Alison Miksch
Active Time
30 Mins
Total Time
6 Hours
Makes 8 servings

Sweet potatoes are cooked low and slow with salty bacon and zesty orange juice in this slow-cooker side dish. We're making a traditional fall ingredient even easier to enjoy by throwing it in a slow cooker and forgetting about it for a few hours. The bacon perfectly balances the orange juice concentrate and orange zest. To make ahead: Pop this sweet potato mixture into your slow cooker on Thanksgiving morning. It will be ready to serve as soon as everyone sits down to dinner.

How to Make It

Step 1

Place sweet potatoes in a 5- to 6-qt. slow cooker. Stir together orange juice concentrate and next 4 igredients in a small bowl. Pour over sweet potatoes, tossing to coat.

Step 2

Cover and cook on LOW for 5 1/2 to 6 hours or until potatoes are tender.

Step 3

Transfer potatoes to a serving dish, using a slotted spoon. Increase slow cooker to HIGH. Whisk together cornstarch and 1 Tbsp. cold water until smooth. Whisk cornstarch mixture into cooking liquid in slow cooker. Cook, whisking constantly, 3 to 5 minutes or until sauce thickens. Spoon sauce over potatoes.

Step 4

Stir together parsley, orange zest, and garlic. Sprinkle potatoes with parsley mixture and crumbled bacon.

Step 5

Test Kitchen Note: This sweet-and-salty side could not be easier to prep on Thanksgiving morning. Best part? It's made in the slow cooker, so you're saving valuable stovetop space.