Last Minute Thanksgiving Yams

Don’t Forget the Yams!

Sweet Potatoes
Last Minute Yams

Some people like ’em. Some don’t. Yams. Sweet potatoes. Nutritious. Make them plain or like dessert. But – they’re easy to cook, and someone is sure to thank you for the Thanksgiving yams – especially these Tangy Sweet Yams.

Do Ahead Tips

Yams or sweet potatoes are easy to cook, and they are a typical Thanksgiving side dish. And there are so many different ways to fix them. But when more than one cook plans to be in the kitchen on Thursday for the big turkey day, quick and easy works best. So first, peel the yams (or sweet potatoes if your grocery store didn’t have yams) on the night before Thanksgiving. Then slice them. 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.

As an option (if you love the kind of yams that taste like dessert – and you love pecans), sprinkle pecan pieces in with the marshmallows. But if you don’t like crunchy, skip the pecans and enjoy a smooth delectable sweet and tangy yam dish.

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 helpsĀ if you have all the burners on the stove on, plus the turkey in the oven, and something else in the slow cooker. This yam dish was a favorite of ours that year, so I decided to make it again this Thanksgiving. I hope you enjoy it!

Happy Thanksgiving!

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