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My mom always made candied yams / sweet potatoes at Thanksgiving. As a child I didn’t like them at all. I never was much of a marshmallow fan. Then, one year, she tried this recipe she called Yummy Yams. It was pretty tasty.
I have made it myself several times, but I still don’t think my husband was a big fan. Mom’s recipe called for bourbon, something I never have on hand. So I decided to modify her recipe a little and this is what I came up with.
My husband and kids said it tasted like pumpkin pie. Maybe this recipes seems more like dessert than a side dish, but this is Thanksgiving after all. Indulge a bit.
Ingredients needed are Yams or Sweet Potatoes, Butter, Orange Juice, Brown Sugar, Salt, Cinnamon, Cloves, Nutmeg, and Vanilla. For the crumb topping you need, Flour, Brown Sugar, Butter, Cinnamon, and Nutmeg.
Chop up the yams or sweet potatoes into cubes, place in a large sauce pan and cover with water.
Boil the yams / sweet potatoes until fork tender.
Mash the yams. I always use the hand mixer.
Add the butter, orange juice, brown sugar, salt, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, and vanilla. Whip them up.
Put the whipped yams in a casserole dish that has been coated with non-stick spray.
Mix the flour, brown sugar, butter, cinnamon, and nutmeg to make the crumb topping.
Sprinkle the crumb topping over the whipped yams and bake in a 350 degree oven for about 35-45 minutes.
Remove the Yummy Yams from oven when the topping is a golden brown.
Time to serve it up. This is a great side dish for Thanksgiving, or any time of the year.
2 – 2 1/2 pounds Yams (or sweet potatoes)
1/4 cup Butter
1/3 cup Orange Juice
1/4 cup Brown Sugar
1/2 teaspoon Salt
1/4 teaspoon Cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon Cloves
1/4 teaspoon Nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon Vanilla
1/4 cup Flour
1/4 cup Brown Sugar
1 tablespoon Butter
Dash of Cinnamon and Nutmeg
Peel and chop yams. Boil them until soft, drain and mash. Add the butter, orange juice, brown sugar, salt, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, and vanilla. Whip all the ingredients together and put in a casserole dish that has been coated with non-stick spray.
In a small bowl mix the flour, brown sugar, butter, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Sprinkle crumb topping over whipped yams.
Bake in a 350 degree oven for 35-45 minutes, until crumb topping is golden brown.
This recipe makes about 6-8 servings and can be easily doubled for larger groups. The yummy yams can be made the day before needed. Just add crumb topping and bake before serving.