potatoes, sweet potatoes can be cut in advance and not turn brown or lose texture.
You can cut your sweet potatoes the morning of and set them aside, or even cut the night before and keep them in a bowl in the fridge. If you want to cut them a few days in advance, it’s best to keep them submerged in a bowl of water in your fridge.
Can you prep these sweet potatoes and cranberries in advance?
You can! Combine all of the ingredients in a large Ziploc bag (or 2) and then keep them in the fridge up to 24 hours in advance. This allows you a simpler process as all you will need to do is dump the bag’s contents in the crockpot a few hours before mealtime!
Ingredients needed for these sweet potatoes and cranberries
-6 medium sweet potatoes, peeled and sliced
-2 cups cranberries
-1/2 cup butter, melted
-3/4 cup brown sugar
-1/2 tsp salt
How to make slow cooker sweet potatoes and cranberries
Place all of your sliced and peeled sweet potatoes in your crockpot.
Dump cranberries over the top.
Stir the brown sugar and salt into your melted butter, and then pour over the top of the cranberries and sweet potatoes.
Cook on low for 4-6 hours and then serve.
You may choose to add additional brown sugar over the top if you want it even sweeter.
- 6 medium sweet potatoes peeled and sliced
- 2 cups cranberries
- 1/2 cup butter melted
- 3/4 cup brown sugar
- 1/2 tsp salt
- Place all of the sliced sweet potatoes in the crockpot and then dump the cranberries on top.
- Stir the brown sugar and salt into the melted butter and then pour the mixture all over the cranberries and sweet potatoes.
- Cook on low for 4-6 hours and then serve. It really is that easy! Enjoy! (My husband thought that the potatoes weren’t quite sweet enough so he sprinkled a little bit of brown sugar on the top right before eating and declared it perfect.)
Can I make variations to this recipe?
The recipe itself is already pretty great, but adding in some chopped green apples, maple syrup or chopped nuts like pecans or walnuts can help elevate it to another level of awesome. Try a few different ways and share your favorite in the comments below!
What is the difference between yams and sweet potatoes?
While often used interchangeably the two are pretty different. The appearances, textures, and flavors are all different. The skin on a yam looks like a tree bark whereas a sweet potato is a reddish-brown. Sweet potatoes can often come in different colors too ranging from white to orange or purple.
Potatoes make fantastic Side Dishes! Here is more for you to check out:
- How to Bake Sweet Potatoes
- Mashed Sweet Potatoes with Cinnamon Maple Butter Sauce
- Loaded Baked Potato Rounds
- Alfredo Twice Baked Potatoes
- Loaded Sweet Potato Fries
- Roasted Ranch Potatoes & Carrots
- Baked Potatoes with Broccoli & The BEST Cheese Sauce Ever