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Tis the Season for Southern Fixin’s

 Cool weather is here. The leaves are changing, Halloween is over and the Holiday season is about to begin. Autumn has officially arrived.  These cool months are the perfect time to make use of seasonal favorites like apples, pears, winter squash, and of course, sweetpotatoes!  These are also the perfect ingredients to allow the slow cooker to work its magic. So dust off your crock pot and get started. This collection of savory fall sweetpotato recipes will help you utilize your slow cooker to its maximum potential while requiring only minimal effort from you.  Before you know it, you will planning meals for Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years Day, so why not ease into the season with these simple, yet delicious homestyle favorites.

Pork and sweetpotatoes always go well together, so my first offering features the two ingredients. I add a touch of cayenne to make sure this meal warms you all the way to your toes.  Sweetpotatoes and apples make an awesome side, but with their sweet cinnamon glaze they could almost be a dessert. 

Whichever recipe you try first, make sure to cook up some corn pone to go with your crock pot goodness.  Yellow corn, not white. This meal is in living color. While you are at it serve up some greens – toss in a cup of country ham to give ’em that down home flavor. Sit back relax and enjoy. It may be cold outside, but it’s comfy cozy inside and supper is ready!

Crockpot Pork and Sweetpotatoes Recipe

This Crockpot Pork and Sweetpotatoes recipe makes 8 servings.

What You Need
• 4 sweetpotatoes, peeled, sliced
• 2 pound pork roast
• 1/2 cup brown sugar
• 1/4 teaspoon cayenne
• 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
• 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
• 1/2 teaspoon onion powder

What To Do
1. Place sweetpotatoes in bottom of crockpot, then pork on top.
2. Combine remaining ingredients and sprinkle over top.
3. Cover; cook on low 8-10 hours.
4. Remove pork and slice. Spoon juices over pork and potatoes.

Sweetpotatoes with Apples Recipe

This Sweetpotatoes with Apples recipe makes 4-6 servings.

What You Need
• 5 medium sweetpotatoes
• 3 apples, peeled, cored, cut into wedges
• 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
• 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
• 1/4 cup maple-flavored syrup
• 2 tablespoons butter, melted
• 1/4 cup pecan pieces

What To Do
1. Generously grease the bottom and sides of crockpot with butter or margarine.
2. Peel sweetpotatoes and slice a half-inch thick. Place slices on bottom of crockpot.
3. Top with apple wedges; then nutmeg and cinnamon, maple syrup, and the melted butter.
4. Cover and cook on low about 4 hours or until potatoes are tender.
5. Sprinkle with pecans the last 30 minutes.