Prep Time:
15 Mins
Cook Time:
4 Hours 2 Mins
Yield:
Makes 6 to 8 servings

We updated the Southern staple candied yams recipe so that it can be cooked in a slow cooker. It's an extra-easy choice to heat and take to your next family gathering or potluck dinner.

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How to Make It

Step 1

Microwave butter in a microwave-safe bowl at HIGH 30 seconds to 1 minute or until melted; stir in vanilla and salt.

Step 2

Stir together granulated sugar and brown sugar in a medium bowl.

Step 3

Layer potatoes and sugar mixture in a lightly greased 6-qt. slow cooker, beginning with potatoes and ending with sugar mixture. Pour butter mixture over top. Cover and cook on LOW 4 hours or until potatoes are tender.

Step 4

Transfer potatoes to a serving dish using a slotted spoon, reserving liquid in slow cooker. Keep potatoes warm.

Step 5

Remove 1/3 cup liquid from slow cooker; whisk cornstarch into 1/3 cup liquid until smooth. Carefully pour remaining liquid from slow cooker into a medium saucepan. Whisk in cornstarch mixture. Bring to a boil over medium heat; cook 1 to 2 minutes or until thickened. Pour over potatoes. Serve immediately.

Chef's Notes

The recipe name "candied yams" is a bit of a misnomer. Orange sweet potatoes are often  labeled as yams, but in truth, yams are in an entirely different family of root vegetables.  A  true yam is starchier than a sweet potato, but also sweet. Yams  come from Africa and the Caribbean, and must be cooked in order to be safe to consume. Cooking a yam is laborious: it can be difficult to peel the thick skin, and it must be pounded and boiled.

 

Ratings & Reviews

SueAnne

Lovestosew
December 04, 2017
I made these for Thanksgiving this year. They were a hit. Everyone raved over how good they were and they were so easy to make. Loved them and will continue to make these from now on. 

VSPflygirl's Review

SueAnne
November 24, 2012
Superb! Made it for Thanksgiving in the slow cooker for the first time. I usually bake in the oven. I did kick up the flavor. Try adding a 1/2 tsp. of each. Cinnamon,nutmeg and ginger. After I thickened the 1/3cup of liquid I added 2tbsp. Of Brandy,1/2 tsp of vanilla. Stir well and serve immediately. I catered an office party. I booked 6 people based on the yams from the first bite ....right away!!

suekath's Review

suekath
November 22, 2010
Made this last year, and was a true hit. Sweet but not too sweet. the yams were cooked and not mushy. it was great to make it and forget it in the slow cooker.

Shelly007's Review

Shelly007
December 18, 2012
How does this freeze? Is it still as tasty?

Lovestosew's Review

VSPflygirl
December 21, 2011
Made this for Thanksgiving this year and my husband and his brother loved it. Only 4 of us but very little was left of this. Very GOOD!!!