Southern Style Candied Yams with Gingersnap Crunch

Just enough sweet and sticky, these candied yams are topped with crunchy and spicy gingersnap cookies.

Recipe courtesy Treva Chadwell for Cooking Channel
TOTAL TIME: 1 hr 20 min
Prep: 10 min
Inactive Prep: --
Cook: 1 hr 10 min
 
YIELD: 8 servings
LEVEL: Easy

ingredients

YAMS:
  • 8 medium yams or sweet potatoes (about 4 pounds), peeled, halved crosswise and cut into 8 wedges
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1/3 cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground nutmeg
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    Directions

    For the yams: Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Toss the yams with the oil in a medium bowl and sprinkle with salt and pepper.

    2. Melt 2 tablespoons of the butter in a small saucepan over medium heat. Add the brown sugar, honey, cinnamon, vanilla and nutmeg and cook, stirring, until the mixture comes to a simmer and the sugar dissolves, 4 minutes. Remove from the heat, add to the yams and toss to coat.

    Spread the yams and all the sauce evenly into a 9-by-13-inch baking dish. Cover tightly with foil and bake until beginning to become tender, 30 minutes.

    For the crunch: Meanwhile, pulse the gingersnaps in a food processor until they are fine crumbs with a few larger pieces. Transfer to a medium bowl and stir in the sugar, butter and flour to combine. Form crumbles in several sizes using your hands and chill in the refrigerator.

    Remove the foil from the yams and stir to coat with the sauce. Continue baking uncovered until the potatoes are tender and the sauce has thickened, 20 to 25 minutes. Top with gingersnap crumbles and bake until the yams are very tender and the topping is nicely browned, about 10 minutes longer. Serve.

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    • on November 29, 2013

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      This recipe turned out great and I received many compliments on it despite it not being the most appetizing looking dish on the table. The crunch is what really made it different from other recipes. It reminds me of the crunch topping on my mom's homemade apple pie. I think this'll be a Thanksgiving Day tradition from now on.
      Easy to make and delicious.

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    • on November 26, 2013

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      This is really good!!! And that says a lot in my family! I made it last year at thanksgiving for my brother in law, because he is the only one in the family of about 20 people that likes yams. The whole pan was gone within 20minutes and my brother in law was upset because he only got one serving. I really am not a big fan of sweet potatoes or yams but this recipe is amazing and will be a dish on my table every holiday from now on.

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