Pecan Praline-Crusted Yams Recipe

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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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8
Servings
1214
Calories Per Serving
Deliver Ingredients

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
  • 2 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.

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.

Nutritional Facts

Total Fat
74g
100%
Sugar
50g
N/A
Saturated Fat
27g
100%
Cholesterol
161mg
54%
Protein
12g
24%
Carbs
133g
44%
Vitamin A
412µg
46%
Vitamin B12
0.3µg
5%
Vitamin B6
1mg
49.7%
Vitamin C
49mg
82%
Vitamin D
1µg
N/A
Vitamin E
3mg
14%
Vitamin K
12µg
14%
Calcium
191mg
19%
Fiber
17g
66%
Folate (food)
86µg
N/A
Folate equivalent (total)
86µg
21%
Iron
3mg
19%
Magnesium
132mg
33%
Monounsaturated
31g
N/A
Niacin (B3)
2mg
11%
Phosphorus
371mg
53%
Polyunsaturated
13g
N/A
Potassium
2666mg
76%
Riboflavin (B2)
0.3mg
17.9%
Sodium
1126mg
47%
Sugars, added
44g
N/A
Thiamin (B1)
0.7mg
44.7%
Trans
0.6g
N/A
Zinc
3mg
22%

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