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Southern Candied Yams

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Candied Yams are a classic Southern dish with mashed sweet potatoes combined with butter and brown sugar and topped with sweet toasted marshmallows. This Thanksgiving side dish recipe is fast and easy so you can easily enjoy it year-round!

white baking dish with candied yams topped with toasted marshmallows

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We all have our favorite Southern Thanksgiving foods, but when it comes to sweet potato casserole here in the South, there are two camps: the traditional sweet potato casserole topped with a tasty brown sugar crumble OR these oh-so-indulgent Candied Yams topped with amazing toasted marshmallows.

I grew up in a candied yam family and it was my absolute favorite part of Thanksgiving each year. I mean, who doesn’t love marshmallows?

Serve these candied yams with our favorite Roast Turkey and Turkey Gravy, Slow Cooker Ham, Corn Casserole, and Green Bean Casserole.

candied yam ingredients on marble countertop

Ingredients

  • canned yams
  • butter
  • dark brown sugar
  • cinnamon
  • miniature marshmallows

Step by step

This recipe is so easy, you don’t even need to dirty a pot or pan, it mixes up right in the baking dish!

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Drain the yams and place in an 8 by 8 inch casserole dish.
  3. Mash the yams with a potato masher or fork to your preferred consistency…I like mine a little lumpy.
  4. Add melted butter and brown sugar and stir to mix.
  1. Sprinkle the mixture with cinnamon and top with mini marshmallows.
  2. Spray aluminum foil with nonstick spray on the underside to prevent sticking, and cover the baking dish with foil.
  3. Bake for 20 minutes covered, then an additional 5-10 minutes uncovered or until marshmallows are golden brown.
serving of sweet potato casserole on white plate

Variations

  • to make with fresh sweet potatoes you will need to peel the sweet potatoes, then chop into 2″ pieces and boil until fork tender, then continue with the recipe as written…the dish will be slightly less sweet
  • make the recipe your own! you can experiment with the taste by adding in a dash of ground nutmeg, vanilla extract, or substitute the ground cinnamon with pumpkin pie spice
  • if you do not have dark brown sugar you can substitute light brown sugar with 1 teaspoon of molasses, or granulated sugar with 1 1/2 teaspoons of molasses

Storage

Store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator up to 3 days. I do not recommend freezing this recipe.

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Candied Yams


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Description

Candied Yams are a classic Southern dish with mashed yams combined with butter and brown sugar and topped with sweet toasted marshmallows. This Thanksgiving side dish recipe is fast and easy so you can easily enjoy it year-round!


Ingredients

Units Scale
  • 40 ounce can yams
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 1/2 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 1/2 cups mini marshmallows

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Drain yams and add to an 8 b y 8 casserole dish.
  3. Mash to your desired consistency with a potato masher or fork.
  4. Add melted butter and brown sugar to the yams and stir to mix.
  5. Sprinkle mixture with cinnamon and top with mini marshmallows.
  6. Spray the underside of a piece of foil with nonstick spray to prevent sticking to the marshmallows and wrap the baking dish.
  7. Bake for 20 minutes covered. Remove foil and bake another 5-10 minutes or until marshmallows are golden brown.

Notes

If preparing with fresh sweet potatoes, peel and dice potatoes and boil until fork tender prior to using in the recipe. Finished dish will be slightly less sweet.

  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Category: side
  • Method: baking
  • Cuisine: American

Nutrition

  • Serving Size:
  • Calories: 248
  • Sugar: 22.7 g
  • Sodium: 56.5 mg
  • Fat: 5.5 g
  • Carbohydrates: 49.5 g
  • Fiber: 3.9 g
  • Protein: 1.8 g
  • Cholesterol: 13.6 mg

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