Candied Purple Yams




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My mother makes the best candied yams. They taste just like candy, you forget you're eating a vegetable. So when our friend Felicia (User: Backenforth) invited us to her place for a "Friendsgiving" I knew my mom's candied yams would be one of the things I'd bring. Felicia's favorite color is purple so inspiration struck and I knew I had to find purple yams.

At Whole Foods I found garnet yams, which are purple on the outside but white on the inside--not what I wanted. It took a little research and going to a few stores to finally find purple yams with purple flesh at a local Asian grocery.

Step 1: Ingredients

5-6 purple flesh yams (check your local Asian grocery)

3/4 cup brown sugar plus more for topping (to taste, I like my candied yams to literally taste like candy)

1/2 bag of mini marshmallows

This recipe will make one 8x8 dish, double as needed.

Step 2: Prep Potatoes

Preheat oven to 350.

Wash and chop yams into small cubes. Add to pot of water and parboil for 5-7 minutes. Parboiling is partially cooking the yams you don't want them cooked all the way through (they'll finish in the oven).

Step 3: Sugar & Marshmallows

Drain the yams and coat with 1 cup of brown sugar. Pour yams into your greased baking dish and then add extra brown sugar and cover with marshmallows.

Step 4: Bake & Enjoy!

Bake for 15-20 minutes or until the marshmallows are melted and golden.

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    3 years ago

    do you need to peel the yams


    3 years ago

    I don't have purple yams at my grocery store. Will traditional ones work as a substitute?

    2 replies

    Reply 3 years ago

    Great! They just wont be as pretty! :( haha

    Uncle Kudzu

    3 years ago

    Wow! I didn't know such a thing as purple sweet potatoes existed. I'd like to see a pie made with these.