For many, candied yams are an indispensable part of the Thanksgiving meal, along with mashed potatoes and homemade cranberry sauce. We agree! Though candied yams might be super sweet on their own, they’re the perfect compliment to a plate full of savory dishes. Our version gets an added kick from bourbon—we think once you try them you’ll never want yams without it!
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PREP TIME:0 HOURS 10 MINS
TOTAL TIME:1 HOUR 55 MINS
dark brown sugar
butter, plus more for pan
Pinch kosher salt
medium sweet potatoes (about 3 lb.)
Preheat oven to 400°. Butter a medium baking dish.
In a medium sauce pan over medium heat, combine sugar, orange juice, butter, cinnamon stick, bourbon if using, nutmeg, and salt. Stir to combine and bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer and cook until it has thickened slightly, about 10 minutes. When reduced, remove and discard cinnamon stick.
Meanwhile, prep potatoes: Peel potatoes and slice into 1/2″ rounds, then layer in prepared baking dish. Pour thickened syrup over potatoes and cover dish with aluminum foil.
Bake 30 minutes, then remove foil and bake about 50 minutes to 1 hour more, basting with sauce every 15 minutes.
Let cool slightly before serving