Festive Candied Yams
INGREDIENTS
  • Cooking Time: Approx 70 min.
  • Servings: Feeds 8
  • Preparation Time: Approx. 15 min.
  • - 4 large red skinned sweet potatoes (yams), peeled, cut into 1" round pieces
  • - 5 tbsp. butter
  • - 2/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • - 1/2 tsp. salt
  • - 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • - 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • - 1/4 tsp. nutmeg
  • - 2 cups mini marshmallows
  • - 1/2 cup walnuts, finely chopped
DIRECTIONS
  1. Heat oven to 375ºF.
  2. Arrange yams in 13 x 9 glass pan.
  3. Combine sugar, butter, salt, cinnamon, vanilla and nutmeg in saucepan over med. heat.
  4. Bring to a boil, stirring until sugar dissolves.
  5. Pour over yams evenly, toss to coat.
  6. Cover dish tightly with foil.
  7. Bake 50 min., then uncover.
  8. Bake again until yams are tender and syrup thickens slightly, basting occasionally, about 20 min.
  9. Remove yams from oven, increase oven temp. to 500ºF. (broil)
  10. Top yams with marshmallows and nuts.
  11. Return to oven and bake until marshmallows melt and brown, about 3 min. (uncovered)
RECIPE BACKSTORY
I make this dish every year at Christmas and Thanksgiving and it's been a hit with my family every time, they're always impressed!