Candied Yams

Thanksgiving is finally here and me, my mom and dad are busy cooking, baking, sauteeing, boiling¬†and grilling and I couldn’t think of anything I’d rather be doing.¬† Put two of my favorite things together, family and food, and I’m a happy girl ūüôā

Candied yams are a classic soul food dish and I grew up eating them at Sunday dinners with my family and definitely during holidays.¬† I’ve seen several versions where they’re baked and topped with¬†marshmallows, but in this version the sweet potatoes are lightly boiled and sauteed with a brown sugar butter sauce on top of the stove.¬† They cook pretty quickly and can be ready to go in 40 minutes.¬† However, if you have the time allow them to slow cook for several hours.¬† I think this allows the syrup to caramelize and makes a sweeter (and yummier) dish.

Ingredients

4-6 medium sweet potatoes peeled and sliced in 1/2 inch segments

1 stick of sweetened salted butter

1/4 tsp nutmeg

1/4 tsp ginger

1/2 tsp cinnamon

1/2 tsp real vanilla extract

1/2 cup brown sugar

1/2 cup white sugar

Directions

Peel potatoes and cut into 1/2 inch medallions.  Boil potatoes until they pierce easily with a fork but are still firm.

In separate pot melt butter and brown sugar together add all seasonings.  Add sweet potato medallions and cover with brown sugar cinnamon mixture.  Simmer 30-40 minutes with a lid on the pan until potatoes have caramelized.  Be careful not to stir too much or potatoes will fall apart.  Serve warm.

Recipe adapted from The Joy of Soul Food

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Spice Roasted Sweet Potatoes

When I saw this recipe I thought could something so good be so easy??¬† The answer to that was an astounding YES!¬† I would have never thought to use faijita seasoning on sweet potatoes but trust me it works.¬† No it doesn’t taste like tacos, lol…but¬†combined with the olive oil it¬†does give the sweet potatoes a spicy crust that is delicious.¬† This would serve as the perfect side to a pork loin, roasted chicken or anything really.¬† I actually ate the whole bowl right after I took this picture!¬† This is a quick and easy dish to make especially if you’re cooking for a large dinner party.¬† Enjoy!

Ingredients

  • 2 large sweet potatoes
  • Olive oil to coat
  • 2 tablespoons¬†of faijita¬†seasoning mix
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper (optional)
  • Salt & Pepper to taste

Directions

    1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
    2. Peel the potatoes and dice them into half-inch cubes.
    3. Pour enough olive oil over the potatoes so that each cube is coated.
    4. Sprinkle seasoning over the potatoes and toss to coat each cube.
    5. Bake in a single layer until potatoes are fork-tender with a light caramelized crust on the outside, about 35-40 minutes.  Season with salt and pepper to taste.
    6. Serve immediately.

 

Source: Adapted from The Bitten Word (http://thebittenword.typepad.com/thebittenword/2009/01/fajita-sweet-potatoes.html)

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