Crash Hot Sweet Potatoes

Have you made your menu for Thanksgiving yet?  If you haven’t, you will want to be sure to include these Crash Hot Sweet Potatoes.  Different than your normal, traditional brown sugar and marshmallow sweet potatoes, these have a beautifully blended sweet/spicy zing to them. Thanks to Donalyn Ketchum for the recipe which has been pinned more than 227 THOUSAND TIMES. These gotta be good!


Start by peeling 2 medium sweet potatoes and then slicing them about 1 1/2 inches thick.


Get your water to boiling and then add your sweet potatoes cooking for about 12 minutes.  The goal is to get them soft but not cooked through. Put them in a bowl and let them cool off for a tad.Then flatten each potato disk slightly. The recipe instructed to use a clear glass so that you can see your “smashing technique”.

After all of the disks have been flattened, brush some oil and butter on them. (2 tsp melted butter with 2 tsp olive oil)  Make sure to coat BOTH sides.

After basting, now come the spices!  Let’s get this party started!

1 & 1/2 tablespoons light brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon New Mexico chili powder
1/2 teaspoon smoked sweet paprika
1/4 teaspoon onion powder
1/4 teaspoon chipotle chili powder
1/8 teaspoon granulated garlic

Combine all your spices and then sprinkle them on your “smashed potatoes”. Once again, press your spices into BOTH SIDES  of your potato disk.

Preheat your oven to 375 degrees and roast the potatoes for 15 minutes.  Gently turn over and roast again for approximately another 10 minutes or until the sugar caramelizes and forms a nice crust.  This “crustiness” is one of  the things that sets this dish apart.

The sugar, the spices, the sugary crust makes these potatoes “To Die For!”


They just might become your new Thanksgiving Tradition.


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  1. These look so amazing. I can’t believe it’s been pinned so many times and I’ve never seen it! We love sweet potatoes and eat massive amounts of them. But unlike hubby, I get tired of the same old butter and brown sugar thing. So glad I found your recipe!

    • Elise! Thanks so much for your comment! In the original recipe, it said that they almost died right there at the dinner table because they were so good. I’ve now made this twice and can confirm that these are “to die for!” haha I hope this makes it to your Thanksgiving table!

  2. Sounds delicious and looks delicious too! I’ll have to try it.

    • Jeni, you are such a sweetheart! I’ve made this twice now and it is a keeper. Thanks so much for your comment. We need to meet one night for dinner. Are you free? Deb

  3. Oh maybe we should make these! Yum!!

  4. Ok, the family wouldn’t let me mess with the “traditional” sweet potatoe cassarole or Thanksgiving BUT I have these in the oven as I type because we are still here..My mother in law didn’t have many of the spices so I had to improvise but I hope they come out as great as everyone elses!! Otherwise, unstead of “to die for”, I might just have to die! :) Loving your blog BTW!

    • Tracey,

      I’ll keep my fingers crossed that your batch turns out close “to die for”. So glad to hear that you are enjoying our blog!

  5. Hi there. The current Food on Friday is all about potatoes! So it would be great if you linked this in. This is the link . Have a good week.

  6. thanks for linking this in to Food on Friday. We now have over 100 great potato/sweet potato links. Wow! Have a great week.
    I have just signed up to follow your blog by email. A follow back to Carole’s Chatter would be wonderful – or have you already followed? Cheers

    Ps If you would like email reminders of future Food on Fridays, just pop by and comment and include your email – I won’t publish it – and the reminder will be by bcc so it will remain private

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