Thanksgiving is right around the corner, which means we’ll be stocking up on groceries and making our menus in no time. In our family, Grandma always hosts Thanksgiving at her house, so I bring some sort of side dish along with me. Yams are one of the traditional Thanksgiving dinner staples, but I’ve never prepared them myself before, so when I was in the grocery store last week I picked up a few so that I could do a test run prior to the big day.
Tried and true family recipes are an important part of Thanksgiving, so I dusted off one of my vintage cookbooks to find a good candied yam recipe. This time, I turned to The Prudence Penny Regional Cookbook, which was originally published in 1939 and has an awesome, eclectic collection of recipes from around the US. I found a good-looking recipe for candied yams right away and set about making it. The original recipe didn’t offer much guidance on how to prep the yams before putting them in the casserole dish, so I hopped on Google and used these resources to help guide me in parboiling them. I also made some ingredient substitutions, swapping out butter for coconut oil and replacing the sugar with Truvia. The result is a perfect marriage of a classic 1930s recipe with 2015 ingredients: These yams are soft, sweet, and simply delicious!
Candied Yams Made With Truvia
3 medium garnet yams
1/2 C boiling water
1/4 C Truvia Baking Blend
2 TBSP coconut oil
Cinnamon (To taste)
PAM Cooking Spray
Parboil the yams for about 30 minutes, or until softened but still somewhat firm in the center. Transfer the yams to a colander and run cold water over them. Once the yams are cool enough to handle, peel them and cut off the ends. Cut each yam in half lengthwise.
Spray a 9 x 5 x 3″ casserole dish with PAM. Layer the yams in the dish, covering each yam with dollops of coconut oil, then sprinkling with the Truvia and cinnamon. Once all of the yams are placed in the dish, add the boiling water, cover the casserole and bake at 350 degrees. After 15 minutes, turn the yams so that the ones on the bottom are moved to the top, to help them cook evenly. Bake for a total of 30-40 minutes, or until tender.
What are your signature Thanksgiving side dishes?
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