Southern-Style Candied Yams


This dish was passed down to me by my mother from the Southern region, and it really nourishes the spirit.

Southern-style Candied yams are not only a side dish; they are a decadent and sugary essential that adorns several Southern tables, particularly during festive occasions and familial gatherings.

The taste of these sweet potatoes is as welcoming as their delicate and caramelized texture, carrying a rich and heartwarming history.

Candied yams, which have their roots in the African diaspora, serve as a symbolic link between different cultures, linking their historical backgrounds and fostering emotional connections.

Preparing this meal may include the purpose of paying homage to tradition, providing comfort during the autumn season, or just enjoying in a delectable and satisfying treat.

These yams are very adaptable and complement a wide range of recipes really well. They complement a nicely cooked roasted turkey or a delectably glazed ham.

To create a really resilient spread, accompany them with leafy vegetables like as collard or mustard greens, and rich, buttery cornbread.

Their sweetness adeptly harmonizes with the savory and sometimes piquant Southern tastes, giving them a superb accompaniment to a joyous family feast.

Ingredients: 4 large sweet potatoes (about 3 pounds), peeled and sliced into wedges that are 1/2-inch thick
0.5 cups of butter without salt, divided into smaller portions
1 cup of refined sugar
0.5 cups of light brown sugar, well packed
0.25 cups of water
1 tsp of vanilla extract
0.5 teaspoons of cinnamon powder
0.25 teaspoons of nutmeg powder
0.25 teaspoon of salt
Orange zest from half of an orange (optional, for increased zestiness)