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Holiday Yams with Brown Sugar & Pecans

This is one delicious holiday dish... sure to be a new family favorite! You can use yams or sweet potatoes to make this festive casserole!
Prep Time45 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Servings: 8
Author: Simply Happenstance


  • 1 1/2 pounds yams {or sweet potatoes}
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 egg beaten
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla


  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 cup pecans


  • Grease a 2-quart baking dish; set aside. Scrub and peel potatoes. Cut off and discard the ends. Cut potatoes into cubes. In a covered saucepan, cook potatoes in a small amount of boiling water for 25 to 35 minutes or until tender. Drain and return potatoes to pan.
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Add granulated sugar, milk, egg, 1/4 cup butter, and vanilla to hot potatoes in pan. With a wooden spoon, stir to break the potatoes, but do not completely mash them. Transfer potato mixture to the prepared baking dish.
  • For topping, in a small bowl, combine brown sugar and flour. With a pastry blender {or using your hands}, mix in 3 tablespoons of butter until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Stir in pecan pieces. Sprinkle topping over potato mixture.
  • Bake, uncovered, in preheated oven for approximately 25 minutes or until set. If desired, garnish with pecan halves.


Adapted from Comfort Cooking Recipes {BHG}