Free up your oven by making this delicious, updated Southern staple in your crock pot instead. Candied yams are the perfect complement to your holiday table spread, cutting through the richness of Thanksgiving gravy and the saltiness of the slow-roasted turkey. We've nixed the usual marshmallow toppings to let the true flavors of the seasonal veggie shine, but these yams are so buttery and decadent, you won't believe they still count as a dinner dish. This candied yams recipe is easy to master, teach your family members, and recreate for holidays to come.
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.