Sunday, September 28, 2014

Yammering About Classic Candied Hoosier Yams


A Hoosier Yam by Any Other Name is a Sweet Potato

Unless you are shopping in a market outside the United States, your candied yams are really just candied sweet potatoes. Both yams and sweet potatoes come from flowering plants known as angiosperms. The two are not botanically related. Yams are a monocot; a plant having one seed leaf. Sweet potatoes are called divot; a plant having two seed leaves. Sweet potatoes are from the morning glory family; known as the convolvuacea family of flowering plants.
The first commercially grown sweet potatoes were of a firm variety. Softer varieties of sweet potatoes were introduced into market farmers wanted them to be distinguished from their firmer brethren. Softer verities of sweet potatoes had been grown in plantation gardens in the South. African slaves referred to them as, ‘yams’. The name ‘yam’ was applied to the new softer variety of commercial sweet potato. Today we use the name yam interchangeably with sweet potato.
The softer, orange-fleshed variety of sweet po...
The softer, orange-fleshed variety of sweet potato, commonly referred to as a yam in the United States (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Sweet potatoes in the field
Sweet potatoes in the field (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Cook Time Classic Hoosier Candied Yams
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Yields: Serves four to six people

A yam in the US is just a soft sweet potato
A yam in the US is just a soft sweet potato

Ingredients Classic Candied Hoosier Yams

  • 3 to 4 yams or sweet potato, boil
  • 1/3 cup Brown Sugar
  • 1/2 cup Orange Juice
  • 10 to 12 Marshmallows, large, sliced or miniture (optional)
  • 4 tbsp butter

Instructions for Classic Candied Yams

  1. Boil three large or four medium yams. Leave the skin on.This helps the yam to not get too mushy.
  2. When yams are tender drain and set aside to cool. The cooled yam should be easy to peel with your finger.
  3. Grease a 11/2 quart casserole. Slice large marshmallows or use miniture marshmallows. ( Marshmallows are optional)
  4. Alternate layers of yam slices,butter,sugar, and marshmallow slices.
  5. When finsihed layering pour orange juice over the whole casserole
  6. Bake in a pre heated 375 degree oven for 30 minutes.

Classic Candied Hoosier Yams

Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 1
Calories from Fat63
% Daily Value *
Fat 7 g11%
Saturated fat 3 g15%
Carbohydrates 43 g14%
Sugar 24 g
Fiber 4 g16%
Protein 2 g4%
Cholesterol 10 mg3%
Sodium 310 mg13%
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.

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