My mother in law gave me this recipe for Mother-in-Law Candied Yams and she got it from her mother in law! These are the best way to mix dinner and dessert!
Mother-in-law Candied Yams are so simple to make! I mean just look below, there are only 3 ingredients!!! Not only do these taste amazing, super simple and only 3 ingredients, but they can be made the day before and just warmed up in the oven before your big feast is served!!! These are seriously the best holiday dish EVER!!!!!
MOTHER-IN-LAW CANDIED YAMS
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When my husband and I first started dating we spent Easter over at his Mom’s house. One of the dishes she made was these monther-in-law candied yams. We went through the buffet line and he tried to get me to take a spoonful. I quietly let him know that I’ve never cared for yams and he said I HAD to have these. They’re sooooo good, like candy! I took a SMALL spoon of them and let me tell you they are AMAZING!!!!! I’m going to be real clear here. There is NO nutritional value in this dish. I mean the yams are good for you, lots of vitamins but they are drenched in butter and brown sugar soooooooo, that takes steps them up to completely decadent.
We only make these bad boys three times a year because otherwise you’d have to roll us out of the house and a heart attack would be soon in our future. There is no such thing as self-control when it comes to these yams. When it came time for me to cook the holiday meals years later, she gave me the recipe and told me that she got the recipe from her mother-in-law, hence the name.
You’ll notice that I don’t peel the yams before boiling but after. This is how I was told to do them. I thought it was strange so I decided one year to peel then boil. They weren’t the same. It is totally worth boiling, waiting for them to cool THEN peeling. Plus, that just makes them that much easier because the peels just come right off. When you add these yams to your holiday meals your family will praise you for finding a way to serve dessert for dinner!
Want more holiday side dish recipes?
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- Green Beans with Honey Pecan Butter and Cranberries
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Tools used to make this Mother-in-Law Candied Yams recipe
Large Pot: This pot is a kitchen essential for everything from dinner to desserts. I use mine all the time and with proper care, it’ll last for years and years.
Baking Dish: This baking dish is a must-have for any home cook. I actually have 3 of them in my cupboard, and each dish comes with a lid for storing leftovers or taking your dishes on the go.
Medium Saucepan: I don’t what I’d do without this saucepan. It gets used in my kitchen every day. The glass lid even has strainer sides so I even have a colander for pasta!
- 3 large yams
- 1 cup butter
- 2 cups brown sugar firmly packed
- scrub the yams clean and cut into 2 inch thick slices (do not peel)
- place in a large stock pot and cover with cold water
- place over medium high heat and bring to a boil
- allow to simmer until fork tender, about 15 ;minutes
- carefully drain water and allow yams to cool to the touch
- once they can be handled remove the peel
- place into a 13 x 9 baking dish in an even layer
- melt butter in a medium sized saucepan over medium high heat
- stir in the brown sugar until combined
- allow to boil for 5 minutes
- pour over top of the yams
- if making ahead of time cover with foil and allow to cool to room temperature before placing in the refrigerator
- when ready to serve
- preheat oven to 350 degrees
- uncover yams and place in the oven for 30 minutes or until warmed through and slightly bubbling around the edges
- be very careful when serving and enjoy!