Candied yams in a rectangular white baking dish next to a white and brown towel all on a wooden surface (with logo overlay)

Candied Yams

Delicious sweet potatoes can be used to make a traditional holiday side dish of candied yams with very little prep time involved.

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Having sweet candied yams or sweet potatoes seems to be a staple for holiday meals. My family makes a version topped with marshmallow fluff that is delicious. But, I also wanted to try something a bit different from the usual.

When we grill lunch over at my in-laws, my father-in-law often makes baked potatoes. Well, Justin and his mom both prefer sweet potatoes. And many times, I see them adding some brown sugar to the sweet potatoes. A yam and sweet potato are technically different things, but they are often interchanged.

Taking their idea of butter and brown sugar on the yams, I used that to come up with a different way to make candied yams than the traditional sweet potato casserole that I grew up with.

Step by Step

Preheat the oven to 350F. Peel and cut the potatoes into 1/2 inch rounds and gather your ingredients.

Ingredients for candied yams in stainless steel bowls on a wooden surface: sliced sweet potatoes, cream, butter, spices, sugars, and vanilla extract

Layer the sweet potatoes in a lightly greased 9×13 baking dish.

Sliced sweet potatoes in layers in a white casserole dish on a wooden surface

Melt the butter in a small saucepan over medium heat. Add the sugar and brown sugar, stirring until well combined.

Sugar and brown sugar mixed in a medium saucepan on a wooden surface

Stir in the heavy whipping cream and cook, stirring often, for 5-7 minutes. Remove from the heat.

Sugars with cream in a saucepan on a wooden surface

Stir in the vanilla extract, cinnamon, salt, and nutmeg.

Melted combined sugars with seasonings in a medium saucepan on a wooden surface

Pour the sugar mixture over the potatoes and cover with aluminum foil.

Sweet potato slices covered with sugar sauce in a white casserole on a wooden surface

Bake, covered, for about 40 minutes. Uncover and gently stir. Bake again, uncovered, for about 25-30 minutes, until they are tender.

Candied Yams in a white casserole dish with a white and brown towel behind all on a wooden surface (vertical)

Leftovers

Let the leftovers cool to room temperature. Cover with foil or move to a leftover container. Refrigerate up to 2-3 days. Reheat in the oven at 350F for about 5-10 minutes, until heated through.

Recipe

Originally Published On: October 9, 2020

Candied yams in a rectangular white baking dish next to a white and brown towel all on a wooden surface

Candied Yams

Delicious sweet potatoes can be used to make a traditional holiday side dish of candied yams with bery little prep time involved.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 25 minutes
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: holidays, sweet potatoes, yams
Servings: 8
5 from 5 votes

Ingredients

  • 2 lbs sweet potatoes
  • 4 tbsp butter (salted)
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/8 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1/2 tbsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/8 tsp ground nutmeg

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350F
  • Peel and cut the potatoes into 1/2 inch rounds
  • Layer the sweet potatoes in a lightly greased 9×13 baking dish
  • Melt the butter in a small saucepan over medium heat
  • Add the sugar and brown sugar, stirring until well combined
  • Stir in the heavy whipping cream and cook, stirring often, for 5-7 minutes
  • Remove from the heat
  • Stir in the vanilla extract, cinnamon, salt, and nutmeg
  • Pour the sugar mixture over the potatoes and cover with aluminum foil
  • Bake, covered, for about 40 minutes
  • Uncover and gently stir
  • Bake again, uncovered, for about 25-30 minutes, until they are tender
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Nutrition Facts
Candied Yams
Amount Per Serving (1 g)
Calories 240 Calories from Fat 63
% Daily Value*
Fat 7g11%
Saturated Fat 4g20%
Cholesterol 20mg7%
Sodium 263mg11%
Potassium 400mg11%
Carbohydrates 43g14%
Fiber 3g12%
Sugar 24g27%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin A 16317IU326%
Vitamin C 3mg4%
Calcium 50mg5%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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