Candied Yam Recipe-unlike any other and mmmmm good
December 22, 2006 12:19am CST
When I married my second husband in 1995, I wasnt much on the cooking thing. Cooking wasnt one of my finer qualities, but my husband was 8 years older than me and was raised in the country. So he knew how to make alot of good homemade stuff. Even though my mom can cook and she bakes all the good stuff(candy and cakes and all) at Christmas, I just never really took time to ask how to make anything. But over the years my husband and I cooked and created our own versions of some important holiday favorites. After looking and even surfing the net unable to find a good recipe that sounded close to what I was looking for, I just decided to create my own candied yams and what came out would either be edible or trashable. Well, it was a hit and now every year my sister hires me to cook them for her Christmas dinner at her work which is usually for about close to a hundred people. So for anyone who just wants to try and cant seem to get it right, I am willing to share my recipe of just dumping stuff into it until it is right. For a 13 x 9 pan:5- 40 oz cans of yams 1 pkg mini marshmallows 1 can condensed milk 1 box dark brown sugar 2 sticks of margarine or butter 1/4 cup orange juice ground cinnamon Drain juice from yams-it is ok to leave a little and dump in microwavable bowl.Pour about one cup of yam juice into a sauce pan. Microwave for about 5 minutes,until warm and remove.Add stick of butter. In saucepan, add 2 tbsp butter and 1/2 cup of brown sugar. Stir on medium heat until it thickens-if it doesnt thicken-add some more brown sugar(about like syrup) Mix yams and butter in bowl.(while hot) Add some condensed milk and a handful of brown sugar from the box. It will probably take at least half the can of milk in the end. Pour some of the brown sugar mixture on it, sprinkle a couple of teaspoons of cinnamonon on it,add half of orange juice and mix together.This where the taste testing begins and if you are making for alot of people,taste with plastic utensils so you can throw away and use another each time. Taste test and repeat procedure one more time. This is all tasting to see if it is sweet enough to your liking. Once you have achieved it to your liking, spread in dish and cover with marshmallows. Bake at 350 until lightly toasted on top. Note: For anyone that doesnt want to use a microwave dump the yams with all the juice into a pot and heat on the stove. Drain and mix all together right in the pot if desired.