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Yams are basically the dark orange fleshed variety of sweet potatoes. They are commonly used to make Candied Yams here in the South and they are enjoyed every year during Thanksgiving at my house. Candied yams are seasoned with butter, dark brown sugar, and other spices and baked to yummy perfection. Some people add nuts while others choose not to.
Still, a lot of people debate on whether to add bake marshmallows on the top of their candied yams. No matter how to choose to finish off your candied yam recipe, the basis for the recipe is the same. You can dress them up any way you like. Pile them on a plate with turkey and green beans and you have a plate full of Southern deliciousness. Happy Thanksgiving ya'll!
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What you'll need: 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 substitute 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon and 1/4 teaspoon each ground nutmeg and allspice)
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.
Recipe courtesy of Cooking.com.
If you've been invited to a friend or family members house for Thanksgiving, don't forget to bring a little something to show just how much you appreciate all their hard work. They've probably spent endless hours in the kitchen whipping up an amazing Thanksgiving feast so buying them a little thank you gift is the least you can do.
Think about baking up a batch of brownies and presenting them in a fall themed tin or buy some gourmet cookies online or from a local bakery to give to the hostess. He or she will appreciate your thoughtfulness!