Pecan Praline-Crusted Yams Recipe



For the pecan crust

  • 2 tablespoons  butter, melted
  • 2 cups  cream
  • 2 cups  brown sugar
  • 4 cups  pecans, toasted and chopped roughly
  • 1 teaspoon  salt
  • 1 teaspoon  ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon  ground nutmeg
  • 4 teaspoons  vanilla extract

For the yams

  •   Salt, for boiling yams
  • 5 pounds  yams, peeled and cut into large dice
  • 8 tablespoons  butter
  • eggs
  • 1/2 cup  milk
  • 1/2 cup  brown sugar

This is based on a family recipe from my mother. The pecan crust lends a nice crunch to the yams, and the spices add a touch of refinement.

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For the pecan crust

Place the butter in a heavy saucepan. Add the cream, sugar, pecans, salt, and spices and whisk until well combined. Bring to a boil over medium heat, reduce to a simmer, and cook for 5 minutes, stirring often. Remove from heat and add the vanilla extract.

For the yams

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.

Bring a large pot of salted water to boil over high heat. Add the yams and cook until soft. Remove from heat and strain completely. Place in a mixing bowl, add the butter, and beat with a whisk until smooth. Add the eggs and whisk again to incorporate.

Scald the milk in a saucepan: Bring it nearly to a boil over medium heat, stirring regularly, to keep the bottom from scorching. When bubbles start to form around the edges, remove from heat. Add the milk to the yams. Add the sugar and mix well. Transfer to a baking dish.

Pour the pecan praline over yam mixture and bake in the oven for 20 minutes. Use a cake tester to check for doneness. Serve hot.


Calories per serving:

1,340 calories

Dietary restrictions:

High Fiber Vegetarian, Gluten Free, Wheat Free, Peanut Free, Soy Free, Fish Free, Shellfish Free, Alcohol Free, No Oil Added

Daily value:



  • Fat 623g 959%
  • Carbs 1,257g 419%
  • Saturated 216g 1,082%
  • Fiber 137g 547%
  • Trans 5g
  • Sugars 584g
  • Monounsaturated 263g
  • Polyunsaturated 109g
  • Protein 103g 206%
  • Cholesterol 1,342mg 447%
  • Sodium 5,402mg 225%
  • Calcium 1,719mg 172%
  • Magnesium 1,121mg 280%
  • Potassium 21,761mg 622%
  • Iron 29mg 164%
  • Zinc 28mg 190%
  • Phosphorus 3,114mg 445%
  • Vitamin A 3,316µg 368%
  • Vitamin C 396mg 659%
  • Thiamin (B1) 6mg 376%
  • Riboflavin (B2) 3mg 150%
  • Niacin (B3) 19mg 94%
  • Vitamin B6 8mg 407%
  • Folic Acid (B9) 701µg 175%
  • Vitamin B12 3µg 42%
  • Vitamin D 9µg 2%
  • Vitamin E 24mg 118%
  • Vitamin K 94µg 118%
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