Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Spiced Rum Candied Yams



I am so excited about the coming holidays!! Last year was a bit rough because we had just moved, and I had lost my father the previous holidays. But this year, I am like a little girl waiting for Santa!

I have been coming up with some new recipes for you, but also going back and redoing some traditional family recipes. These candied yams are an updated version of the ones that my Grandmother and Mother used to make every year. 

I loved those yams, but I wanted to use fresh yams and add a little of my own flavahhhh.

Which lately seems to mean I add

Pumpkin

Bacon

Cheese

or booze.


I decided that the top three had major eeewwwww factor, so booze it was!!

Honestly I have done a slight version of these in the past using bourbon and sweet potatoes. But I love the color of yams and, well spiced rum? Ummm yes please!!

The sauce that cooks down with these is blow your mind delicious!

I mean I seriously wanted to forget the dish and just drink the sauce!! 

But I refrained, who knew I had self control? I have however, been eating leftovers cold out of the Tupperware because I don't even want to wait long enough to warm it up!

So if you are looking for a twist to your traditional candied yams, I hope you will give this recipe a try!

Do you have a traditional dish that you always make for Thanksgiving?



Spiced Rum Candied Yams

4 large yams, peeled and cut into chunks
1 1/2 cups light brown sugar
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup fresh orange juice
1 teaspoons vanilla
1 teaspoons orange zest
1 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup spiced rum, (I used Captian Morgan's Spiced Rum)
1/2 stick butter, cut into pieces
Marshmallows



Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
In a large heavy pot, combine the yams, sugar, water, orange juice, vanilla, orange zest, cinnamon, and salt. Bring to a simmer over high heat. Lower the heat, cover and simmer, stirring occasionally, until the yams are tender, about 20 minutes. Strain the yams out of the sauce and place in a casserole dish. Return the sauce to the pan.

Add the rum to the sauce and continue to cook until syrup is thickened, about another 15 minutes. Pour the syrup over the potatoes. Add the pieces of butter and the marshmallows (as many as you like). Place in the oven. Bake until the marshmallows are browned, about 10-15 minutes. Remove from the heat and serve immediately.

Serves 6 to 8

ENJOY!!


52 comments:

  1. I love the rum in this - certainly brings Granny's candied yams up a notch!

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  2. I am missing out on all the good stuff. I love yams and used to always eat candied yams. The rum in this sure makes me want to try this and pay the piper later.

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    1. Oh yes, this isn't a great dish for you Terry :( Maybe you could try just a little?

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  3. Yummy Yummy--I never thought of putting rum in with candied Yams--sounds like a plan to me!

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  4. Oooh, I love that you said "flavahhhh" just like us here in Boston LOL. These sound fantastic and I am definitely looking forward to seeing what else you come up with!

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    1. I had an Aunt from Boston so I think sometimes I channel her :)

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  5. I am not yam person but seeing this gets me even more excited for Thanksgiving!

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    1. It seems like the holidays are the only times I eat yams, bit I make up for it believe me!!

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  6. You can never go wrong with rum on anything! These sound delicious, great recipe :)

    Happy Blogging!
    Happy Valley Chow

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  7. The name just made me think YUM then the explanation definite YUM! Oh to be a master cook! x

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    1. LOL Sarah, you could make these, they are really easy.

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  8. I have been trying to find foods that were a new twist on the standard foods, this is definitely a twist! I have no alcohol in the house so I will have to go buy one of those little bottles to make it!

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    1. Yes you only need 1/2 cup so a small bottle would be great.

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  9. We have a recipe that is exactly like this but without the rum. The kids love it.

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    1. I hope you will give the rum version a try!

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  10. I'm not a yam person, per say... but I would try these! This sounds yummy and the picture looks yummy, so they have to be yummy, right? Happy Thanksgiving to you!

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    1. Exactly!! Happy Thanksgiving to you too Ashley!

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  11. I think yams are either you love them or you don't. I'm on the don't list and that really irritates my mom and grandma because they LOVE them, and insist on having them each Thanksgiving. I'll have to pass your recipe on to them.

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    1. Thanks Theresa. I hope they give them a try :)

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  12. I have only liked my grandmother's yams, but now that I live in TX and she lives in IN I need to figure out how to make Yams I like! So with that being said thank you I am trying this one out!

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  13. We dont drink but certainly will try this recipe with out the alcohol

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    1. Yes, they would be good without the rum too.

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  14. haha, "booze" love that - it can definitely spice things up and if you heat it enough the alcohol is burnt out so you just get the taste.

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    1. Yes, it boils for a bit so most of the alcohol will be cooked out of the sauce.

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  15. I can totally see how rum would enhance sweet potato flavor. It sounds good!

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  16. Yummy. Silly question though from a Brit. Is a yam the same as a sweet potato? Sorry to ask, lol xx

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    1. No they are different. Yams are the brighter orange fleshed one.

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  17. Yumm I love making these during the fall. We don't use marshmallows though . Not anymore, We sprinkle some brown sugar on top and eat it that way

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    1. Yes, I tried to get away from the marshmallows one year ut I think the kids wanted to kill me LOL

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  18. Haven't tried cooking yams here in US. This dish looks delicious!

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    1. They are yummy Mel. I hope you give them a try!

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  19. These candied yams look pretty delicious! I've never tried yams before, but I definitely would if they were made like this!

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    1. I don't think I have ever had yams any other way than like this

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  20. This looks and sounds pretty darn good. I will have to buy me some rum for this!

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  21. My husband has always loved yams so I know that he would love this recipe. It's so exciting that the holidays are finally upon us.

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  22. I need to come to your house for the holidays, you live by my rules. BOOZE, CHEESE....mmmm.. Spiced rum candied yams??? YES PLEASE!

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  23. I've never had yams in my life. These look really good. I love rum, so I imagine I'd totally enjoy trying these. Thanks for sharing this recipe with us.

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    1. This is a great dish for a first time yam person. I hope you give it a try.

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  24. I don't normally like yams, but these sound pretty darn good! I may just have to make some this year, thanks!

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    1. I hope you give a small batch a try Amberlee!

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  25. I barely eat yams. Thanks for giving me a recipe to try!

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    1. I eat them at the holidays. I should work on some recipes for other dishes.

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