Friday, October 10, 2008

Yam Casserole

I recently saw an article about the confusion between yams and sweet potatoes. According to this article yams are white on the inside and sweet potatoes are orange. If this is true, I've been calling this casserole by the wrong name ... or changed the recipe. The signs in the grocery store agreed with what I thought was a yam, and so did the fellow who works in the produce department at my local Safeway. So, back to the article . . . I’m talking about the pinky/orange fleshed yams . . . I mean potatoes. =)

  • 10 - 12 small yams, peeled and cut crosswise 1/2 inch thick
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 – 1 cup walnuts
  • 1 small bag miniature marshmallows
  1. Arrange half the yam slices in a glass baking dish.
  2. Mix sugar, salt and pepper, then sprinkle half of it on the yams.
  3. Dot with half the butter, cut in small pieces.
  4. Arrange remaining yams and top with the rest of the sugar and butter.
  5. Cover with aluminum foil and bake at 400 F for 30 min.
  6. Sprinkle with walnuts and continue baking another 30 - 45 min. or until yams are soft.
  7. Five minutes before serving, remove foil, cover with mini marshmallows and bake uncovered until golden.

After posting this recipe, I actually found the original recipe, calling for sweet potatoes (orange in the photo) and more sugar and butter. You can add according to personal preferences, but even as posted it is quite sweet. About the potato or the yam, I've come to the conclusion that the name switches according to where you live.


  1. This looks absolutely fantastic. I think my sister-in-law makes a very similar dish and that is a holiday favorite for sure.....bring on the turkey!

  2. Finding a true yam is very hard to do! My produce guy says they only get them for Christmas and Thanksgiving. Supposedly true yams are great for meno issues (the female change,not menno, as in the constantly cooking girls!)

  3. Thanks so much, Anneliese, this looks so good. I was hoping it was coming soon. Wishing you a wonderful Thanksgiving.

  4. I'm the only one in my family that really really gets hungry for yams. . .I agree they are the darker ones.. . . I'll try again this year. . .maybe more of the pan will go missing.
    Your recipe looks yummy. . .and nearly gone too.

  5. happy thanksgiving...anneliese.
    i think it is yams that are orange and sweet potatoes that are white on the inside, anyway what ever it is this is a yummy dish and yams are one of my favorite foods!!!!
    oh and they are good for you too...minus the marshmellow-}

  6. Lovella, I know what you mean! If you look closely, you will see that there's corn for those who still can't get used to another sweet vegetable or refuse to try it. But, having said that, when I first made it for our extended family gathering it didn't go over too well. This year it almsot got cleaned up. If all of my kids had been able to be there, I would have had to make a bigger recipe, because they are the ones who like it. (we had our dinner last weekend so that at least one more of my kids could be there)

  7. Great Thanksgiving dish, Anneliese. My daughter makes one similar...and it is perfect with turkey or ham.

  8. When I make yams with marshmellows...I first boil and mash them, like mashed potatos. Then I add the marshmellows and quickly bake.

  9. well, we've gotten it wrong all these years! sweet potatoes are orange and yams are truly yellowish/white on the inside! anyways, thanks for the recipe, i'm about to give it a go!