Simple and Delicious Holiday Yams
PREP TIME: 2 Hours

Most holiday yam recipes contain numerous spices and a marshmallow topping. However, this recipe is a simple and delicious version. Although it may seem that so few ingredients might create a lackluster dish, think again. It's magnificent!


  • 8 Louisiana yams
  • 1/4 pound butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 tbsp vanilla

Choose 8 yams of identical size, guaranteeing that they will cook at about the same time. I prefer a smaller yam for this recipe. Peel yams and place in a large stainless-steel pot with enough water to cover the yams by approximately one inch. Bring to a rolling boil, reduce to simmer and cover. Cook until yams are fork tender, approximately 30 minutes. When tender, there should be no more than 1/2 inch of water remaining in the bottom of the pot. If there is more, remove the excess. Add butter, sugar and vanilla and continue to simmer until sugar is dissolved and a simple syrup is achieved. Simmer over low heat until yams have absorbed most of the simple syrup but are not falling apart. Do not overcook. Serve one sweet potato per guest with an equal serving of the simple syrup.

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