Candied yams, aka sweet potatoes, are like dessert during dinner, says Marrekus Wilkes of Cooks with Soul. “The sweet and buttery flavor warms me all over and reminds me of seeing my grandmother in the kitchen peeling and slicing the yams, then coating them in her famous caramel-type sauce. When she would bake them in the oven you would think that a pie or cake was coming out, and not a side dish to go with turkey and ham. Our recipe has all the notes of Grandma’s kitchen and I am glad to share it with you.” The recipe is a Yummly original created by Cooks with Soul.
- Preheat oven to 350°. Grease a 9- by 13-inch baking dish with nonstick cooking spray. Scrub sweet potatoes to remove any dirt, then peel, slice crosswise ½ inch thick, and arrange in the baking dish.
- Melt butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Sprinkle in salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, and sugars and whisk until all ingredients are incorporated into butter. (The sugars will melt as the dish bakes.) Remove from heat and stir in vanilla.
- Pour butter mixture over sweet potatoes, covering them as best as you can (the sauce may be difficult to spread, but once it heats up, you’ll baste it again). Cover the baking dish with foil.
- Bake sweet potatoes for 30 minutes. Remove the potatoes from the oven and baste them with the candied mixture. Replace foil and bake until the sweet potatoes are tender when pierced and the sauce is thick enough to coat a spoon, 15-20 minutes more. If you’d like the sauce a little thicker, remove the foil and bake uncovered about 5 minutes.
- Remove from the oven, let rest 5-10 minutes, and then serve.
|Calories250Calories from Fat110|
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|Calories from Fat110|
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* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.