To us, Thanksgiving dinner wouldn't be complete without candied yams. There are as many different ways to prepare them as there are feathers on a turkey! We always loved our Mom's version; however, we slightly tweaked it through the years to accommodate our family's taste buds. These are sweet, buttery, and melt in your mouth delicious. In our family, it wouldn't be Thanksgiving without them!😋 😋
- 4-5 medium sweet potatoes or yams, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch thick slices
- 1/2 cup white granulated sugar
- 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
- 1/2 cup salted butter (8 Tablespoons)
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
- 1/2 tsp ground cloves
- 1 tsp maple syrup
- 2 tsp vanilla paste or extract
- 1 tsp grated orange zest
- 1/2 tsp kosher salt
- Pre-heat oven to 375ºF.
- In a small saucepan melt the butter. Once melted add the white sugar, brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, and maple syrup. Stir & heat until sugar is dissolved.
- Remove from heat and add the vanilla & orange zest. Mix well.
- In a 9 x 13 baking dish add the yams & sprinkle with kosher salt.
- Pour the syrup over the yams.
- Cover with foil then bake in 375ºF oven for 30 minutes.
- Remove pan from the oven. Spoon the syrup from the pan over the potatoes.
- Return pan to the oven UNCOVERED and bake an additional 30 minutes.
Notes: Our Mom always used canned cut yams but believe us when we say it’s worth the extra time to peel and slice fresh sweet potatoes or yams. We can’t always get yams so we use medium-sized sweet potatoes.