What foodie doesn’t love Thanksgiving? It’s a holiday dedicated to feasting on the heartiest harvest foods to be found! For anyone with gluten-sensitivities, though, it can be tough to find traditional Thanksgiving dishes that are “safe” to eat. That’s why we’re excited to share this delicious and naturally gluten-free recipe for a satisfying side dish: Slow Cooker Sweet Potatoes and Apples! While the turkey roasts in the oven, toss these simple ingredients into your slow cooker and let them simmer all morning until the feast begins!
This is essentially a New England version of candied sweet potatoes, with applesauce and maple syrup providing moisture while cinnamon adds a bit of aroma and spice. It pairs perfectly with your roasted Thanksgiving turkey, and you won’t even notice it’s gluten-free—at least, not until the gluten-free guests at your Thanksgiving table thank you profusely for providing such a tasty dish!
Makes 6 to 8 servings
3 large sweet potatoes or yams (about 3 pounds), peeled and thinly sliced
2 Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored, and thinly sliced
1 cup chunky applesauce
1⁄2 cup pure maple syrup
6 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
3⁄4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
Pinch of salt
Vegetable oil spray
1. Grease the inside of the slow cooker liberally with vegetable oil spray.
2. Arrange half of sweet potatoes and apples in the slow cooker. Combine applesauce, maple syrup, melted butter, cinnamon, and salt in a mixing bowl. Pour half of mixture over sweet potatoes and apples, and repeat with remaining sweet potatoes, apples, and applesauce mixture.
3. Cook on Low for 6 to 8 hours or on High for 3 to 4 hours, or until sweet potatoes are tender.
Note: The dish can be prepared up to 2 days in advance and refrigerated, tightly covered. Reheat it, covered, in a 350ºF oven for 20 to 25 minutes, or until hot.
From Gluten-Free Slow Cooking
Variation: Substitute hoisin sauce for the maple syrup and Chinese five-spice powder for the cinnamon.
Although sweet potatoes and yams are used interchangeably in recipes, they are different tubers. Yams are native to Africa and have a flesh that is lighter in color but sweeter than sweet potatoes. Yams also have a higher moisture content, so cut back slightly on liquids if you are using an authentic yam in a dish.
Cider Mill Press loves slow cookers (especially during our cold Maine winters!), so we've developed a cookbook for every lifestyle! Our eight cookbooks feature everything from Gluten-Free to Paleo to Low-Acid and Low-Carb meals for the slow cooker, with recipes for breakfast, lunch, dinner, desserts, and side dishes.