Add yams or sweet potatoes to your Thanksgiving sides. Make them plain or like dessert.


Don’t Forget the Yams!

Sweet Potatoes
Last Minute Yams

There are so many ways to cook yams:

  • Candied
  • Air fried
  • Roasted
  • Boiled
  • Pressure cooked
  • Microwaved

And because they are naturally sweet, yams are good cooked simply with no extra sugar or toppings.

Some people like ’em. Some don’t. If you and your Thanksgiving dinner guests like sweet potatoes or yams, make these easy Tangy Sweet Yams.

Do-Ahead Tips

The main cook in a kitchen on big turkey day is a very busy person. So make it easy on yourself.

These do-ahead tips can save a little stress on Thanksgiving Day:

  1. Peel the yams on the night before Thanksgiving.
  2. Slice the yams.
  3. Put the slices in baggies, and they are ready to cook the next day.

The Recipe

Tangy Sweet Yams

A yam recipe that's easy to make at the last minute.


  • 6 medium yams
  • 1/3 can frozen orange juice (no water added)
  • 2 cups brown sugar
  • 1/2 large bag mini marshmallows


  1. Peel the yams (or sweet potatoes) the night before cooking.

  2. After peeling the potatoes, slice them into 1/2 inch slices.

  3. Put the yams into a gallon-size (or two quart-size) baggies and store in the fridge until the next day.

  4. Boil yams 'til tender in electric skillet or large pot on stove. 
  5. Drain most of the liquid. 
  6. Add the frozen orange juice, brown sugar, and marshmallows. If it's too tangy, add more brown sugar and marshmallows.
    Sweet Potatoes

Recipe Notes

If you prefer, save the marshmallows until last. Then preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Put the yam mixture into a foil pan after cooking on the stove. Then place the marshmallows on top, and bake just until they are melted. Remove from the oven, and the yams are ready to eat.

Crunchy Texture with Pecans

Give your yams a crunchy texture with pecans. Or you may prefer your yams smooth and sweet with melted marshallows.

Should you decide on the crunchy texture, sprinkle pecan pieces in with the marshmallows. Otherwise, skip the pecans and enjoy a smooth delectable sweet and tangy yam dish.

Save Cooking Time by Using Kitchen Appliances

When the turkey is baking in the oven, save cooking time by using kitchen appliances. It’s helpful to utilize handy kitchen appliances for preparing your holiday sides.

I made this recipe several years ago in an electric skillet because the stove we had at the time kept tripping the breaker. Cooking in an electric skillet also helps if you have all the burners on the stove on. 

Besides my electric skillet, I usually use my electric pressure cooker. What’s nice about using a pressure cooker is two things can be cooking in it at the same time. For example, corn on the cob can be placed on the bottom and yams on top of the rack. 


Happy Thanksgiving!

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