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Patti Labelle Candied Yams Recipe

If you have a sweet tooth and can’t stop craving something sweet, this recipe is for you!

Patti Labelle Candied Yams is a very popular dessert made of sweet potatoes.

Great desserts CAN be made of veggies, believe it or not.

But candied yams not only taste wonderful, they are an excellent and nutritious source of complex carbohydrates.

With only a handful of ingredients on hand, you can create a healthy sweet potato treat at home in less than 1 hour.

Follow along for the easiest step-by-step Patti Labelle Candied Yams recipe.

How to Make Patti Labelle Candied Yams

Pumpkin pie and candied yam dishes are always in demand during the holidays, especially if you prefer roasted sweet potato casserole.

The texture of the cooked yams gives a different texture which is hard to find in pumpkins.

However, there’s always a slight difference between the recipe where yams play the main role.

So, these candied yams will be a beautiful art presented by you to your family members.

They will be stunned.

If you’re as excited to get this party started, let’s go through the ingredients you’ll need for this savory dish.

Ingredients:

(10 servings) 

  • 4 pounds of sweet potato
  •  ½ cup of butter
  • 1 ¼ cups corn syrup
  • ¼ cup of honey
  • 2 tbsp vanilla
  • ¼ tsp nutmeg
  • 1 cup + 2 tsp light brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp cinnamon powder
  •  ¼ tsp salt

Instructions

plate of candied yams

The oven-baked candied sweet potatoes can be prepared in a variety of different methods.

The core ingredients stay the same, but the spice and other flavors may see a change.

Nonetheless, this Patti Labelle candied yams recipe is not hard to make at all.

It doesn’t require a tremendous amount of time to cook and serve.

However, you’ll need to keep a few things in mind.

Try to find thinner and longer yams for this recipe as they are easier to cut in a uniform size.

Even sizing will get you even cooking. Keep that in mind.

Besides, keep an eye on the sugar-butter mixture so you don’t end up with a runny consistency.

It should form a syrup when mixed with yams and cover them completely.

This method ensures all yams will be equally tender and cooked.

Now let’s go through the process of cooking Patti Labelle candied sweet potatoes step by step.

Step 1: 

Prepare the potatoes by washing them and setting them to boil.

Put sweet potatoes in a large pot without overcrowding and fill the pot with water.

Potatoes should be fully covered. Then cook until tender.

Your potatoes should be tender enough, but not mushy. They should keep their shape.

Step 2: 

Prepare the baking dish.

While the potatoes are boiling you can prepare the candied sauce.

Melt the butter on low heat and add a cup of brown sugar.

Keep stirring until the sugar dissolves in the butter completely.

The result should be a thick paste.

Step 3: 

Add the remaining ingredients: nutmeg, salt, honey, vanilla, light corn syrup, and cinnamon powder.

Continue stirring until you get a smooth texture with a medium-like consistency.

You should make enough candied sauce to coat the yams evenly.

Step 4: 

Get back to the sweet potatoes. Remove them from heat and drain the excess water.

Alternatively, scoop them from the pot with a spoon.

Let the potatoes cool down in a bowl filled with cold water. It should take around 10-15 minutes.

In the meantime, preheat the oven to 350𐩑F.

Step 5: 

Peel the potatoes and cut them into 1-inch thick circular shapes.

Or cut them in the size you prefer.

But remember that thinner sizes will absorb more sauce.

Transfer the cup of potatoes onto the baking sheet and top with the candied sauce.

Then sprinkle 2 garnishing tablespoons of brown sugar onto the potatoes.

Step 6: 

Transfer the dish to the oven and bake for around 45-60 minutes.

Monitor the progress every 10-15 minutes and give the potato mixture a mix for even cooking.

Continue baking until the candied yams are ready.

Step 7: 

Remove the potatoes from the oven once ready and allow them to sit for a while.

Then drizzle some caramel sauce on top and serve!

Ingredient Substitution

Patti Labelle’s candied sweet potato recipe is very flexible if you want to twist the ingredients.

You can add something different to the existing basic elements or use an interesting alternative.

Don’t be afraid to experiment as long as you’re satisfied with the final result.

Maple syrup

Although maple syrup has a specific flavor and a bit thinner consistency, you can still use it instead of corn syrup for this candied potatoes recipe.

Just keep in mind that maple syrup has a quite strong earthy flavor.

You don’t want the recipe to be overwhelmed with a maple component.

Alternatively, you can simply increase the amount of honey, leaving the corn syrup out altogether.

Mace

nutmeg mace sub in candied yams

Did you know that nutmeg and mace are related

Mace is the outer layer of the nutmeg seeds.

That’s why mace is the best option when you’re looking for a replacement for nutmeg.

They both offer a warm and sweet flavor and can be used in equal parts.

So substitute nutmeg with mace in a 1:1 ratio.

What to Serve with Patti Labelle Candied Yams

When it comes to hosting a family gathering on holidays we always break our hands over what to serve.

But fear not as this Patti Labelle Candied Yams will work great with anything: chicken, beef, fish, and veggies.

Bring everything you’ve got for the party, and these candied potatoes will complement all dishes on your menu.

Green beans casserole

Green beans casserole is a perfect side dish to serve as part of a meal inspired by the “soul food” traditions.

All you need is fresh beans and a handful of other ingredients you probably already have in your pantry.

Thick and creamy green beans casserole is typically served on Thanksgiving dinner.

But it will steal the spotlight on any family gathering.

Add Candies and yams on the side and you’re bound to wow your guests.

Meatloaf

You can never go wrong with a classic meatloaf on a holiday. It is super quick, easy and so delicious.

Don’t be intimidated by cooking it. Meatloaf just pretends to be fancy.

It’s just ground beef with all of your favorite seasonings.

And it has so much room for experimenting.

Hide some secret ingredients inside, spice things up with a hot sauce or go for a classic.

We’ve got just the meatloaf recipe you need to pair with the savory candied yams.

How to Store Patti Labelle Candied Yams

We doubt you’ll have any candied yams left once you serve them.

But in case you have some left, you need to store them properly.

Luckily, yams store pretty well.

Store Patti Labelle Candied Yams in the Fridge

When storing leftover candies and yams in the fridge, the best material to use is plastic.

So ideally you should use a plastic airtight container. But freezer bags work too.

Once the candied yams cool, you can transfer them into a container and keep them in the fridge for about 3-5 days.

If you see any signs of deterioration throw the yams away.

Store Patti Labelle Candied Yams in the Freezer

If you want to keep your Patti Labelle candied yams for longer than 5 days store them in the freezer.

Storing cooked yams in the freezer is a little different than storing them in the fridge.

You should wrap them in aluminum foil first.

Note: you can sprinkle your yams with a little lemon juice to prevent deterioration while in the freezer.

Then place your wrapped candied yams in the heavy-duty freezer bag and store them in the freezer for about 12 months.

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Patti Labelle Candied Yams Recipe

Patti Labelle candied yams are a perfect dessert for your next family get-together. Sweet, savory, and quite filling. You need just a handful of ingredients and under 1 hour of your time!
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 40 mins
Total Time 55 mins
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Equipment
  • Cooking pot
  • baking sheet
Ingredients
  
  • 4 lbs Sweet potatoes
  • 1/2 cup Butter
  • 1 1/4 cups Corn syrup
  • 2 tbsp Vanilla
  • 1/4 tsp Nutmeg
  • 1 cup + 2 tsp Light brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp Cinnamon powder
  • 1/4 tsp Salt
Instructions
 
  • Prepare the potatoes by washing them and setting them to boil.
    Put sweet potatoes in a large pot without overcrowding and fill the pot with water.
  • Prepare the baking dish.
    Melt the butter on low heat and add a cup of brown sugar.
  • Add the remaining ingredients: nutmeg, salt, honey, vanilla, light corn syrup, and cinnamon powder.
    Continue stirring until you get a smooth texture with a medium-like consistency.
  • Get back to the sweet potatoes. Remove them from heat and drain the access water.
    Let the potatoes cool down in a bowl filled with cold water. It should take around 10-15 minutes.
    In the meantime, preheat the oven to 350𐩑F.
  • Peel the potatoes and cut them into 1-inch thick circular shapes.
    Transfer the cup of potatoes onto the baking sheet and top with the candied sauce.
    Then sprinkle 2 garnishing tablespoons of brown sugar onto the potatoes.
  • Transfer the dish to the oven and bake for around 45-60 minutes.
    Monitor the progress every 10-15 minutes and give the potato mixture a mix for even cooking.
  • Remove the potatoes from the oven once ready and allow them to sit for a while.
    Then drizzle some caramel sauce on top and serve!
Nutrition
Carbohydrates: 112gProtein: 5gFat: 26gSaturated Fat: 13gCholesterol: 58mgSodium: 628mgPotassium: 863mgFiber: 8gSugar: 74gVitamin A: 32905IUVitamin C: 10mgCalcium: 112mgIron: 4mg

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