February in North Carolina is sweet potato month. What’s not to love about these nutritionally-dense and versatile potatoes? We’ve pulled out the 1989 Goodness Grows cookbook and found a recipe for a sweet side dish provided by Wingfield Farm in Tyner.
North Carolina ranks No. 1 in sweet potatoes, growing more than any other state. In fact, in 2014 North Carolina produced nearly 1.6 billion pounds of sweet potatoes.
And best of all, not only is this dish packed with nutrients, it comes in at under 300 calories a serving.
Candied Sweet Potatoes
- 1 cup sugar
- 1/4 cup orange juice
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
- 3 pounds sweet potatoes
- 1 teaspoon lemon juice
- 1/2 cup margarine
Combine sugar, orange juice, cinnamon and nutmeg in a bowl; mix well. Peel sweet potatoes. Cut into halves lenthwise and then into 1/2-inch slices. Arrange 1 layer sweet potatoes in 10×15-inch baking dish. Sprinkle with a small amount of sugar mixture and lemon juice. Dot with margarine. Repeat layers until all ingredients are used. Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour and 15 minutes, basting occasionally with pan juices.