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Sweet Potatoes in the Slow Cooker

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If you like creamy, sweet potatoes with a buttery-like texture, then cooking them in the slow cooker is for you!  Sometimes I feel like when I cook my sweet potatoes in the oven, they don’t quite get soft enough.  This method in the slow cooker is not only incredibly easy, but they turn out so good they literally almost melt in your mouth.  And the best part is you don’t need to add anything to them!

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We love sweet potatoes because they are very versatile and can be cooked in a variety of ways.  But we really love them because they are SO good for you! Some of the major health benefits:

  • VITAMIN A  262% of the Daily Value in ONE small sweet potato!
  • VITAMIN C  29% of the Daily Value in ONE small sweet potato!
  • Beta – carotene 23,018 mcg
  • Fiber Twice as much fiber as regular potatoes
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Rinse/scrub the outside of your sweet potatoes.  I like to scrub them good because we like to eat the skin.  Don’t dry them – put them right in your slow cooker.  This is the only liquid needed.  Just what is on them after rinsing!

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Set to low and cook for 6-7 hours depending on how big your sweet potatoes are.  I would recommend cooking 4 at a time.  You will know they are done because you will be able to stick a fork right through the potato.  They will produce a little bit of liquid during the cooking process.

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With basically no effort you will have perfectly cooked sweet potatoes!  I’m telling you – smooth, creamy, sweet, mmmmmmmm.  These are so good!

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We like to eat them just like they are, but we have a few other favorite sweet potato recipes that we love to make!  Cooking them in the slow cooker is great, because you can cook a lot, save them in your fridge and then use them for all of these other yummy recipes!

Sweet Potato Fruit and Veggie Pops

Sweet Potato Casserole with Pecan Crust 

Sweet Potato Treat- Super Healthy Kids

Homemade Baby Food

Scrumptious Sweet Potato Rolls

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6-Quart Stainless Steel, Programmable Slow Cooker



46 Comments

saima

hi. yes u need to add little water as steam in the cooker will cook them and keep them soft. hope it helps ;)

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Reatha

I can’t wait to try this. I’ve noticed that some sweet potatoes are sweeter than others…do you know whic variety is sweeter or how to choose the sweetest?

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Michelle

I love making a bit batch of sweet potatoes on Sunday and then having them for breakfast through the week but never thought to use the slow cooker (which is great since who wants to run the oven in this heat?). Quick question – do you need to poke holes in them first? Thanks!

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saima

Hi, i made them in my slow cooker and just had to wait for 2 minutes, no need to poke holes. just use any kind of slow cooker.these were amazing in taste too. i hope this helps.:)

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dingomcg

I <3 sweet potatoes! What a great way to make them – I’m going to do it right now. When I make them in the oven, I add olive oil and pepper, and a little salt so the skins are all crunchy and delicious. Can I do that in the slow cooker as well? Thanks so much!

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saima

hi. yes u can make them in cooker. i dont add anything but just water in cooker. they are extremely delicious cooked this way.:)

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saima

hi kim. yes i made boiled potatoes like this way. they were also a great way to save time boiling the potatoes. as in cooker, it took just 2 minutes.

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Kyra

It says in the recipe all you need is to rinse the potatoes, but do not dry them. That is all the moisture you need. Potatoes have a lot of water in them, so liquid eeks out and the potatoes will steam in it.

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Michelle

These are Sweet Potatoes in the picture!
Yams are a version of cooked sweet potatoes.
Hence the term “candied yams” they are basically one and the same.

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Robin

That is absolutely NOT true! Again Americans assuming what is ignorantly true in US applies to the global community. Ignorant US grocery folks may label, incorrectly, sweet potatoes as yams…doesn’t erase truth that in Africa and Polynesia they have yams. You can buy real yams in many int’l supermarkets in US.

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Ivy

Slow cooking in the crock pot will not produce a crunchy skin. This method steams the potatoes in their own juices.

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Tonya

Popular in the American South, these yellow or orange tubers are elongated with ends that taper to a point and are of two dominant types. The paler-skinned sweet potato has a thin, light yellow skin with pale yellow flesh which is not sweet and has a dry, crumbly texture similar to a white baking potato. The darker-skinned variety (which is most often called “yam” in error) has a thicker, dark orange to reddish skin with a vivid orange, sweet flesh and a moist texture.

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Tonya

The paler-skinned sweet potato has a thin, light yellow skin with pale yellow flesh which is not sweet and has a dry, crumbly texture similar to a white baking potato. The darker-skinned variety (which is most often called “yam” in error) has a thicker, dark orange to reddish skin with a vivid orange, sweet flesh and a moist texture.

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brian h

are you telling me that you want me to take 7 hours to cook a freaking sweet potato? if i cook for 7 hours, you bet your butt that i will produce more then a sweet potato in that kitchen. what a waste of time. so many better ways to cook them

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Susan

My crockpot has a High & Low setting. I can program it to cook for as long as as I want. Would it be 6 hours on High? Thank you!

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duggy

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Sounds good but have you ever peeled the sweet potatoes, cut in 2inch cubes … Put in large
Baking pan drizzle Olive oil over the potatoes?
Sprinkle Seasalt .. bake
in 410 degree oven for 25 min or till golden brown & soft to eat…delicious!

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Kerry

I don’t like sweet potatoes too much. But my Granny got me to eat then this one way. She would clean and rub them in oil and bake them until the outside skin is crispy and the flesh was mush! Then she would smother them with real butter, salt and pepper and serve them with pork chops! I loved the butter in the sweet flesh with the pork! And the crispy skin was good with a little extra butter! ;) I bet these would be good served the same way!

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Ashley

I don’t have a good scrubber for the potatoes, if I peeled them would it be OK in the slow cooker?

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Robin

Imho, you don’t need to ‘scrub’ with any utensil…just wash off making sure all the dirt is gone. As far as the skin…yes it would cook but dry out and prob not be very nice and the outside would also be ruined, hard. The skin is nature’s wrapping…it allows the moisture to stay inside and steam it rather than bake it. If you can’t bear the skin once cooled you can scoop the meat out. Another yummy thing…once meat sccoped out, cut in strips, then you can butter the skin, a lil salt and fry it in a pan for yummy and mineral& vitamin rich crunchy treat! (Don’t forget much of the vitamins and minerals are in the skins of our veggies

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The food products we get now is not good for health. But still we are forced to buy these things because of no other alternatives. The recipe you have shared here seems to be good. Anyways I’m going to try this. Thank you for sharing this wonderful recipe.

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Patti

Sweet potatoes are a staple at my house. This is an old post, but wanted to share. Not only do we love them, my dogs love them too. They are a great diet food. We have boiled , baked. microwaved, but never slow cooked. I will try this. My daughter puts brown sugar and butter on hers. I sometimes cut them in rounds and caramelize with brown sugar and butter on the stove top in an iron skillet. Super food!

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