Candied Yams

  • Active Time 10m
  • Total Time 1h 25m
  • Rating ****

Serves 8

The dark, orange-fleshed variety of sweet potato commonly known as the yam has been a Southern staple since colonial times, and candied yams have enjoyed wide popularity since the late 19th century -- especially at Thanksgiving. Try them alongside roast turkey with mashed potatoes and gravy.


  • 5 yams or sweet potatoes, unpeeled, about 4 pounds total weight
  • For the Topping:
  • 1 cup firmly packed dark brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped walnuts
  • 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice, or 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon and 1/4 teaspoon each ground nutmeg and allspice

Companion recipe: Roast Turkey with Mashed Potatoes and Gravy


Preheat an oven to 425 degrees F.

Wrap each yam in aluminum foil, pierce all over with a fork and place on a baking sheet. Bake the yams until tender when pierced with a sharp knife, about 1 hour.

Remove the yams from the oven, and reduce the oven temperature to 400 degrees F. Unwrap the yams immediately and let cool. Using your fingers or a sharp knife, peel the yams and cut crosswise into slices 1 inch thick.

FOR TOPPING: In a bowl, combine the brown sugar, butter, walnuts and pumpkin pie spice. Using a fork or your fingertips, mix until coarse and crumbly.

Lightly butter an 8-inch square baking dish. Place half of the yam slices in the prepared dish, arranging them in a single layer. Sprinkle evenly with half of the topping. Layer the remaining yam slices on top and sprinkle with the remaining topping. Place the baking dish on a baking sheet. Bake until the topping melts and is bubbling, 15-20 minutes.

Spoon onto warmed plates and serve immediately.

Recipe reprinted by permission of Weldon Owen. All rights reserved.

RecID 2404

nutrition information per serving

479 calories; 17g total fat; 31mg cholesterol; 42mg sodium; 81g carbohydrates; 7g fiber; 5g protein

These nutrition facts are calculated according to the ingredients listed in this recipe. Any substitutions will change these facts. Although we strive for accuracy, please note that food manufacturers occasionally change their food formulas, which could affect the calculations as shown.

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