Candied Yams and Marshmallows

Ingredients

  • 2 ½ pounds yams
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 cups brown sugar
  • 1 cup orange juice
  • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 3 cups marshmallows
  • Directions

  • Step 1

    Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).

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  • Step 2

    Roast whole yams in preheated oven until heated through but not quite tender, 35 to 40 minutes. Allow to cool.

  • Step 3

    Reduce oven heat to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

  • Step 4

    Melt butter in a large pot over medium heat. Stir brown sugar, orange juice, and nutmeg with the melted butter to dissolve the sugar completely; bring to a boil, reduce heat to low, and cook until the liquid thickens into a syrup, 10 to 15 minutes.

  • Step 5

    Peel cooled yams. Cut yams into bite-size chunks; arrange in a single layer in a 13×9-inch baking dish. Drizzle syrup over the yams.

  • Step 6

    Bake in the preheated oven, twice opening the oven to spoon syrup over the yams, until the chunks are fork-tender, about 35 minutes. Arrange marshmallows over the yams and continue baking until the marshmallows are puffy and browned, about 10 minutes more.

  • Cook's Note:

    OJ can be replaced by water.

    Pecans can be stirred into the sweet potatoes before adding sauce.

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