This instructable will show you how to make simple & delicious pan-fried candied yams (& sweet potatoes).
I am actually using a large sweet potato and not a yam in these photos but "Candied Sweet Potatoes" just doesn't have the same ring to it. I usually use both yams and sweet potatoes because sweet potatoes taste better and then the name is still accurate when I call them "Candied Yams."
The sweet potatoes are huge here and I only use half of the smallest one I could find in this recipe... Back East there are often much smaller tubers available so it is easier to get a couple each of yams and sweet potatoes to mix together.
You Will Need:
Yam(s) or Sweet Potato(es)
Brown or Golden Sugar
Step 1: Chop
Cut your yam or sweet potato into smaller, bite-sized pieces.
Step 2: Par-Boil
Par-boil the smaller pieces, strain and set aside.
Step 3: Fry
Use a small amount of butter to grease a large frying pan and once heated add the strained yam pieces.
Step 4: Sweeten
After the yam bits have been frying for a few minutes and have begun to brown, sprinkle brown sugar all over them and then flip.
You should only need a tablespoon or two of brown sugar.
Step 5: Serve
After flipping and a bit more browning, remove from heat and serve.
These go great with any autumn meal and make a wonderful addition to holiday dinners such as Thanksgiving or Christmas.
Check out the links below for more seasonal serving suggestions:
Toasted Pumpkin Seeds: