For us, we also found that this recipe needs a little something.
It's similar to another one I've made for years in which the 'wow' ingredient is not garlic, which we omitted here - it's fresh, chopped ginger. Adding one T fresh ginger marries well with orange.
Also, a nice substitute for the intensity of the orange concentrate is by using orange marmalade instead.
We did enjoy the fresh bacon crumbled on top. Yummy.
Have made this 3 times already. It is now our new official Thanksgiving potatoe dish. Not too sweet. We tend to double the rosemary and the cilantro (instead of parsely). Very forgiving if you are new to getting everything done at the same time for Thanksgiving dinner. Potatoes simply become softer but don't dry out or cool off if the'yre done ahead of your Turkey. Also, we were able to speed up the cooking time by heating the crockpot cassarole insert in the microwave for 5 minutes to get everything warmed before popping into the crockpot base.
We've made it into a onedish dinner by adding chunks of ham.
I loved this dish and so did my family. I doubled the rosemary and put the garlic in the sauce to cook with the potatoes. I will make this again and again, it was so good!
I found the sweet potatoes cooked on low within 4 hours. The juice in the bottom wasn't very interesting to my taste so I added a little bourbon. I cooked the garlic before garnishing the dish as I was making it for a crowd who wouldn't have appreciated raw garlic sprinkled on top, even if there was BACON involved. The potatoes were not all whole after cooking so I coarsely mashed them and added the thickened sauce and parsley, garlic, bacon and zest. Everyone liked them!