Sweet enough for dessert but savory enough for a side, candied yams are a quintessential Southern staple for Sunday dinner, get-togethers or holidays. Many supermarkets use the terms “sweet potatoes” and “yams” interchangeably. For this recipe, any orange-fleshed varieties like Jewel or Garnet will do. Whatever you use, this dish will definitely round out anything savory on your plate, on Thanksgiving and beyond.
- Serves: 6 persons
- 6medium yams (3 to 5 pounds)
- ½cup salted butter (1 stick)
- ½cup granulated sugar
- ½packed cup dark or light brown sugar
- ¼cup maple syrup
- 1large orange, zested
- 1teaspoon ground cinnamon
- ½teaspoon ground nutmeg
- ⅛teaspoon kosher salt
- 1tablespoon vanilla extract (not imitation)
Step 1Heat oven to 400 degrees. Wash and peel the yams, then cut into 1/2-inch pieces. Transfer the yams to a 9-by-13-inch baking dish.
Step 2In a medium pot over medium heat, cook the butter until it starts to bubble, about 2 minutes.
Step 3Once the butter is melted, add both sugars along with the maple syrup, orange zest, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt. Turn off the heat and remove the pot from burner. Stir to combine, then add the vanilla extract. Pour the sugar-butter mixture over the yams, and toss to coat.
Step 4Cover baking dish with aluminum foil and bake for 30 minutes. Remove from the oven, and using a spoon, baste the yams with the sugar-butter mixture collecting at the bottom of the baking dish. Cover again and bake for another 15 to 20 minutes until tender. If desired, remove the foil and bake uncovered for another 10 minutes to thicken the syrup. Remove the yams from the oven and serve hot.