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Citrus Sweet Potatoes

A mild orange glaze lets the taste of sweet potatoes shine through in this nut-topped side dish. When I was dating my husband, my mother would make this whenever he'd come over for Sunday dinner. We've been married more than 40 years, and he thinks I can make it almost as well as Mom did. —Pauline Kelley, St. Peters, Missouri
  • Total Time
    Prep: 1 hour Bake: 30 min.
  • Makes
    12 servings


  • 6 medium sweet potatoes, peeled
  • 1/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1 cup orange juice concentrate
  • 2 teaspoons grated lemon zest
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans, optional


  • Place sweet potatoes in a large saucepan and cover with water. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 40-45 minutes or until tender. Drain and cool. Cut into 1/2-in. slices. Place in a greased 13x9-in. baking dish.
  • In a small saucepan, combine brown sugar and cornstarch. Whisk in orange juice concentrate and lemon zest. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 1-2 minutes or until thickened. Pour over sweet potatoes. Sprinkle with pecans if desired.
  • Bake, uncovered, at 325° for 30-35 minutes or until sweet potatoes are heated through and sauce is bubbly.
Nutrition Facts
3/4 cup: 93 calories, 0 fat (0 saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 8mg sodium, 23g carbohydrate (13g sugars, 2g fiber), 1g protein.

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  • Katy's mom
    Nov 21, 2020

    We aren't vegans so I would probably add a little butter. This sounds SO much better than the sweet potato recipes that are overloaded with sugar and miniature marshmallows.

  • lpugh9
    Oct 12, 2017

    I liked the citrus taste with the sweet potatoes. They did not have any butter which made them more healthy. Will make again.

  • jmkasprak
    Jan 10, 2015

    This was a different way to prepare sweet potatoes.

  • Ceege
    Aug 20, 2012

    Can this be prepared ahead and frozen. Then baked day of serving? Thanks

  • bubba78236
    Nov 23, 2010

    My family loves this recipe. Even the ones that don't care for sweet potatoes!!