Pecan Praline-Crusted Yams Recipe

Pecan Praline-Crusted Yams Recipe
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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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Ingredients

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

Directions

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.

Nutritional Facts

Total Fat
15g
21%
Sugar
66g
73%
Saturated Fat
7g
29%
Cholesterol
31mg
10%
Carbohydrate, by difference
112g
86%
Protein
5g
11%
Vitamin A, RAE
146µg
21%
Vitamin C, total ascorbic acid
9mg
12%
Vitamin K (phylloquinone)
11µg
12%
Calcium, Ca
121mg
12%
Choline, total
25mg
6%
Fiber, total dietary
5g
20%
Fluoride, F
2µg
0%
Folate, total
13µg
3%
Iron, Fe
2mg
11%
Magnesium, Mg
38mg
12%
Manganese, Mn
1mg
56%
Niacin
2mg
14%
Pantothenic acid
1mg
20%
Phosphorus, P
106mg
15%
Selenium, Se
5µg
9%
Sodium, Na
202mg
13%
Vitamin D (D2 + D3)
1µg
7%
Water
394g
15%
Zinc, Zn
1mg
13%

Pecan Shopping Tip

Whenever possible, purchase whole, not presliced or chopped nuts. They have a longer shelf life.

Pecan Cooking Tip

Toasting your nuts helps release essential oils and intensifies their flavor.