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Candied Yams: Yum or Yuck?

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Candied Yams: Yum or Yuck?

There are two types of people in this world, those who like marshmallows on their sweet potatoes and those who would rather be stuck seated next to crazy drunk Aunt Margaret for three hours than be forced to eat said side. In my humble opinion, marshmallows should not be allowed within a 2-foot radius of sweet potatoes, or any otherwise savory dish. It’s just not right. S’mores? Sure. But please keep them away from my vegetables.

So in honor of my aversion, following are some alternative approaches to the mighty yam. (And for your Thanksgiving tuber trivia (you can wow ‘em over cocktails with this one): In America, although the terms have become interchangeable, we have sweet potatoes, not yams–the two are not related botanically.)

How about you? Do you pass on the candied sweet potatoes, or ask to please pass them your way, stat? I know many people who love the sweet goop piled high on theirs (and they’re still my friends). Vote in the poll at the end of the recipes and leave a comment about how you like yours.

Next, four thankfully-marshmallow-free recipes: Sweet Potato Gratin With Coconut Milk and Chipotle Chile, Spicy Sweet Potaotes, Lip Smackiní Sweet Potato Casserole, and Golden Potato Root Mash.

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Melissa Breyer

Melissa Breyer is a writer and editor with a background in sustainable living, specializing in food, science and design. She is the co-author of True Food (National Geographic) and has edited and written for regional and international books and periodicals, including The New York Times Magazine. Melissa lives in Brooklyn, NY.

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11:13PM PDT on Sep 8, 2013

Yum, thank you for sharing.

11:13PM PDT on Sep 8, 2013

Yum, thank you for sharing.

11:12PM PDT on Sep 8, 2013

Yum, thank you for sharing.

11:11PM PDT on Sep 8, 2013

Yum, thank you for sharing.

2:05PM PDT on Apr 27, 2012

I don't like sweet potatoes. I like potatoes to taste of potatoes...not sweet.

10:28PM PST on Dec 3, 2011

I like sweet potatoes... Deep fried in tempura, baked with butter & cinnamon sugar, or as a casserole, but I like with the pecans roasted. Skip the flour. But the occasional marshmallow isn't going to hurt anyone as long as you're not partaking all year around.

4:18AM PST on Dec 3, 2011

Thanks for the wonderful recipes...

9:08PM PST on Dec 1, 2011

I like sweet potatos any way they are prepared...especially with a bit of brown sugar & butter,

6:21PM PST on Nov 28, 2011

Yummy to yams and yuck to marshmellows.
I love my yams roasted with rosemary, thyme, parsley, Olive oil and seasoned with salt and pepper. I'll pass on the marshmellows and refined sugars some people cook with their yams.

1:52PM PST on Nov 28, 2011

marshmallows are yummy not yams

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