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Authentic Southern Candied Yams

This candied sweet potato recipe makes a delightful and unusual appetizer. Southern candied yams can be served as an accompaniment to a meal and they are popular at thanksgiving. Their sweet flavor and the fact that you can slice them up into bite size pieces makes these candied sweet potatoes perfect for appetizers. Candied yams are simple to make and these easy party appetizers will go down very well at your party with adults and kids alike.

Yams are already sweet but using maple syrup, brown sugar and marshmallows to make them extra sweet really does do them justice. This is a traditional recipe and candied sweet potatoes or candied yams are served in various counties, not just the United States. These southern candied yams are delicious served hot or warm and they are one of the most mouthwatering hot appetizer recipes of all.

You can use canned yams rather than fresh ones if that is all that is available. If you want to do that, simply skip the first part of the candied sweet potato recipe and go to the part where you dot them with butter because they will already be fork tender.

Candied Sweet Potato Recipe with Marshmallows
Summary: Candied yams are very popular in the South and the best way to make these sweet treats super-sweet is of course to add plenty of marshmallows on top.
Cuisine: USA (Southern)
Recipe type: Candied Appetizers
Serves: 16
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  • 4 raw yams
  • 2 tablespoons canola or vegetable oil
  • ¼ cup butter
  • ½ cup maple syrup
  • ⅓ cup brown sugar
  • Salt and black pepper, to taste
  • ¾ bag marshmallows
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Peel the yams and cut them in half lengthwise.
  3. Use ¼ of the oil to grease a 12 x 17 inch baking pan and the rest of it to coat the yams.
  4. Sprinkle them with salt and pepper and arrange them in the baking pan, flat side down.
  5. Roast for about 40 minutes or until they are, fork tender.
  6. Remove the baking pan from the oven, dot the yams with butter, and pour maple syrup over them.
  7. Sprinkle brown sugar over the yams and bake them or another 10 minutes.
  8. Remove the baking pan from the oven, baste the yams with the liquid in the pan, and sprinkle the marshmallows over the top.
  9. Bake for another 8 minutes or until the marshmallows have melted.
  10. Let them cool for a bit, then slice into bite size servings.

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You can see how lovely the marshmallows look on top of this dish and if you want something very sweet, you cannot beat the combination of sweet potatoes, maple syrup, brown sugar and marshmallows. Your dentist might not agree but there is no harm in enjoying this sweet treat occasionally, whether served hot alongside your roast turkey, or in individual portions as an unusual snack. Kids will love the wonderful sweetness of this, and so will all the grownups, so ensure you make sufficient because everyone will want at least one serving of this.

Photo Credit: Shirley’s Yams by BrownGuacamole, on Flickr

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