Candied yams are a classic southern American dish that consists of sweet potatoes or yams that have been peeled, sliced, and baked in a syrupy mixture of butter, brown sugar, and spices.
To make candied yams, the sweet potatoes or yams are first peeled and sliced into rounds or chunks. They are then arranged in a baking dish and covered with a mixture of melted butter, brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, and other spices. The dish is then baked in the oven until the sweet potatoes are tender and the syrup has thickened and caramelized.
Candied yams are a popular side dish during the holidays, especially Thanksgiving and Christmas. They are often served alongside other traditional dishes such as turkey, stuffing, and cranberry sauce. Candied yams are a sweet and comforting dish that is loved by many people throughout the southern United States and beyond.
PREPARATION TIME: 30 minutes
- 4 medium-sized yams
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- 1 tsp. vanilla extract
- 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp. ground nutmeg
- 1/4 tsp. ground allspice
- 1/4 tsp. ground cloves
- Preheat oven to 375°F (190°C). Grease a 9×13 inch (23×33 cm) baking dish.
- Wash and peel yams, then cut into 1/2 inch (1.3 cm) slices.
- In a large saucepan, melt butter over medium heat. Stir in brown sugar, salt, vanilla extract, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, and cloves until sugar is dissolved.
- Add yam slices to the saucepan and coat evenly with the sugar mixture.
- Arrange the yam slices in the prepared baking dish.
- Bake for 25 to 30 minutes, or until yams are tender and glazed.
- Serve hot as a side dish.
SERVING SUGGESTIONS OR ADDITIONAL TIPS:
- For a caramelized, crispy top, broil for a few minutes before serving.
- For a sweeter dish, increase the amount of brown sugar to 1 1/2 cups.
- You can also add raisins, chopped pecans, or marshmallows for added texture and flavor.