Maple Cranberry Sweet Potatoes

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One thing I’ve learned about hosting Holiday meals is that people either love or hate sweet potatoes.

I fall into the love camp; however, I’m not fond of the traditional sweet potatoes layered with sugar and marshmallows.

Instead, I prefer to actually taste the sweet potato.  Soft and silky with a hint of Earthiness.

This recipe lets the sweet potato shine and is brightened up with fresh cranberries that adds a bit of tartness.

If you’ve never cooked with fresh cranberries before, don’t eat them raw.  Wowza!  They’ll make you jump back with bitterness.

Once the cranberries are cooked down, however; and allowed to simmer in pure maple syrup, they brighten up and compliment the sweet potatoes well.

These maple cranberry sweet potatoes make a beautifully sweet and Earthy side dish perfect for any Holiday meal.

Maple Cranberry Sweet Potatoes

Maple Cranberry Sweet Potatoes

These maple cranberry sweet potatoes make a beautifully sweet and Earthy side dish perfect for any Holiday meal.


  • 6 medium sized sweet potatoes
  • 1 1/2 cups organic cranberries
  • 1 cup pure maple syrup
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon (optional)


  1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add the sweet potatoes, reduce the heat to low, and simmer covered for 25-30 minutes or until the sweet potatoes are fork-tender. Remove the sweet potatoes from the water, set aside, and allow to cool.
  2. While the sweet potatoes are boiling, add the maple syrup to a saucepan. Bring to a boil, lower the heat and simmer for 10-15 minutes
  3. Add the butter, cranberries, optional cinnamon, 1/2 tsp salt and cook just until you hear the cranberries start to "pop."
  4. Once the sweet potatoes have cooled, slice about 1/2" thick and layer in a baking dish. Spoon the maple cranberry syrup over the sweet potatoes and bake at 375F for 25 minutes.
  5. To really jazz these up, you can even add walnuts!

Do you love or hate sweet potatoes?  Please share your favorite sweet potato recipes in the comments below.

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