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Southern Candied Yams

Ratings 4.6 from 21 votes
  • 2 pounds Sweet Potatoes
  • 3/4 cups Brown Sugar
  • 1 cup White Sugar
  • 2 teaspoons Cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon Nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon Ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon Salt
  • 2 tablespoons Vanilla Extract
  • 1 stick Butter
  • 1 Orange, juiced
  1. Start by peeling your sweet potatoes to remove the skin. Once peeled, cut the sweet potatoes into slices, chips, or chunks as you prefer.

  2. Place a pot on the stove over medium heat and add the stick of butter. As the butter melts, add ¾ cup of brown sugar, 2 tsp. of cinnamon, 1 tsp. of nutmeg, ¼ tsp. of ginger, and a pinch of salt.

  3. Stir in 2 tbsp. of vanilla extract and the juice of one orange. Continue to stir the mixture until well combined.

  4. Add the sliced sweet potatoes to the pot, making sure they are well-coated with the sweet, spiced mixture.

  5. Cover the pot with a lid and let the sweet potatoes simmer over low heat. Allow them to cook for about 20-25 minutes. Check the tenderness with a toothpick or fork; they should be soft but not mushy.

  6. Once the sweet potatoes are tender and the sauce has thickened, your Southern Candied Yams are ready. Transfer them to a serving dish.

  7. If desired, garnish with additional brown sugar, a sprinkle of cinnamon, or a drizzle of maple syrup for extra sweetness. Serve your Southern Candied Yams as a side dish for a delicious and comforting meal.