Candied Yams Sweet Potatoes – Cooking Classy
Candied yams - A classic Thanksgiving side dish made with sweet potatoes (often called yams), brown sugar and here browned butter. This is my favorite way to make them! Candied yams The thing that really sets them apart from other candied yams is the browned butter. I have started using browned butter in several of […]

Candied yams - A classic Thanksgiving side dish made with sweet potatoes (often called yams), brown sugar and here browned butter. This is my favorite way to make them!

Close up image of candied yams on a decorative red and white side plate.

Candied yams

The thing that really sets them apart from other candied yams is the browned butter.

I have started using browned butter in several of my sweet potato recipes because it really is the ultimate way to improve sweet potatoes.

It perfectly complements this sweet flavor while bringing a nutty and caramel flavor to the dish.

Once you try it this way you will never look back! It's easily worth the extra few minutes to brown the butter.

When a vegetable becomes a treat, everyone will love it!

Image of the ingredients used to make the candied yams.  Includes sweet potatoes, brown sugar, cream, butter, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, salt, vanilla and cornstarch.

Candied yam ingredients

  • Sweet potatoes: They are often called yams, so there is a bit of confusion. Look for a variety of garnet or jewel (red or orange peel).
  • Salted butter: Unsalted butter will work too, just increase the salt to 1 tsp.
  • Brown sugar: Use light brown sugar here so it doesn't overpower the browned butter.
  • Vanilla extract: This gives it an excellent flavor boost.
  • Salt: An essential ingredient to balance all the sweetness here.
  • Cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger: The spices give it that classic fall flavor. If you don't like them all, just use cinnamon.
  • Heavy cream: Why not add some more wealth? A classic ingredient in Southern candied yams.
  • Cornstarch: This helps to thicken the sauce a bit.

Collage image of the first four steps to make candied yams.

How to make candied yams

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Spray 13x9-inch baking dish with non-stick cooking spray.
  2. Arrange the sweet potatoes in rows in a baking dish, set aside.
  3. Place the pieces of butter in a medium, light-colored skillet. Put on medium heat and cook, stirring frequently, until just barely golden. Immediately pour into a medium heat-resistant mixing bowl so that it does not continue cooking.
  4. For the butter, add the brown sugar, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger and mix.
  5. In a separate bowl, whisk together the cream and cornstarch until the cream is smooth and well combined (don't worry if it is more liquid than the one pictured, mine usually is). Pour the cream mixture and vanilla into the brown sugar mixture and whisk to combine well.
  6. Pour the brown sugar mixture evenly over the sweet potatoes in a baking dish. Cover the dish with foil.
  7. Bake in preheated oven 50 to 60 minutes until potatoes are almost tender.
    Uncover, place the sauce in the dish over the potatoes and continue to cook for another 10 to 20 minutes until the potatoes are tender.
  8. Let cool slightly, then serve hot with the sauce spoon on top.

Collage image of the last four steps to make candied yams.

VARIATIONS

Can I use canned yams / sweet potatoes?

Yes here are the modifications:

  • Use 3 cans (29 oz).
  • Since they come in a light syrup, be sure to drain them well.
  • Reduce brown sugar to 3/4 cup.
  • Reduce cooking time to just 25 minutes uncovered cooking.

Should you place the potatoes in rows?

No. You can simply add them to the baking dish and then toss them around every now and then while cooking to cook evenly. Cover again during cooking, as directed.

Can sweet potatoes be diced?

Yes, instead of cutting into round slices, sweet potatoes can also be simply cut into cubes. If you go this route, stir occasionally during cooking for even cooking.

Can I add marshmallows or pecans?

Yes, either can be used.

  • For the marshmallows: just wait the last 3 minutes to add. Increase the temperature to 450 to cook with marshmallows. Use about 3 cups.
  • For the pecans: Wait to sprinkle until the last 15 minutes. Use about 1 cup chopped.

Candied yams.  The sweet potatoes are presented in rows in a casserole dish, they are coated with a butter and brown sugar sauce.Tips for the best candied yams

  • Work to cut the sweet potatoes evenly thick so that they cook more evenly and finish at the same time.
  • Be careful not to burn the butter, but let it cook long enough to achieve a rich color.
  • As the dish cools the sauce will tend to separate, the solution is to simply plate the potatoes and stir to connect them.

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Close up image of candied yams on a decorative red and white side plate.

Candied yams sweet potatoes

A classic Thanksgiving side dish made with sweet potatoes (not yams), brown sugar and here browned butter. This is my favorite way to make them!

Portions: 12

Preparation20 minutes

cook1 hour 20 minutes

Ready in: 1 hour 40 minutes

  • 4 Kg. Sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch-thick rounds
  • 1/2 Chopped off salted butter, sliced ​​into 1 tbsp. chunks
  • 1 cup (220g) packed light brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon grounded ginger
  • 1/4 Chopped off heavy cream
  • 1 Tablespoon cornstarch
  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Spray 13x9-inch baking dish with non-stick cooking spray.

  • Line up the sweet potatoes in rows in a baking dish, set aside.

  • Place the pieces of butter in a medium, light-colored skillet. Put on medium heat and cook, stirring frequently, until just barely golden. Immediately pour into a medium heat-resistant mixing bowl so that it does not continue cooking.

  • Add the brown sugar, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger to the butter and mix.

  • In another bowl, whisk together cream and cornstarch until smooth and blended. Pour the cream mixture and vanilla into the brown sugar mixture and whisk to combine well.

  • Pour the brown sugar mixture evenly over the sweet potatoes in a baking dish. Cover tightly with foil.

  • Bake in preheated oven 50 to 60 minutes until potatoes are almost tender.

  • Uncover, place the sauce in the dish over the potatoes and continue to cook for another 10 to 20 minutes until the potatoes are tender.

  • Serve hot with the sauce spoon on top.

Nutritional intake

Candied yams sweet potatoes

Quantity per serving

Calories 290 Calories from Fat 90

% Daily Value *

Fat 10g15%

Saturated fat 6g38%

Cholesterol 27 mg9%

Sodium 303 mg13%

Potassium 538 mg15%

Carbohydrates 49 g16%

Fiber 5g21%

Sugar 24g27%

Protein 3g6%

Vitamin A 21760IU435%

Vitamin C 4 mg5%

Calcium 68 mgseven%

The iron 1 mg6%

* Percent Daily Values ​​are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


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