Candied Yams Recipe

Candied YamsCandied Yams Recipe

This is a very nice boiled candied yams recipe that taste as great as baked candied yams.  This recipe comes in handy since I only have one oven.  When the oven gets overcrowded I can cook some delicious and sweet yams on the stove top.  You can't go wrong with this simple and easy yams recipe.

You'll surely cook up a delicious serving of moist and well-glazed candied yams (or substitute sweet potatoes for yams) with this recipe.

If you're looking for a serving suggest, this will help you out.  Candied yams is a side dish I usually prepare and serve alongside other favorites like collard greensmashed potatoes, and mac and cheese.  For meats, you could serve honey glazed ham, smothered pork chops, or southern fried chicken. Oh before I forget to tell you, this awesome recipe works well with sweet potatoes or yams.

Candied Yams Recipe

The following cookware and kitchen utensils are needed to complete this recipe.

Recipe Ingredients:

  • 2 cups water
  • 2 cups fine granulated sugar
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 8 small yams or sweet potatoes

Cookware and Utensils:

  • 2 measuring cups
  • medium boiling pot
  • measuring teaspoons
  • knife

Recipe Instructions:

  1. Peel outer skin from yams or sweet potatoes and slice into 1/2 to 3/4 inch thick circles. Rinse in cold water, allow to drain then set aside for later use.
  2. In a medium pot, bring water and sugar to a rolling boil, add butter, lemon juice, nutmeg, cinnamon and sliced yams or sweet potatoes. Return to boil, cover pot and reduce heat to simmer.

  3. Cook yams or sweet potatoes for 35 to 45 minutes until tender. Gentle stir throughout cooking.

Serve this candied yams recipe during Christmas dinner or Thanksgiving dinner.

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Traditionally yams are served in African American and Black homes during Thanksgiving and Christmas Holidays. However, you can really serve candied yams or sweet potatoes anytime you want. In fact, try adding a yams dish to your Sunday dinner meal and see how positively the family will respond to the new menu item.

Did I already mention, kids love to eat yams prepare this way. If you have a picky eat try serving them some candied yams. I bet they'll eat this up without any hassle or complaining. Try it and see for yourself.

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