Holiday Yam Recipes (aka Sweet Potatoes)

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Every family has their signature yam dish and my family is no different. If there is one dish that is a must during the holidays for my daughter is my candied yam recipe.   I try to add different side dishes each year but I always know that this dish has to be included in our Thanksgiving and Christmas meal no matter what!

I included two yam recipes below, with one using canned yams.   I use  the word “yams” instead of “sweet potatoes” as what we use for these dishes are actually yams and not sweet potatoes.

When buying yams at the store  here is how you can tell if you’re buying yams or sweet potatoes.  These two look the same from the outside but as you can see, when I scrape the skin, the left is a orange color (yams) and the right is a white color (sweet potatoes). The store signs can be confusing so make sure you check the inside and not rely on how it looks outside It’s also doesn’t help that when you see items on a menu like sweet potato fries, it’s actually yams (orange color). I guess  “yam fries”  doesn’t sound so appealing 🙂

 

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And if you notice on the canned version, it states sweet potatoes but below, it’s description states yams.

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You can use either yams or canned yams for the two recipes below. Both of these recipes are so simple, requiring  few ingredients but so yummy!

 

Serves 6-8

Roasted Yams with Honey

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Ingredients

  • 4-5 yams,  peeled and cut into 1 inch cubes
  • 3-4 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice ( or cinnamon  and nutmeg)
  • 1 teaspoon salt and pepper
  • 4 Tablespoons honey

Directions

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.

Place yams on a baking sheet. Drizzle oil, pumpkin pie spice, salt and pepper and honey over yams. Toss with your hands and lay in a single layer. Roast 25 to 30 minutes or until tender.

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Candied Yams  

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Ingredients

  • 1 (29oz) can yams ( sweet potatoes)
  • 1 stick of butter, cut into cubes
  • 2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice ( or cinnamon and nutmeg)
  • 1/2  cup brown sugar

Directions

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.

Place yams in a baking dish. Drop butter pieces evenly over the yams. Sprinkle brown sugar and pumpkin pie spice.

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Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until yams are tender.

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